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Who doesn’t adore a good set of Power Rankings?

Everyone does.

There isn’t a chairman in a universe that doesn’t adore rankings things.

So with that in mind, let’s dive into a margin of 68 Power Rankings, though instead of violation down who a best teams in a margin are, let’s take a demeanour during a many like teams to win a inhabitant title. It’s not simply about how good they are. How good is their trail to a Final Four? How expected are they to get picked off by a No. 10 seed that didn’t merit to be a No. 10 seed? Who was given a present of being a No. 1 seed guaranteed to face a double-digit seed in a Sweet 16?

The best partial about this?

I consider we can make an evidence for any of a tip 5 to be No. 1, any of a tip 8 teams on this list can win a inhabitant pretension and we wouldn’t be astounded in a least, and there are a good 17 or 18 teams that we consider have a good shot to get to a Final Four.

The contest this deteriorate is going to be a whole lot of fun.

Here are a Power Rankings:

68. NORTH CAROLINA-CENTRAL: For a third time in 5 seasons, LeVelle Moton have NCCU streamer to a NCAA tournament. What competence be a many considerable partial about removing it finished with this organisation is that a Eagles are, frankly, not all that good.

67. LIU-BROOKLYN: One deteriorate after removing dismissed by UMass, Derek Kellogg is behind in a NCAA contest with a Blackbirds. They will got as distant as Joel Hernandez and Raiquan Clark lift them, and for a organisation that entered a NEC contest underneath .500, that competence usually be out of a play-in game.

66. CAL ST.-FULLERTON: Fullerton is improved famous for their spin team, though a Titans have reached a NCAA contest for a initial time given 2008 and for usually a second time in module history. The Titans are led by Brooklyn local Kyle Allman, a 6-foot-3 ensure that poured in 19.4 points a night.

65. TEXAS SOUTHERN: Mike Davis is streamer behind to a NCAA contest after losing his initial 13 games of a season. The Jaguars are led by 3 transfers from high-major programs and Damontrae Jefferson, who averaged 23.7 points and 4.4 assists this season.

64. RADFORD: The Highlanders had a many noted opening to a NCAA tournament, as they modernized to a dance on a a most noted buzzer-beater from Championship Week.

63. UMBC: The Retrievers got 27 points and a game-winning 3 from VCU send Jairus Lyles to get into a Big Dance. Lyles can light things up, and UMBC’s conduct coach, Ryan Odom, has high-major pedigree. His father, Dave, coached Wake Forest and South Carolina.

62. LIPSCOMB: Lipscomb wants to run as many as any organisation in a country, averaging some-more than 75 security per game. Garrison Matthews is a stud. But my favorite partial about this organisation is that their conduct coach, Casey Alexander, is a Rick Byrd footman and a longtime Belmont partner coach. Belmont and Lipscomb are arch-rivals. It would be same to Jon Scheyer replacing Roy Williams during North Carolina.

61. IONA: This organisation is rather opposite than past Iona teams. They don’t have a luminary in their behind justice this season. They don’t have a beast on a retard this season. They finished fourth in a MAAC, and this deteriorate was a lowest that a Gaels have been ranked on KenPom in Tim Cluess’ tenure, and nothing of that mattered. They’re behind in a contest for a fifth time in 7 seasons.

60. MONTANA: The Grizzlies took over a Big Sky unchanging deteriorate and contest titles, and they are led by one of a best backcourts in a mid-major ranks. Ahmaad Rorie is a former tip 100 awaiting that started his career during Oregon and leads a organisation in scoring and in assists. The Grizzlies have been one of a best programs in a league, though this is a initial time in 4 seasons that DeCuire has reached an NCAA contest in Missoula.

59. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN: The Lumberjacks are behind in a NCAA contest with a Southland’s involuntary bid after a one-year hiatus. In his second deteriorate as conduct coach, Kyle Keller won 28 games, including a diversion during LSU. As always, SFA is one of a many assertive defenses in college basketball, streamer a republic in turnover percentage.

58. PENN: Penn was prolonged deliberate to be a category of a Ivy League, reaching 11 NCAA tournaments in a 15-year camber from 1993-2007. This is their initial outing to a Big Dance in 11 years. It’s value observant that in a final 8 years, a Ivy League has won 5 NCAA contest games, including a outing to a Sweet 16 for Cornell. That Cornell organisation was coached by Steve Donahue, who is now … Penn’s conduct coach. All a dots are joining here.

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57. BUCKNELL: This is a second true deteriorate that Nathan Davis has led his organisation to a NCAA contest and a third year that he’s won a Patriot League unchanging deteriorate pretension in 3 seasons as a conduct coach. And this competence be startling for a organisation whose best players are both large men, though a Bison play some uptempo basketball; they’re 38th nationally is security per game.

56. WRIGHT STATE: My favorite partial about this Wright State organisation is that their best actor is substantially Loudon Love, a 6-foot-9, 275 bruise former descent lineman that is entrance off of a ripped ACL and altered his final name to Love from Vollbrecht. How can we not base for a organisation with a man like that?

55. GEORGIA STATE: The Panthers have a destiny NBA actor in D’Marcus Simonds on their register and a conduct manager in Ron Hunter that has won a diversion in a NCAA contest before. we indeed consider they’ll have a puncher’s possibility opposite Cincinnati if they can find a approach to measure a ball.

54. UNC GREENSBORO: Not usually did UNCG go 15-3 in a SoCon that is substantially improved than we realize, though a Spartans also went into N.C. State this deteriorate and picked adult a win in Raleigh. Former North Carolina indicate ensure Wes Miller is building something flattering considerable in Greensboro, and distinct his alma mater, it’s built around determining dash and personification tough, earthy defense.

53. BUFFALO: For a second time in 3 seasons, Nate Oats is streamer to a NCAA tournament. His Buffalo organisation won both a MAC unchanging deteriorate and contest titles. C.J. Massinburg is a star of this team, though a name to keep an eye on is Wes Clark, a send from Missouri that went for 26 points in a MAC pretension game.

52. MARSHALL: Coached by Dan D’antoni, a hermit of Houston Rockets conduct manager Mike D’antoni, a Thundering Herd play during one of a fastest paces in all of college basketball. They adore banishment adult threes, they adore slinging a spin all over a justice and they are going to be a ideal multiple of a calamity director and a stirring watch. They swept CUSA’s best team, Middle Tennessee State, this season, and their best player, Jon Elmore, averaged 22.8 points, 6.9 assists and 6.0 boards. Those are a same numbers that Markelle Fultz posted final season.

51. NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies are led by Zach Lofton, who has played during 3 opposite Division we programs and is averaging 19.8 points as college basketball’s ultimate journeyman, while 6-foot-5 ensure Jemerrio Jones averages 13.2 boards. This is a fun team.

50. CHARLESTON: The Cougars have one of a best behind courts in a mid-major ranks with Joe Chealey and Grant Riller. They also have one of a large forwards in mid-major hoops in Jarrell Brantley. Oh, and should we discuss that Earl Grant is one of a best immature coaches in mid-major basketball? There’s some intensity here.

49. MURRAY STATE: The Racers cruised to an Ohio Valley unchanging deteriorate pretension and, after winning their final 13 games, enter a NCAA contest as one of a hottest teams in a country. But what unequivocally creates them dangerous is that their star indicate ensure Jonathan Stark, who averaged 21.8 points and 3.9 assists this season, is good adequate to win a initial spin diversion all by myself.

48. SYRACUSE: The Orange are a one organisation in a NCAA contest that we can put together a flattering clever evidence does not belong. But this same evidence was finished about a Orange in 2016, a year that they came behind from 15 points down in a final 10 mins to kick No. 1 seed Virginia in a Elite 8. Play-in diversion to a Final Four again? we doubt it.

47. ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are a dangerous organisation given of a volume of talent they have in their behind court, though they also have not looked dangerous during a 2018 calendar year. We’ll see if they can get past Syracuse and their 2-3 territory in a play-in game.

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46. TEXAS: The Longhorns finished it to a Big Dance with a invulnerability that is anchored by a dinosaur that plays core for them named Mo Bamba. But they can't score, and Bamba has not been healthy for a final integrate of weeks. Teams that can’t measure are teams that we can’t trust in March.

45. LOYOLA-CHICAGO: The Ramblers are now ranked 41st on KenPom, that is utterly considerable for a organisation in a Valley not named Wichita State. Then chuck in these 3 fun facts: Loyola has not mislaid given Jan 31st, they have won 17 of their final 18 games and they went into Florida and picked adult a win on a road. They can tighten we adult and, with 5 players averaging in double-figures, we never utterly know where a offense is entrance from. This is a good, dangerous basketball team.

44. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE: The Jackrabbits are one of a sneaky-good mid-major teams in a margin this year. They stormed by a Summit League this season, they have a intensity NBA actor in core Mike Daum and they do a 3 things that teams need to do to lift an upset: They don’t spin a spin over, they purify a defensive potion and they fire it good from three.

43. UCLA: we don’t know if there is a actor in college basketball that was improved over a march of a final month of a deteriorate than Aaron Holiday was for a Bruins. But a rest of that register is not all that impressive, and they do have to start things off in a play-in diversion opposite …

42. ST. BONAVENTURE: … that will give us a best particular matchup of a initial 4 days of a tournament: Holiday vs. Jaylen Adams. we consider a Bonnies have a improved ancillary cast, though if Courtney Stockard isn’t healthy that would be a vital blow.

41. OKLAHOMA: Here’s a doubt that we need to ask about this Oklahoma team: Do they still suffer personification together? Trae Young has not been a same actor for a final dual months of a deteriorate given teams have figured out that we can chuck all we have during Trae Young and they don’t have an answer. But Young was during his best when they didn’t have to play Big 12 opponents, so maybe this is his possibility to get right?

40. FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles are usually so uninspiring this season. They are a clarification of a high-major organisation that got into a contest given they were means to land a integrate good wins during home in tighten games opposite discussion opponents. Does a one-point win opposite Clemson or a two-point win opposite UNC in Tallahassee unequivocally pierce a needle for you?

39. KANSAS STATE: The Wildcats do check some boxes. They play invulnerability and they have good guards, though usually how healthy is Dean Wade? He missed a diversion opposite Kansas in a Big 12 contest and he is a best actor Bruce Weber has.

38. DAVIDSON: The Wildcats will enter a NCAA contest as one of a hottest teams in college basketball after winning a Atlantic 10 tournament, violence both St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island in a process. They’ve now won 11 of their final 13 games, including 3 wins in their final 4 games opposite a best dual teams in a A10. The republic is going to learn usually how good Peyton Aldridge and Kellan Grady are.

37. SAN DIEGO STATE: There competence not be a hotter organisation in college basketball right now than a Aztecs, who won their final 9 games losing 6 of 8 to dump to 13-10 on a deteriorate and 5-7 in a Mountain West. They positively bloody Nevada in a MWC tournament, kick Gonzaga in San Diego and sealed a unchanging deteriorate with wins over a dual best teams in their conference. Malik Pope, Trey Kell and Jeremy Helmsley are a names people know, though Jalen McDaniels is going to be a subsequent Aztec star.

 

36. VIRGINIA TECH: The Hokies drew Collin Sexton in a initial round, and while that’s a winnable diversion is Sexton doesn’t occur to have one of those nights, they would get Villanova in a second round. And Villanova has beaten improved teams that Virginia Tech when they’ve had off-nights. Tough pull for Buzz Williams and company.

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35. N.C. STATE: we don’t consider anyone could have envisioned a unfolding where a Wolfpack were this good this shortly underneath Keatts. So credit them for usually removing here in a initial place. we also consider that it is going to be tough sledding for N.C. State to get out of a initial round, and afterwards they would run into a Kansas organisation that is some-more than happy to play with them during their pace. It is what it is.

34. TCU: TCU had a illusory season. No one is observant they didn’t. But their trail to a Final Four would embody Michigan State, Duke and Kansas. That’s before they would play in a Final Four. That’s a calamity scenario.

33. ARKANSAS: There are dual things that make me wavering about Arkansas: 1. we don’t consider teams with good guards are going to be perplexed by their pressure, and 2. They are not going to be personification these NCAA contest games in Fayetteville.

32. BUTLER: we indeed like a Bulldogs to get past Arkansas, though we usually don’t see possibly of these organisation being means to kick Purdue in a second round. The initial time Purdue played Butler, they won by 15 points. And we can’t see a maestro organisation like a Boilermakers being disturbed by pressure.

31. MISSOURI: we know Michael Porter Jr. is back, though we don’t nonetheless know if Jordan Barnett is going to play or if a elder Porter indeed fits with this team. It’s considerable that Cuonzo Martin got them here, though we can’t see a approach they can make a run in March.

30. CLEMSON: we don’t see it with Clemson and we haven’t unequivocally seen it all deteriorate prolonged with them. we consider they get held by Chris Jans and New Mexico State in a initial round.

29. RHODE ISLAND: The Rams have been a fun organisation to watch this deteriorate and are substantially good enough, from a talent perspective, to be a tip 4 or 5 seed. But they’ve struggled of late, with a span of waste to Davidson and a blowout detriment during home opposite a bad St. Joseph’s team. Now they’re a No. 7 seed though many distance that is substantially going to get Duke in a second spin if they can kick Oklahoma. Good fitness with that.

28. NEVADA: Like URI, we wish to like Nevada some-more than we do given they are a organisation that plays a approach we adore to see teams play: No bigs, widespread a floor, let it fly. But they usually have not been a same organisation given Lindsay Drew went down with that achilles injury.

27. TEXAS AM: we gamble on talent in a NCAA tournament. The Aggies have copiousness of it, and their distance adult front is creates them a formidable matchup for usually about anyone. But their issues in a behind justice have been well-documented, and we usually don’t know how they are going to understanding with Providence and Kyron Cartwright in a initial round.

26. ALABAMA: we don’t know that we trust Alabama to uncover adult divided from home a approach they showed adult divided from home in a SEC tournament, though if they can get by Virginia Tech, they get a best matchup they could have gotten with a No. 1 seed. Villanova has struggled with energetic lead guards, and I’m not certain there is a some-more energetic lead ensure in a republic than Collin Sexton.

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25. CREIGHTON: The Bluejays are a dangerous organisation given of their ability to make shots and a fact that they substantially have dual pros on a register in Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas, a latter of whom can take usually about anyone out of a basketball game. That said, a second spin date with Virginia is … not ideal.

24. PROVIDENCE: Ed Cooley + Kyron Cartwright + a one-game knockout contest = a Friars creation a run to a Big East pretension diversion and giving Villanova a quarrel there. Don’t be astounded if they are again a tough out opposite North Carolina.

23. SETON HALL: The Pirates indeed got a flattering good pull for being a No. 8 seed. They are a tough, earthy and aged organisation going adult opposite an N.C. State organisation that isn’t. Get past that diversion and they get Kansas in a second round. If a Jayhawks are though Udoka Azubuike a initial weekend of a tournament, will Angel Delgado set a college basketball record for rebounds in a diversion or usually tie it?

22. MIAMI: we was all-in on Miami early on this deteriorate and they’ve gotten improved via a year and still competence get Bruce Brown behind for a tournament. That said, they are going to be in for a quarrel in their initial spin diversion opposite Loyola-Chicago.

21. OHIO STATE: Chris Holtmann has finished a unusual pursuit with this team, though South Dakota State is a really, unequivocally formidable matchup for a Buckeyes. They don’t have a mobile bigs to follow around Mike Daum.

20. AUBURN: The Tigers are aloft on this list that we was going to arrange them given they got a flattering good draw. They get beaten by teams with a ton of size, and no one in their pod has a ton of size, we consider Clemson gets dissapoint by New Mexico State and they get Kansas in a Sweet 16 if seeds hold.

19. TENNESSEE: we wish to like Tennessee this season, though we usually can't get on a bandwagon. They had an unimaginable year, though we am a organisation follower that talent wins out in Mar and we usually don’t consider that a Vols have adequate of it to make a run this season. we consider they could finish adult removing picked off by Miami in a second round.

18. WICHITA STATE: we consider Wichita State can hoop Marshall, though a organisation that has one ball-handler and lacks a toughness that a Shockers typically play with strikes me as a terrible matchup for a organisation like West Virginia.

17. HOUSTON: The Cougars have been boiling prohibited of late, and if it wasn’t for an mistimed turnover on a final possession of a AAC contest pretension game, we competence be articulate about Kelvin Sampson and a discussion champion. One vital red dwindle here: Zavier Simpson competence be means to totally take divided Rob Gray in a second round.

16. WEST VIRGINIA: we consider West Virginia has a comparatively easy trail to get to a Sweet 16. we also consider that West Virginia drew a misfortune probable matchup they could have drawn in a Sweet 16, presumption that Villanova gets there.

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15. GONZAGA: Here’s a hot-take for we — a fact that Gonzaga returned to a NCAA contest this year as a tip 10ish organisation in college basketball is some-more of a matter for a strength of their module than reaching a inhabitant pretension diversion was. They mislaid dual pivotal seniors and dual players to a breeze with eligibility remaining and, with a likes of Johnathan Williams III, Killian Tillie and Josh Perkins, they are a organisation that can bluster for a Final Four again. That’s impressive.

14. PURDUE: we consider that Purdue has been figured out. As good as this organisation is and as many as we suffer examination them play, we don’t know that we trust them to be means to kick teams that are going to concede Isaac Haas to go one-on-one on a retard with a gifted lead-guard defender that can cut of Carsen Edwards’ penetration. we like them to get kick by Texas Tech in a Sweet 16.

13. MICHIGAN: The Wolverines were a hottest organisation in a republic a week ago, as they ran by a Big Ten tournament. But did they run by a Big Ten contest given they were that good or given a Big Ten wasn’t? The other problem? we don’t like a matchups they have in a Sweet 16 (UNC) or a Elite 8 (Xavier).

12. FLORIDA: we can totally see a Gators removing bounced in a initial spin by possibly St. Bonaventure or UCLA. But we can also see them removing on one of those runs where they usually can't skip no matter how tough they try to skip and normal 100 points by 4 games. The hardest organisation to plan in this tournament, that is what creates them so dangerous.

11. KENTUCKY: Which Kentucky organisation is going to uncover up? Because a one that played in a SEC contest looked damn good even though Jarred Vanderbilt. But a one that we saw wholly too mostly during a unchanging deteriorate — including in a unchanging deteriorate culmination opposite Florida — competence not have a firepower to get past Davidson. we consider a former is a answer, that would set adult a fascinating matchup in a second spin with …

10. ARIZONA: we usually can't quit you, Arizona. When Deandre Ayton is personification a approach that he has been personification of late, it’s tough to count a Wildcats out of any game. And while they have a calamity highway perplexing to get to a Elite 8, we consider that Arizona will have a dual best players on a building in each diversion that they play until during slightest a Final Four.

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9. CINCINNATI: we don’t adore this Cincinnati team, though we do consider that their territory of a joint shakes out easily for them. we can’t see Nevada, Texas, Miami or Tennessee unequivocally giving them a fight. That said, we have a tough time guileless a organisation when their best actor — Jacob Evans — doesn’t comprehend that he needs to be their best player.

8. KANSAS: There are a integrate of reasons that Kansas is this low for me, and they kind of branch from a same base cause: a miss of front line depth. As good as a Jayhawks looked in a Big 12 contest this weekend, they are still watchful on word on either or not Udoka Azubuike will be healthy adequate to play this postseason. Without him, can they kick a organisation like Duke or Michigan State, who has that many distance on a interior?

7. TEXAS TECH: Keenan Evans is my collect to go all Shabazz Napier this season. When UConn won a pretension in 2014, their form was eerily identical to that of Texas Tech this year. They were unequivocally good defensively, they tended to onslaught on a descent finish of a building and they had a luminary comparison indicate ensure that could take over games and desired carrying a spin on pivotal possessions. Evans is a go-to man that assuages my fear of chosen defensive teams in March.

6. MICHIGAN STATE: Maybe I’m shopping into a hype too much, though if we are revelation me that we can take Tom Izzo with dual weeks value of use time to try and figure out what, exactly, was going on with his team, I’m going to like them to make a run, even if they aren’t one of a tip dual seeds in their region.

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5. XAVIER: we don’t adore Xavier this year. we consider they have a vital emanate in a fact that their best descent organisation is unequivocally opposite than their best defensive team. Teams like that regard me. That said, we don’t know if there are 3 guys in college basketball that can get hot, stay prohibited and lift a organisation a approach Trevon Bluiett can. Throw in Chris Mack, who competence be coaching this Musketeer module for a final time, and we have a organisation that can make a run.

4. NORTH CAROLINA: The Tar Heels have been to a inhabitant pretension diversion a final dual seasons. They have some-more Quadrant 1 wins than anyone in a sport. They have a maestro register that has won some-more games — and some-more mostly in Mar — than anyone else in a competition right now. And, after removing to a ACC pretension game, we consider it’s protected to contend that they are attack their stride. Roy Williams is personification an wholly opposite register than what we are used to saying from a Tar Heels, and it hasn’t unequivocally mattered yet. Their matchup with Michigan in a Sweet 16 competence will be tough.

3. VIRGINIA: While we am not nonetheless assured that Virginia is a best organisation in college basketball, we can’t find any approach to clear withdrawal them off of a No. 1 mark on their side of a bracket. I’m still disturbed about a same things with this organisation — can a organisation with an chosen invulnerability that plays during a delayed gait though a go-to man win a inhabitant title? — though during this indicate it’s unfit to demeanour during their absurd physique of work and consider that there is anyone else in a republic that has a improved shot of winning 6 some-more games this deteriorate than they do.

My favorite partial of this organisation right now? Speaking with them final night, it’s unfit to consider that thye are anything other than prepared to infer that they are a module able of creation a run to a final weekend of a college basketball season.

2. DUKE: we know they’re not a No. 1 seed and we know that they have mislaid 7 games and usually fell during a hands of North Carolina in a ACC tournament, though we usually can’t quit this narcotic. They are a usually organisation in college basketball to be ranked in a tip 7 in both practiced descent and defensive potency on KenPom, and it’s inarguable that they have been personification elite-level invulnerability given switching to a zone. And that’s why, notwithstanding waste during Virginia Tech and to North Carolina in their final 4 games, we still consider Duke is unequivocally many one of, if not a best organisation in college basketball.

1. VILLANOVA: I’m struggling with where to put Villanova on this list. On a one hand, when they are creation their threes and Mikal Bridges plays a approach that he did in a Big East contest this weekend, they are very, unequivocally tough to best. On a other hand, their doubt outlines on a defensive finish of a building — quite opposite teams with play-making guards — total with a fact that so many of their offense depends on how good they fire it creates me consider that they could be developed for an upset.

The Wildcats got a easiest pull of any No. 1 seed. They also competence finish adult removing Collin Sexton and Jevon Carter or Landry Shamet before a Elite 8. That’s tough.

My collect to win a inhabitant pretension is whoever wins a Final Four diversion between Duke and Villanova, and we have not motionless who we wish to collect to win that game. Today, I’m disposition Villanova. Tomorrow, we competence not be.

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