College Basketball Power Rankings

By Eli Hershkovich

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Welcome to the new home of my college hoops coverage. Let’s skip the traditional top-68 bracketology and analyze which teams are undervalued and overvalued in the betting market with my 2021-22 college basketball rankings.

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2021-22 College Basketball Rankings


College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
1Purdue6-0
2Duke7-0
3Gonzaga6-1
4Baylor7-0
5Kentucky5-1
6Villanova4-2
7Texas4-1
8Arkansas6-0
9Kansas5-1
10Arizona6-0
11Houston5-1

College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
12UCLA6-1
13Tennessee 4-1
14Connecticut 6-1
15Florida6-0
16Auburn5-1
17BYU6-0
18Michigan State5-2
19USC6-0
20LSU7-0
21Texas Tech6-0

College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
22Alabama6-1
23St. Bonaventure 5-1
24Ohio State4-2
25Memphis5-1
26Indiana6-0
27Florida State5-1
28Louisville 5-1
29Xavier5-1
30Colorado State7-0

College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
31West Virginia5-1
32Virginia Tech5-2
33Seton Hall5-1
34North Carolina4-2
35Michigan4-2
36Illinois 4-2
37Wisconsin5-1
38Oklahoma State6-1
39Loyola-Chicago5-2
40Saint Mary's6-1
41Iowa State6-0

College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
42Virginia5-2
43Oregon3-3
44Utah State5-1
45Oklahoma6-1
46Mississippi State5-1
47Maryland5-2
48San Francisco8-0
49UCF4-1
50Marquette 6-1
51Providence6-1
52Northwestern5-1

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
53Drake3-3
54Syracuse3-3
55San Diego State4-2
56Clemson4-2
57Iowa6-0
58Ohio5-1
59Cincinnati 5-2
60VCU3-4
61Belmont 5-3
62Washington State5-1

College Basketball Power Rankings

RankingsTeams2021-22 Record
63Iona6-2
66Utah5-1
64Wichita State5-1
65Buffalo3-2
67UAB5-2
68Chattanooga5-1

College Basketball Rankings: Biggest Movers Up

LSU Tigers (No. 35 to No. 20):

  • Will Wade’s teams haven’t finished higher than No. 59 in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency (AdjD) during his LSU tenure. That metric signifies the rating of a defense (or offense) on a points per possession basis via college basketball prognosticator Ken Pomeroy. The Tigers rank No. 18 in that department thus far, and Missouri transfer Xavier Pinson is leading the charge as a two-way pest.

Louisville Cardinals (unranked to No. 28):

  • The Cardinals went from struggling on the glass to climbing to a No. 38 ranking in defensive rebounding rate. Their refined effort is allowing them to control the tempo with Marshall transfer Jarrod West at point guard (22.0% assist rate). They’ll have head coach Chris Mack back on the sidelines after he served a six-game suspension.

College Basketball Rankings: Biggest Movers Down

Memphis Tigers (No. 9 to No. 25):

  • Penny Hardaway’s unit is tallying the sixth-highest turnover percentage in all of Division I. Until Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown is involved in the offensive game plan, continue to see if the betting market is overvaluing the Tigers.

Oregon Ducks (No. 27 to No. 43):

  • Dana Altman’s transfer-filled roster possesses no offensive identity ⁠— highlighted by its bottom-105 effective field goal percentage (46.4%). This category places more emphasis on perimeter shots. The Ducks need their lead guard Will Richardson to progress his game sooner than later.

How To Apply College Basketball Rankings To Betting

Don’t treat these ratings as gospel in regards to game-by-game markets. For instance, just because Iowa State is ranked higher than Virginia doesn’t imply that T. J. Otzelberger’s bunch would be favored on a neutral court. But it should help you grasp which programs are undervalued — in relation to the odds board.

These rankings can be applied to the current state of each team, but it doesn’t necessarily signify value with national title futures. The potential additions to your portfolio can be found in the biggest movers section above, but make sure that there’s still betting value.

This week, the LSU Tigers () would represent that team.