With the NFL season finished, I have decided to shift my focus towards NCAA Basketball. I never usually agree with the AP poll or Coaches poll, primarily because I believe the voters put too much emphasis on win/loss records. I also have a problem with simply ranking teams down the list 1-25. I'm pretty sure a fifth grader can rank the top 25 teams in numerical order based on win/loss record. For my power ratings, I assign numerical values to each team in order to get a better estimation of how much better one team is than another. Arizona is the number best team in the nation according to my ratings, but how much better are they than teams like Kansas, Florida and Syracuse? I look to answer those type of questions when constructing power ratings.
Note: Michigan St. has a * because they have and thus are tough to assign a number to at the moment. is where I think they ultimately end up come March, but their current form is tough to judge. Oklahoma St. also has an asterisk because they are another team that is quantify at this point in time. This team hasn't been the same since Michael Cobbins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury and I just can't get a read on them. As always, feedback and comments are encouraged.
Here is my top 50...
93.0 Syracuse, Duke
92.0 Michigan St.
90.5 Kentucky, Villanova, Iowa, Michigan
90.0 Virginia, Wichita St., Iowa St.
89.5 Creighton, UCLA
89.0 Cincinnati, San Diego St., Ohio St.
88.0 SMU, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Pittsburgh
87.5 Oklahoma, UConn, Saint Louis, Kansas St., Memphis
87.0 Arizona St., Stanford, Utah
86.5 California, Tennessee, VCU, Oklahoma St.*
85.5 George Washington, Xavier, West Virginia, St. John's
85.0 Massachusetts, Minnesota
84.5 Georgetown, Missouri, New Mexico, Florida St.
84.0 Providence, Baylor, BYU