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NCAAB Power Rankings

We remember a comment from a college basketball bettor last year when tiny Morehead State upset powerhouse Louisville in the first round of the 2011 March Madness tournament. OddsShark.com had predicted the Eagles would cover the spread and maybe even win outright based on some handicapping trends that included college basketball power rankings.

'How the hell do you handicap the second-place team in the OVC to beat Louisville!? How!? This should have been a blowout!'

Actually, it shouldn't. They were 9.5-point underdogs but matched up well against Louisville and were ranked No. 50 among 345 teams here at OddsShark.com. It underscores the value of NCAA basketball power rankings in determining the relative strength (and weakness) of teams. We compare all the important stats - FG %, 3-point defense, home and road ATS victories, away rebounding and more - and rate all 345 college basketball teams according to our handicapping math. See below the ratings chart for details on the math that underlies the rankings.

Team Name Rank Last Week Change points modifier adjusted points
Louisville 1 1 - 85.767 0.475 40.739
Louisiana Tech 2 4 2 50.983 0.533 27.191
Davidson 3 2 -1 56.586 0.475 26.878
Wichita State 4 3 -1 58.913 0.425 25.038
Virginia Commonwealth 5 5 - 48.598 0.514 24.993
Arizona 6 11 5 39.115 0.550 21.513
Florida 7 13 6 40.809 0.425 17.344
Tulsa 8 14 6 35.283 0.490 17.289
San Diego State 9 33 24 34.554 0.500 17.277
Villanova 10 8 -2 34.896 0.489 17.060
Middle Tennesse 11 19 8 32.699 0.500 16.349
South Dakota State 12 6 -6 36.254 0.443 16.055
Harvard 13 17 4 33.874 0.467 15.808
Georgia State 14 9 -5 32.850 0.471 15.487
Tennessee 15 7 -8 31.688 0.475 15.052
Wofford 16 10 -6 31.341 0.475 14.887
Princeton 17 21 4 31.980 0.457 14.619
New Mexico 18 31 13 25.327 0.529 13.387
North Dakota State 19 35 16 31.201 0.429 13.372
Iona 20 26 6 27.503 0.483 13.293
Oregon 21 12 -9 32.975 0.400 13.190
Belmont 22 22 - 26.951 0.489 13.176
Louisiana-Lafayette 23 34 11 25.879 0.500 12.940
Virginia 24 18 -6 27.122 0.456 12.355
Fresno State 25 20 -5 25.268 0.478 12.072
Cleveland State 26 27 1 27.084 0.444 12.038
Duke 27 16 -11 24.605 0.489 12.029
Kansas 28 15 -13 24.994 0.450 11.247
Manhattan 29 23 -6 24.895 0.450 11.203
Weber State 30 40 10 22.362 0.500 11.181
UC Irvine 31 41 10 24.144 0.457 11.037
Murray State 32 36 4 23.950 0.460 11.017
Oklahoma 33 37 4 23.572 0.450 10.607
Wisconsin 34 39 5 22.099 0.475 10.497
Pittsburgh 35 93 58 19.588 0.500 9.794
Michigan State 36 70 34 17.803 0.538 9.569
Baylor 37 28 -9 21.003 0.450 9.451
Buffalo 38 42 4 22.612 0.414 9.368
Cincinnati 39 29 -10 15.932 0.586 9.331
Western Carolina 40 44 4 18.979 0.489 9.279
Eastern Kentucky 41 46 5 17.203 0.511 8.793
Eastern Washington 42 50 8 16.813 0.500 8.406
North Dakota 43 63 20 16.310 0.513 8.359
UCLA 44 62 18 16.977 0.488 8.276
Gonzaga 45 58 13 17.840 0.463 8.251
Nc Central 46 208 162 19.969 0.410 8.187
Morehead State 47 51 4 14.916 0.543 8.097
Dayton 48 24 -24 18.673 0.433 8.092
Michigan 49 49 - 15.390 0.514 7.915
Long Beach State 50 38 -12 16.832 0.457 7.695
IUPU Fort Wayne 51 47 -4 16.266 0.471 7.668
Southern Miss 52 25 -27 16.777 0.456 7.643
College of Charleston 53 56 3 14.365 0.529 7.593
Elon 54 57 3 15.057 0.500 7.529
Boise State 55 101 46 16.523 0.450 7.435
Saint Mary's 56 55 -1 15.142 0.475 7.192
Columbia 57 60 3 13.040 0.550 7.172
Nebraska Omaha 58 59 1 13.830 0.500 6.915
Arkansas 59 48 -11 16.754 0.411 6.888
BYU 60 30 -30 14.408 0.463 6.664
Southern Illinois 61 66 5 12.897 0.513 6.610
Maryland 62 43 -19 12.173 0.538 6.543
North Carolina 63 45 -18 15.251 0.414 6.318
Drexel 64 71 7 13.640 0.457 6.235
Illinois State 65 74 9 13.658 0.425 5.805
Marist 66 73 7 13.394 0.425 5.693
Sam Houston State 67 217 150 10.666 0.522 5.570
Nebraska 68 119 51 12.374 0.450 5.568
Wisc-Green Bay 69 75 6 11.999 0.463 5.550
Creighton 70 108 38 11.639 0.475 5.529
Albany 71 80 9 15.242 0.363 5.525
Boston University 72 65 -7 10.791 0.510 5.503
Oklahoma State 73 143 70 10.427 0.513 5.344
St. John's 74 53 -21 10.428 0.500 5.214
Montana 75 72 -3 10.349 0.500 5.175
Sacramento State 76 54 -22 10.190 0.500 5.095
Towson 77 82 5 11.530 0.429 4.941
Saint Joseph's 78 140 62 10.284 0.471 4.848
Georgia 79 61 -18 9.767 0.463 4.517
Western Michigan 80 102 22 9.865 0.450 4.439
Cal Poly 81 182 101 8.558 0.514 4.401
Massachusetts 82 79 -3 8.226 0.529 4.348
Northern Illinois 83 67 -16 9.220 0.457 4.215
San Francisco 84 76 -8 8.819 0.475 4.189
Santa Clara 85 87 2 8.404 0.489 4.109
Kentucky 86 78 -8 7.164 0.571 4.094
Idaho State 87 91 4 7.837 0.520 4.075
Stephen F. Austin 88 174 86 9.083 0.443 4.023
Mercer 89 90 1 7.576 0.529 4.004
Iowa State 90 153 63 8.309 0.450 3.739
Northern Iowa 91 94 3 7.019 0.529 3.710
Ohio 92 181 89 7.913 0.457 3.617
Texas Southern 93 177 84 10.634 0.337 3.585
Troy 94 118 24 7.290 0.488 3.554
Miami 95 96 1 8.399 0.413 3.465
Wagner 96 100 4 12.252 0.275 3.369
Ohio State 97 68 -29 7.016 0.478 3.352
Northern Arizona 98 141 43 6.699 0.500 3.350
Illinois 99 178 79 6.330 0.525 3.323
Saint Peters 100 97 -3 6.737 0.488 3.284
New Mexico State 101 89 -12 6.718 0.488 3.275
Providence 102 144 42 5.883 0.500 2.942
Toledo 103 83 -20 6.627 0.443 2.935
Wisc-Milwaukee 104 95 -9 5.877 0.486 2.855
Yale 105 104 -1 5.570 0.500 2.785
Washington 106 99 -7 5.988 0.456 2.728
Iowa 107 88 -19 5.216 0.490 2.556
Arkansas State 108 32 -76 5.066 0.486 2.461
Delaware 109 81 -28 5.619 0.438 2.458
Southern 110 109 -1 5.181 0.463 2.396
Bethune-Cookman 111 92 -19 5.031 0.450 2.264
Bucknell 112 110 -2 5.252 0.386 2.026
Eastern Michigan 113 69 -44 3.498 0.517 1.807
West Virginia 114 84 -30 3.033 0.550 1.668
Charleston Southern 115 114 -1 3.814 0.433 1.653
CS Northridge 116 170 54 2.973 0.543 1.614
Syracuse 117 112 -5 2.931 0.511 1.498
Hofstra 118 116 -2 2.821 0.529 1.491
USC Upstate 119 120 1 3.057 0.425 1.299
Prairie View A&M 120 255 135 3.143 0.400 1.257
Savannah State 121 246 125 2.860 0.422 1.208
Utah 122 85 -37 2.502 0.444 1.112
Stanford 123 113 -10 2.421 0.457 1.107
Brown 124 122 -2 2.048 0.500 1.024
Grambling State 125 106 -19 3.384 0.283 0.959
Georgia Southern 126 123 -3 1.782 0.529 0.942
Denver 127 77 -50 1.895 0.471 0.893
Georgetown 128 121 -7 1.701 0.522 0.888
Santa Barbara 129 52 -77 1.623 0.488 0.791
Quinnipiac 130 127 -3 1.456 0.463 0.673
Akron 131 103 -28 1.127 0.529 0.596
UNLV 132 125 -7 0.974 0.525 0.512
Gardner-Webb 133 129 -4 0.878 0.439 0.385
Seton Hall 134 154 20 0.431 0.538 0.232
North Carolina A&T 135 105 -30 0.407 0.422 0.172
Colorado State 136 128 -8 0.307 0.443 0.136
Loyola 137 130 -7 0.093 0.543 0.051
Florida Gulf Coast 138 132 -6 0.051 0.500 0.026
Utah State 139 98 -41 0.032 0.550 0.018
Incarnate Word 140 133 -7 0.000 0.000 0.000
UMASS-Lowell 141 134 -7 0.000 0.000 0.000
Florida International 142 135 -7 -0.015 0.510 -0.007
Kent State 143 152 9 -0.053 0.457 -0.029
Clemson 144 147 3 -0.159 0.511 -0.078
Winthrop 145 139 -6 -0.160 0.360 -0.103
Lipscomb 146 142 -4 -0.539 0.429 -0.308
Wright State 147 115 -32 -0.676 0.463 -0.363
Chattanooga 148 148 - -0.877 0.500 -0.438
SIU Edwardsville 149 151 2 -1.089 0.513 -0.531
Canisius 150 156 6 -1.500 0.500 -0.750
Detroit 151 157 6 -1.658 0.500 -0.829
Northern Colorado 152 179 27 -1.906 0.522 -0.911
Texas A&M 153 107 -46 -1.630 0.438 -0.917
UAB 154 131 -23 -1.763 0.456 -0.960
San Diego 155 159 4 -2.198 0.557 -0.973
Siena 156 160 4 -1.914 0.488 -0.981
CS Fullerton 157 163 6 -2.420 0.557 -1.072
Portland State 158 146 -12 -2.202 0.511 -1.077
Hawaii 159 117 -42 -2.273 0.513 -1.108
East Carolina 160 175 15 -2.250 0.467 -1.200
Hampton 161 173 12 -2.529 0.489 -1.293
William & Mary 162 137 -25 -2.620 0.483 -1.354
UCF 163 223 60 -2.572 0.443 -1.433
Fairfield 164 169 5 -2.507 0.413 -1.473
SMU 165 138 -27 -3.336 0.550 -1.501
Missouri State 166 172 6 -3.170 0.513 -1.545
Texas El Paso 167 111 -56 -3.458 0.489 -1.767
Kansas State 168 186 18 -3.758 0.513 -1.832
Saint Louis 169 150 -19 -4.383 0.556 -1.948
George Washington 170 136 -34 -4.035 0.514 -1.960
Marquette 171 199 28 -4.252 0.522 -2.031
Florida A&M 172 188 16 -3.698 0.443 -2.059
Duquesne 173 161 -12 -4.343 0.525 -2.063
Tennessee Tech 174 184 10 -4.576 0.483 -2.364
Tennessee State 175 183 8 -6.368 0.629 -2.365
Texas 176 124 -52 -4.801 0.500 -2.401
N.C. State 177 200 23 -4.696 0.488 -2.407
Idaho 178 126 -52 -4.041 0.386 -2.482
Liberty 179 185 6 -5.436 0.540 -2.500
Xavier 180 211 31 -5.095 0.500 -2.547
SE Missouri State 181 187 6 -4.465 0.429 -2.552
Butler 182 166 -16 -6.003 0.556 -2.668
Houston 183 213 30 -5.524 0.500 -2.762
Bradley 184 191 7 -5.727 0.513 -2.792
Memphis 185 86 -99 -6.642 0.567 -2.878
St. Bonaventure 186 158 -28 -5.193 0.438 -2.921
South Carolina 187 242 55 -6.337 0.538 -2.931
Arkansas-Little Rock 188 176 -12 -6.660 0.557 -2.950
Western Kentucky 189 167 -22 -5.661 0.478 -2.956
Connecticut 190 64 -126 -5.847 0.486 -3.007
North Texas 191 241 50 -5.992 0.470 -3.176
VMI 192 195 3 -5.233 0.386 -3.211
American 193 194 1 -5.883 0.450 -3.236
Old Dominion 194 224 30 -7.110 0.544 -3.239
Portland 195 193 -2 -6.596 0.500 -3.298
Valparaiso 196 197 1 -6.512 0.488 -3.337
Alabama 197 189 -8 -7.198 0.522 -3.439
Oakland 198 202 4 -7.233 0.500 -3.617
Tennessee Martin 199 203 4 -8.621 0.571 -3.695
Oral Roberts 200 168 -32 -7.965 0.513 -3.883
Mississippi 201 207 6 -7.831 0.500 -3.916
La Salle 202 155 -47 -8.295 0.525 -3.940
Stony Brook 203 190 -13 -7.083 0.390 -4.321
LSU 204 171 -33 -8.665 0.500 -4.333
Vermont 205 214 9 -9.769 0.533 -4.559
Lehigh 206 212 6 -7.732 0.378 -4.811
Marshall 207 196 -11 -9.669 0.488 -4.955
Miami (Ohio) 208 215 7 -11.413 0.550 -5.136
Temple 209 226 17 -11.624 0.557 -5.148
Arizona State 210 192 -18 -11.808 0.557 -5.229
Army 211 216 5 -9.233 0.433 -5.232
Texas-Pan American 212 165 -47 -10.094 0.470 -5.350
Penn State 213 209 -4 -11.534 0.522 -5.511
Missouri 214 220 6 -11.895 0.513 -5.799
Pacific 215 219 4 -11.062 0.475 -5.808
Charlotte 216 180 -36 -13.310 0.563 -5.823
Indiana State 217 221 4 -11.156 0.478 -5.826
Utah Valley State 218 280 62 -10.476 0.430 -5.971
Florida Atlantic 219 201 -18 -12.795 0.530 -6.014
Longwood 220 225 5 -9.157 0.338 -6.066
Coastal Carolina 221 222 1 -12.797 0.522 -6.114
Southeastern Louisiana 222 164 -58 -9.711 0.356 -6.258
Youngstown State 223 227 4 -13.304 0.525 -6.319
Morgan State 224 210 -14 -11.496 0.450 -6.323
Jacksonville State 225 231 6 -19.159 0.657 -6.569
Radford 226 229 3 -10.514 0.367 -6.659
Nevada 227 204 -23 -14.831 0.550 -6.674
James Madison 228 228 - -14.901 0.550 -6.705
Central Michigan 229 206 -23 -15.189 0.557 -6.726
Hartford 230 235 5 -11.002 0.370 -6.931
South Alabama 231 233 2 -14.540 0.513 -7.088
Indiana 232 198 -34 -14.571 0.510 -7.140
Norfolk State 233 249 16 -11.740 0.389 -7.174
Richmond 234 247 13 -12.782 0.438 -7.190
Delaware State 235 234 -1 -11.909 0.388 -7.294
Dartmouth 236 239 3 -13.698 0.467 -7.306
UNC Wilmington 237 238 1 -14.650 0.500 -7.325
Florida State 238 205 -33 -15.072 0.511 -7.369
Texas Tech 239 230 -9 -19.117 0.614 -7.374
Holy Cross 240 240 - -16.297 0.544 -7.424
Rhode Island 241 232 -9 -15.634 0.525 -7.426
Colorado 242 162 -80 -15.352 0.514 -7.457
Georgia Tech 243 237 -6 -14.269 0.463 -7.670
Alabama State 244 145 -99 -12.119 0.354 -7.824
Eastern Illinois 245 243 -2 -17.793 0.557 -7.880
CS Bakersfield 246 260 14 -13.954 0.433 -7.907
Boston College 247 254 7 -15.301 0.478 -7.990
Minnesota 248 218 -30 -15.722 0.488 -8.058
Robert Morris 249 149 -100 -13.615 0.387 -8.351
Northern Kentucky 250 251 1 -20.161 0.586 -8.352
George Mason 251 250 -1 -15.717 0.467 -8.382
Mount St. Mary's 252 292 40 -13.536 0.378 -8.422
UNC Asheville 253 253 - -15.390 0.432 -8.745
Texas-San Antonio 254 262 8 -19.405 0.544 -8.840
Louisiana-Monroe 255 259 4 -16.841 0.463 -9.052
Ball State 256 257 1 -19.400 0.529 -9.146
Illinois-Chicago 257 258 1 -19.784 0.538 -9.150
Northeastern 258 252 -6 -18.920 0.514 -9.190
Seattle 259 279 20 -18.554 0.500 -9.277
Jacksonville 260 256 -4 -18.530 0.489 -9.471
Loyola of Chicago 261 265 4 -20.140 0.513 -9.818
UC Riverside 262 266 4 -21.347 0.538 -9.873
Appalachian State 263 263 - -19.236 0.486 -9.893
Texas-Arlington 264 268 4 -18.609 0.467 -9.925
UNC Greensboro 265 264 -1 -22.415 0.550 -10.087
Washington State 266 248 -18 -19.758 0.489 -10.098
Wyoming 267 267 - -19.739 0.488 -10.116
Alabama A&M 268 295 27 -21.203 0.522 -10.141
Purdue 269 275 6 -22.628 0.544 -10.308
Notre Dame 270 245 -25 -22.044 0.522 -10.532
California 271 270 -1 -20.043 0.467 -10.689
Jackson State 272 244 -28 -18.138 0.407 -10.760
Fordham 273 298 25 -23.384 0.533 -10.912
Tulane 274 306 32 -22.355 0.500 -11.178
Niagara 275 273 -2 -25.628 0.563 -11.212
South Dakota 276 269 -7 -23.184 0.514 -11.261
Campbell 277 281 4 -19.841 0.430 -11.310
Citadel 278 277 -1 -22.928 0.500 -11.464
High Point 279 274 -5 -20.697 0.440 -11.590
UMKC 280 278 -2 -24.208 0.500 -12.104
LIU 281 283 2 -25.270 0.520 -12.129
Bowling Green 282 288 6 -23.736 0.488 -12.165
Texas State 283 282 -1 -26.355 0.538 -12.189
Virginia Tech 284 294 10 -29.783 0.589 -12.244
Abilene Christian 285 287 2 -61.387 0.800 -12.277
Rider 286 285 -1 -26.768 0.538 -12.380
Auburn 287 236 -51 -22.964 0.456 -12.502
Loyola Marymount 288 284 -4 -26.433 0.525 -12.555
Austin Peay 289 291 2 -28.168 0.550 -12.676
UC Davis 290 297 7 -28.652 0.550 -12.893
Samford 291 289 -2 -25.105 0.486 -12.911
Pepperdine 292 293 1 -24.790 0.471 -13.103
Vanderbilt 293 272 -21 -26.176 0.490 -13.350
Navy 294 290 -4 -24.717 0.456 -13.457
Drake 295 300 5 -27.981 0.511 -13.679
Western Illinois 296 296 - -29.740 0.529 -14.020
New Hampshire 297 305 8 -26.661 0.467 -14.219
East Tennessee State 298 299 1 -31.633 0.550 -14.235
Texas A&M C.C. 299 286 -13 -28.079 0.490 -14.321
Monmouth 300 304 4 -29.054 0.500 -14.527
Northwestern State 301 319 18 -23.098 0.367 -14.629
Alcorn State 302 301 -1 -25.251 0.411 -14.870
Oregon State 303 271 -32 -28.201 0.471 -14.906
Maine 304 308 4 -30.922 0.511 -15.117
Evansville 305 309 4 -30.445 0.500 -15.223
South Florida 306 315 9 -32.638 0.533 -15.231
Binghamton 307 311 4 -28.927 0.471 -15.290
Southern Cal 308 321 13 -29.942 0.489 -15.304
Rice 309 332 23 -42.442 0.638 -15.385
Northwestern 310 261 -49 -28.217 0.450 -15.519
Grand Canyon 311 307 -4 -28.523 0.450 -15.687
Pennsylvania 312 312 - -33.669 0.529 -15.872
DePaul 313 302 -11 -35.921 0.556 -15.965
Miss Valley State 314 303 -11 -26.254 0.390 -16.015
Kennesaw State 315 310 -5 -28.398 0.430 -16.187
Lamar 316 318 2 -26.826 0.380 -16.632
Stetson 317 317 - -30.272 0.450 -16.650
Montana State 318 316 -2 -34.695 0.520 -16.654
Cornell 319 313 -6 -37.460 0.550 -16.857
Colgate 320 314 -6 -26.939 0.357 -17.318
Air Force 321 322 1 -37.058 0.522 -17.705
North Florida 322 320 -2 -35.151 0.489 -17.966
Rutgers 323 276 -47 -41.200 0.557 -18.246
Lafayette 324 327 3 -32.199 0.425 -18.514
Mississippi State 325 329 4 -35.582 0.478 -18.582
New Orleans 326 326 - -33.168 0.430 -18.906
Wake Forest 327 328 1 -38.301 0.500 -19.151
Sacred Heart 328 324 -4 -36.852 0.471 -19.479
Central Arkansas 329 331 2 -37.235 0.470 -19.735
San Jose State 330 334 4 -43.664 0.544 -19.891
Howard 331 337 6 -40.285 0.489 -20.590
South Carolina State 332 340 8 -33.472 0.371 -21.040
UMBC 333 335 2 -33.049 0.363 -21.069
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 334 330 -4 -36.381 0.420 -21.101
Southern Utah 335 338 3 -47.478 0.550 -21.365
Coppin State 336 323 -13 -35.556 0.389 -21.729
St. Francis NY 337 333 -4 -40.334 0.460 -21.780
McNeese State 338 325 -13 -43.025 0.489 -21.991
Nicholls State 339 350 11 -33.259 0.320 -22.616
Furman 340 339 -1 -48.546 0.533 -22.655
IUPUI 341 336 -5 -50.307 0.543 -22.997
Houston Baptist 342 341 -1 -45.210 0.470 -23.962
Cent Conn State 343 342 -1 -45.368 0.443 -25.276
MD-Eastern Shore 344 349 5 -47.748 0.440 -26.739
Chicago State 345 345 - -49.967 0.450 -27.482
TCU 346 348 2 -69.834 0.588 -28.806
Fairleigh Dickinson 347 344 -3 -55.691 0.480 -28.959
Bryant 348 343 -5 -46.114 0.368 -29.125
presbyterian 349 347 -2 -47.559 0.360 -30.438
St. Francis PA 350 346 -4 -53.156 0.400 -31.894
NJIT 351 351 - -51.503 0.250 -38.628

How College Basketball Power Rankings are created?

College basketball has more teams than any other sport and more range of talent than any other sport. You can have a tiny Division 2 school playing the defending national champion at a preseason tournament and you have to be able to handicap whether the 45.5 point spread is a good bet or not.

The best way to help find betting value is via college basketball power rankings. It's especially vital when teams are playing outside of their own conference where you have little or no game history to work from as a handicapper.

The NCAA Basketball Power Rankings at OddsShark.com take into account road and home offense, rebounding stats, margin of victory averages, 3-point skill, and more. Each team is ranked in a dozen categories and we apply our formula weightings to come up with a total offensive rank. We repeat the process with boxscore data on defense - steals, defensive rebounding, defensive 3-point efficiency and more.

With that overall power number, we extrapolate a final result by mutliplying a strength-of-schedule factor that gives our overall NCAAB power rank. That list is a great guide for helping bettors evaluate the best college basketball odds. It's valuable information all season long and you should bookmark the page, especially during preseason tournaments and post-season tournaments like the NIT and March Madness when teams from different conferences compete together.

Good luck with your NCAAB handicapping and bookmark this page for weekly power rank updates.