NCAAB Power Rankings: Week 15

By Zack Cimini - Covers Expert

Michigan State reclaimed the No. 1 spot in our latest college hoops Power Rankings from Virginia after nine consecutive victories, while smaller schools like Xavier and Cincinnati continue to impress, forcing their way into the Top 5. Meanwhile, Trae Young and Oklahoma continue to tumble, in fact they have fallen all the way out of the rankings. Where does your favorite program rank?

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Rank Last Week Change Team W-L (ATS) Power Rating Team Comments
1 3 up 2 25-3
(14-12-2)
-19.5 Michigan St
After three tight victories the Spartans showed their octane capability in a road blowout of Minnesota.
2 1 down 1 24-2
(17-5-1)
-18.8 Virginia
The Cavaliers did lose in overtime to the Hokies but showed resiliency to get the game to overtime. Sometimes the drive of a team looking for a tournament worthy win is going to outdo a team's performance.
3 5 up 2 24-3
(19-8-0)
-18.5 Xavier
When it comes down to scoring baskets what team can score as easily as Xavier? Not many and that will be a tournament quality to boost Xavier.
4 6 up 2 23-3
(13-9-1)
-18 Cincinnati
The Bearcats are inching closer and closer to an unfathomable rise. This is not a team to discount just because they're in a weaker conference overall. The Bearcats are legit and have a core nucleus of players with the same system intangibles developed by Cronin while in the Big East.
5 7 up 2 21-5
(15-9-0)
-17.8 Duke
Minus Marvin Bagley the Blue Devils are causing even further destruction ATS. The team glows with confidence led by Coach K.
6 4 down 2 23-3
(17-9-0)
-17.7 Villanova
Losses are bound to happen but weren't expected in the fashion that Villanova has allowed. In both losses to St. John's and Providence the Wildcats were down from start to finish.
7 8 up 1 22-4
(13-9-0)
-17.6 Texas Tech
The Big 12's dominant team continues to stand alone in Texas Tech. Yet the Red Raiders also had as balanced of a schedule as any team in the top twenty-five amongst a power five conference. Their true gauge will come with season concluding games against Kansas, West Virginia, and TCU.
8 2 down 6 23-5
(14-12-1)
-17.5 Purdue
Gone is a viable chance for a one seed barring an unblemished conclusion to the Boilermakers season, which would include a Big 10 conference tourney title.
9 14 up 5 22-6
(14-12-0)
-16.9 Ohio St.
Ohio State continues to be that out of nowhere team that continues to get the job done. Their road win over Purdue likely shifted them up to a two or three seed versus a four or five.
10 17 up 7 24-4
(11-13-1)
-16 Gonzaga
Avenging a conference loss is done in level of degrees. The Zags beat down of St. Mary's was over in the first five minutes as they exploded out to a 22-5 lead.
11 9 down 2 23-3
(18-6-0)
-15.8 Auburn
The SEC is slowly but surely showcasing that it is not on the level of the other four power conferences. Still, the Tigers are showcasing merit to be a viable tournament team.
12 15 up 3 21-4
(14-8-1)
-15.2 Rhode Island
The Rams tore apart their last two opponents in Davidson and Richmond. Their most impressive trait in the wins was a high level of defense uplifted ATS by improvement offensively.
13 10 down 3 20-6
(12-12-1)
-15 Kansas
At this juncture of the season the Jayhawks have shown who they are as best as any top twenty team. They're a very good team but are highly susceptible on a nightly basis. Still after a blowout loss to Baylor, they responded as a top fifteen team should in a hard fought win over Iowa State.
14 12 down 2 24-4
(11-12-1)
-14.8 St. Mary's
A loss to the Zags certainly hurt the spirit of the Gaels but a road victory over Gonzaga saves them from past season sweeps.
15 22 up 7 20-7
(15-10-1)
-14.6 North Carolina
The Tar Heels are back as everyone expected. Joel Berry and the rest of the Tar Heels players are showing the team growth that would have derailed many teams amidst their mid-conference woes.
16 20 up 4 20-5
(14-8-0)
-14.4 Wichita St.
The Shockers were a fairly low home favorite over UConn and blew them out to the tune of 95-74. Is this a sign of the team figuring things out or the imbalance of the American conference?
17 18 up 1 20-5
(14-8-0)
-14 Clemson
Rarely does a team move up the power rankings after a loss but Clemson has been superb ATS all year. A tough overtime loss without one of their key players in Shelton Mitchell will not derail them much.
18 11 down 7 21-6
(10-15-2)
-13.8 Arizona
The Wildcats had an extremely tough week. For Coach Miller he'll look to implement proper adjustments as he did two months ago.
19 13 down 6 19-7
(11-11-0)
-13.7 West Virginia
The difficult road of the Big 12 has flip flopped the Mountaineers top ten position just three weeks ago.
20 16 down 4 19-6
(14-9-0)
-13.6 Tennessee
The Vols are another SEC team that looks the part but appears not capable of reaching their talent level.
21 N/R N/R 21-5
(14-10-2)
-13.3 Nevada
The loss of Larry Drew is yet another hurdle the Wolf Pack will have to over come. Unlike the majority of smaller conference teams, the Wolf Pack have the depth to do so.
22 25 up 3 19-7
(13-11-2)
-13.2 Arizona State
It appeared ASU might do the impossible, going from a top ranking to not making the tournament. Yet, Bobby Hurley got the Sun Devils to rebound and get it together. Thursday's matchup against Arizona will be another barometer gauge on the Sun Devils seed line aspirations for March.
23 N/R N/R 22-4
(4-2-1)
-13 New Mexico St.
Sometimes teams in smaller conferences can hit the lottery with their choice of a non-conference tournament. The Aggies appear to have done so with participation in the Christmas Hawaii Holiday tournament. Their win over Miami and close loss to USC paired with their unblemished conference record serves as a resume booster.
24 N/R N/R 21-7
(15-10-1)
-12.8 Michigan
The Wolverines have flirted all season with a back and forth top twenty five-power ranking. Can John Beilein get his March magic in order once again?
25 N/R N/R 20-6
(12-11-0)
-12.5 St. Bonaventure
A plethora of teams losing has given St. Bonaventure a chance to rise into power rankings. They've won seven straight games and are an impressive 10-1 at home. They're possible break through moment is Friday against Rhode Island.

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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