Category Archives: Power Rankings

Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Steven Spieth to the Cornell Big Red is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.
Steven Spieth to the Harvard Crimson is one of the eight hypothetical trades that could benefit teams in the Ivy League, if they were allowed to swap players mid-season.

Teams gear up and make a run at Princeton. Matt Morgan gets a new sidekick. Chris Lewis is headed to Dartmouth.

High transfer rates give college basketball plenty of player turnover each season. A whopping forty percent of men’s college basketball Division I athletes leave or switch schools before the end of their sophomore year. So, seeing players in different jerseys year-to-year is starting to become the norm.

but, it also raises a hypothetical question. What if teams could actually swap players mid-season?

Well, it would allow for a late NCAA Tournament push, or, more generally, movement of assets to orient for future seasons. NBC Sports’ Rob Dauster muses about this annually before the NBA trade deadline.

This week’s Ivy League Power Rankings features a single, strategic (though imaginary) trade for each team in the closing third of League play. See how many of these moves you’d condone, or propose your own in Comments below. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – February 20th, 2017

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017

A quiet week in the Ivy still features some subtle movements in the rankings.

As previously noted, while one loss used to eliminate teams from NCAA Tournament contention, this year is vastly different.

With the inclusion of the Ivy League post-season tournament, after two, three, or even four losses, everyone is still realistically in the race. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 22nd, 2017

Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.
Caleb Swanigan is a top contender for the Wooden Award, and his play has the Purdue Boilermakers near the top of the Big Ten standings.

Despite an up-and-down start to the year for several teams in the Big Ten, conference play always presents new opportunities.

Entering the 2017 calendar year, odds-makers from across the country still had a handful of Big Ten teams among the best betting odds to be cutting down the nets in Phoenix come the first Monday of April.

The likes of the Indiana HoosiersWisconsin Badgers, and Purdue Boilermakers look to be the conference’s best bets to have a Big Ten cut down the nets.

However, the National Championship is still over two months away, and the Big Ten conference is a mess. There’s no clear-cut favourite at this moment in the season, teams are losing games they should win, and vice versa. There are several ‘good’ teams in the conference, but no ‘great’ teams.

We tried to dissect the teams in the conference, and rank them to the best of our abilities. So, here goes nothing.
Continue reading Big Ten Power Rankings: Does anyone have a shot at the national title?

Ivy League Power Rankings – January 16th, 2017

Matt Morgan and the Cornell Big Red can string together consecutive strong possessions on offense, but it's their defense that is holding them back in 2016-17. (Source: Cornell Athletics)
Matt Morgan and the Cornell Big Red can string together consecutive strong possessions on offense, but it’s their defense that is holding them back in 2016-17. (Source: Cornell Athletics)

Conference play in the Ivy League play began this week.

While one loss used to eliminate teams from NCAA Tournament contention, this year is vastly different. With the inclusion of the Ivy League post-season tournament, after two, three, or even four losses, everyone is still realistically in the race. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 16th, 2017

Patriot League Power Rankings: Navy Midshipmen make some noise

Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?
Cedric Hankerson and the Boston University Terriers are the only unbeaten team in Patriot League play, but are they the top team in our Power Rankings?

It was a relatively quiet week in the Patriot League, but there was still a bit of movement across the board.

While the top three teams remained the same, we have a new top-ranked team in the conference power rankings. The top two teams are set to square off this coming Saturday, which will only lead to some more movement next week, and beyond.

The conference itself seems to be in for an exciting race come March, as anyone can turn it on at any given time and make a run up the standings. We saw that this past week, as one team jumped up four spots and into the top five of the power rankings.

Here’s this week’s edition of the Patriot League Power Rankings, with a new top dog in the conference.
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Ivy League Power Rankings – January 9th, 2017

Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson look like the team to beat once again in the Ivy League this season.
Bryce Aiken and the Harvard Crimson look like the team to beat once again in the Ivy League this season.

Saturday started Ivy League play for half the league, while the other four teams wrapped up their non-conference schedules and will begin later this week.

The newly instituted four-team playoff seems to give every team more hope throughout the season and puts each school only a couple games away from a postseason berth.

In other words, bottom-half teams now have a chance to sneak into postseason play. So at this point, don’t count anybody out. Continue reading Ivy League Power Rankings – January 9th, 2017