NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 15

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

The home stretch of the college basketball season is upon us. With the expansion of post-season college basketball tournaments it's important to not cloud your thoughts with only March Madness. Plenty of teams will continue their post-season in the NIT and CBI which has grown competitively in recent years.

ncb Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 23-3
(25-11-0)
-19.5 Duke
Barring injury the Blue Devils are as destined for the Final Four as Anthony Davis's 2012 Kentucky team.
2 1 down 1 24-2
(13-11-1)
-19 Tennessee
The Volunteers could not match the intensity of the Wildcats in Saturday's matchup. That type of atmosphere should serve as a wake up call for the Volunteers the rest of the way.
3 3 same 25-2
(18-9-0)
-18.8 Gonzaga
It was a sloppy affair for the Zags against Loyola but they pulled away in the end.
4 4 same 23-2
(18-7-0)
-18.5 Virginia
As the season has wore on the Cavaliers are starting to become one dimensional on the offensive end. Too many perimeter three point shots instead of proper half court offense.
5 9 up 4 22-4
(15-11-0)
-18.3 Kentucky
There are few teams that have continued an upward trend since the beginning of conference play. Kentucky has been one of them and does not appear their ceiling is close to being met.
6 6 same 25-1
(17-8-1)
-18 Houston
Ten straight wins for the Cougars has positioned them for the typical seeding a team such as Wichita State or Cincinnati.
7 5 down 2 24-2
(16-8-1)
-17.8 Nevada
Wednesday's challenge against San Diego State will bode as a key point for the Wolf Pack. Last year during the Mountain West conference tournament the Wolf Pack struggled in a blow out to the Aztecs.
8 10 up 2 23-3
(14-12-0)
-17.5 Michigan
Michigan had a nice bounce back win at home against Maryland by holding them to a season-low fifty-two points.
9 13 up 4 21-5
(16-8-2)
-17 North Carolina
Quietly the Tar Heels have won eight of nine games but still need to showcase a high quality win. They'll have a chance tonight against the Duke Blue Devils.
10 8 down 2 21-5
(14-11-1)
-16.8 Louisiana State
The margin for error for victories for the Tigers continues to remain small. In their last four games, which were all wins, they've won by a combined fifteen points.
11 11 same 18-9
(14-11-2)
-16.5 Louisville
It was nearly a double-disastrous week for the Cardinal. An easy win against Clemson Saturday took a turn for the worst for backers and nearly resulted in a loss.
12 12 same 22-5
(19-8-0)
-16.2 Michigan St
Michigan State is a power five team that consistently gets love in March no matter their status. The makeup of their team is the best it's been in years but will they be able to avoid another early exit?
13 7 down 6 22-4
(17-9-0)
-16.1 Marquette
The Golden Eagles have the offense to make them a scary out in March. In a tournament format will the offense be able to hold up.
14 15 up 1 21-5
(11-14-1)
-16 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders have won four straight. Impressive play on the defensive end of the floor has led to key road victories and given this a team a much-needed boost in confidence.
15 16 up 1 21-5
(13-12-1)
-15.8 Florida St.
It's never been an issue for Leonard Hamilton in-conference in the ACC. The problem continues to be early exits in March.
16 19 up 3 20-6
(12-14-0)
-15.6 Kansas
The Jayhawks had the look of a team that could fall mightily before their conference tournament. Credit to Bill Self for keeping this team's composure intact.
17 18 up 1 20-7
(14-12-1)
-15.2 Maryland
The Terrapins have that rare balance on the defensive and offensive end in college basketball. A young team they could play with a chip on their shoulder in March.
18 20 up 2 19-7
(14-11-1)
-15 Purdue
The Boilermakers could not score against the Hoosiers but managed to squeeze out a very tight 48-46 hard fought win.
19 14 down 5 20-7
(17-10-0)
-14.8 Villanova
Consecutive losses and a deficit to the Hoyas at posting show the gap of this Nova team and years prior.
20 21 up 1 23-3
(15-9-1)
-14.5 Buffalo
The Bulls seem to have things back in order after a couple of questionable losses in the MAC.
21 22 up 1 19-7
(14-10-2)
-14 Iowa St.
The Hawkeyes continue to be impressive when they have their offense in order. A victory Saturday to end Kansas State's win streak is the icing on their cake for their March Madness resume.
22 17 down 5 20-6
(15-11-0)
-12 Kansas St.
With Dean Wade back in the lineup the Wildcats had an easy pull away Monday victory over the Mountaineers.
23 23 same 20-6
(12-14-0)
-11.5 Iowa
It was a tough home loss for the Hawkeyes Tuesday against the Terrapins. Iowa just could not get their main scorers going and got in a bit of foul trouble early.
24 24 same 23-4
(13-11-0)
-11 Wofford
Fourteen straight victories for the Terriers have still not cracked the main polls. They'll get a week off of full rest before Saturday's big showdown against Furman.
25 N/R N/R 21-4
(12-13-0)
-10 Cincinnati
Fortunate wins early in conference play can prove to be critical in a late season push. The Bearcats had those with overtime wins that could have gone the other way. Now they've come together and just need to keep their momentum offensively.

Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.

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