NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 6

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

The end of non-conference play is nearing. Keep an eye on teams with soon to be eligible transfers for second semesters. Another key area to focus in on to close out non-conference play is breaks. The majority of schools will have extended time off in between games for final exams and before conference play begins.

ncb Power Rankings

Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 2 up 1 8-0
-19.5 Kansas
Undefeated and wins over the Spartans and Vols bolster the Jayhawks non-conference resume.
2 3 up 1 9-1
-19 Duke
As far as clear cut talent the Blue Devils remain gold and should avoid the typical pitfalls of ACC play this season.
3 5 up 2 9-0
-18.8 Virginia
Undefeated Virginia somehow slipped in the main polls. Not here as Tony Bennett's team is who they've always been. Defensive minded and just enough offense to topple just about any team in the country.
4 4 same 10-0
-18.5 Michigan
The Wolverines have been able to dictate pace in every matchup they've been in. It'll be interesting to see how they respond in a game when a double-digit deficit occurs.
5 7 up 2 7-1
-18.3 Tennessee
The victory was great over the Zags but it was also on a neutral court. Tennessee was able to muster two strong pushes when down by double-digits which showcases their will to not go away.
6 6 same 10-0
-18 Nevada
Slow starts plagued the Wolf Pack in all three of their latest games against the Trojans, Sun Devils, and Lopes. That's an area that will hurt a team tremendously in conference games.
7 1 down 6 9-1
-17.8 Gonzaga
You have to credit the Zags with a much stronger non-conference schedule than they've likely ever had. Sustaining one loss is probably above where the staff expected.
8 8 same 8-1
-17.5 Auburn
The cupcake schedule of the Wildcats continued this past week and is also on the agenda for their final four non-conference games.
9 12 up 3 8-1
-17 Florida St.
The Seminoles are one of the few teams that have hardly experience a true road game. A positive to that is they can grow as a team quicker. We'll see if their talent is up to par for the longevity of ACC conference play.
10 11 up 1 8-2
-16.8 Michigan St
Tom Izzo has kept his team on its feet on the defensive end ever since lapses in their loss against Louisville.
11 14 up 3 7-2
-16.5 North Carolina
What's known with North Carolina is they boast top talent with upper classmen. Everything else is a mystery as North Carolina has lost in two of their three main games.
12 15 up 3 8-1
-16.2 Virginia Tech
Buzz Williams is always one to have a plethora of scorers at his disposal. This year's team at Virginia Tech is his most potent yet.
13 17 up 4 9-0
-16 Buffalo
The Bulls keep answering in the win column and in a big way ATS.
14 19 up 5 9-0
-15.8 Texas Tech
The Red Raiders keep rolling. Victories over USC, Nebraska, and Memphis are mid-tier team level victories. It looks like we'll have to wait until Big 12 play to see if they are the real deal.
15 16 up 1 7-1
-15.6 Arizona State
A loss to Nevada was one that the Sun Devils will think about for quiet some time. You cannot leave the door open with a mid-teens lead at halftime.
16 18 up 2 8-1
-15.2 Ohio St.
One fact that has been showcased in non-conference play is that Chris Holtman was the proper hire at Ohio State.
17 10 down 7 8-2
-15 Wisconsin
Over the years Marquette seems to have the number of Wisconsin in their in-state yearly rivalry game.
18 9 down 9 7-2
-14.8 Kentucky
Coach Calipari looked like his team would escape victory against the Pirates but they just could not get the defensive stops when needed. The tough shots Seton Hall landed were March Madness style. The Wildcats need to learn how to pull away from teams better to prevent late game lapses.
19 N/R N/R 8-1
-14.5 Mississippi St.
In the past week the Bulldogs have picked up some nice resume wins over Davidson and Clemson.
20 21 up 1 11-0
-14 Furman
Can Furman survive the rest of non-conference play without a loss? To do so they'll need to get by an LSU team that was formerly ranked.
21 23 up 2 9-0
-12 Houston
The Cougars not only came back from a huge deficit against LSU but they also managed covered.
22 N/R N/R 8-2
-11.5 Marquette
The Golden Eagles picked big a big win over Wisconsin and seem ready to be a top three contender in the Big East.
23 24 up 1 9-0
-11 St. John's
Strength of schedule is starting to become an issue for the Johnnies as more and more team are building better cases. Yet the Johnnies have a back-court arsenal that is top twenty-five caliber that has avoided any pitfalls.
24 25 up 1 7-2
-10 Syracuse
While the zone is growing in strength points are still an issue for the Orange. Without answers on the offensive end they'lll be poised for another mediocre ACC conference record.
25 N/R N/R 8-2
-9.5 Indiana
The Hoosiers crack the top twenty-five thanks to consecutive strong wins over Penn State and Louisville.

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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