NCAA Men’s Basketball Power Rankings

2017-18 Preseason Rankings

Updated July 17th, 5:19 PM

By: Luke Benz

To break down the rankings by conference, click here. See the bottom of this page for an explanation/definition of "YUSAG Coefficient". A more mathematical description of our methodology can be found here. Ken Massey's site will be tracking how our model (and dozens of other models) fairs this season, so feel free to check out our progress there. The code used for this project can be found on Luke Benz's GitHub.

To sort the table by a specific column, simply click the column name

Rank Team Conference YUSAG Coefficient
1 North Carolina ACC 29.82
2 Kansas Big 12 28.50
3 Florida SEC 28.37
4 Kentucky SEC 28.26
5 West Virginia Big 12 27.86
6 Gonzaga WCC 27.85
7 Villanova Big East 27.83
8 Oregon Pac 12 27.48
9 Louisville ACC 26.94
10 Duke ACC 26.33
11 Iowa St. Big 12 25.69
12 UCLA Pac 12 24.99
13 Virginia ACC 24.16
14 Michigan Big 10 24.00
15 Purdue Big 10 23.99
16 SMU AAC 23.61
17 Wichita St. AAC 23.55
18 Arizona Pac 12 23.45
19 Wisconsin Big 10 23.20
20 Florida St. ACC 22.95
21 Cincinnati AAC 22.90
22 Oklahoma St. Big 12 22.83
23 South Carolina SEC 22.17
24 Creighton Big East 21.81
25 Butler Big East 21.76
26 Baylor Big 12 21.60
27 Notre Dame ACC 20.03
28 Saint Mary's (CA) WCC 19.34
29 Xavier Big East 19.29
30 TCU Big 12 19.26
31 Marquette Big East 18.69
32 Miami (FL) ACC 18.60
33 Indiana Big 10 18.26
34 Wake Forest ACC 18.07
35 Texas Tech Big 12 17.92
36 Arkansas SEC 17.91
37 Syracuse ACC 17.84
38 Vanderbilt SEC 17.65
39 Michigan St. Big 10 17.44
40 Clemson ACC 17.39
41 Kansas St. Big 12 17.39
42 Minnesota Big 10 17.36
43 Nevada MWC 16.90
44 VCU A-10 16.83
45 Virginia Tech ACC 16.53
46 Utah Pac 12 16.34
47 Maryland Big 10 16.30
48 Houston AAC 16.20
49 Alabama SEC 16.14
50 Southern California Pac 12 16.08
51 Texas Big 12 15.98
52 Seton Hall Big East 15.85
53 Dayton A-10 15.82
54 Tennessee SEC 15.81
55 Northwestern Big 10 15.63
56 California Pac 12 15.56
57 Rhode Island A-10 15.27
58 Georgetown Big East 15.19
59 Providence Big East 15.17
60 Illinois Big 10 15.09
61 Illinois St. MVC 15.07
62 Oklahoma Big 12 15.02
63 Georgia SEC 14.87
64 Middle Tenn. C-USA 14.77
65 UCF AAC 14.66
66 Texas A&M SEC 14.46
67 Ohio St. Big 10 14.32
68 Colorado Pac 12 14.16
69 Ole Miss SEC 14.03
70 Iowa Big 10 13.60
71 Auburn SEC 13.01
72 UNCW CAA 12.99
73 Pittsburgh ACC 12.27
74 San Diego St. MWC 11.46
75 Georgia Tech ACC 11.43
76 UConn AAC 11.07
77 Princeton Ivy 10.88
78 Stanford Pac 12 10.61
79 Nebraska Big 10 10.39
80 Mississippi St. SEC 10.22
81 Memphis AAC 10.10
82 ETSU Southern 9.90
83 BYU WCC 9.81
84 St. John's (NY) Big East 9.81
85 UT Arlington Sunbelt 9.58
86 Vermont Am. East 9.51
87 Boise St. MWC 9.43
88 Penn St. Big 10 9.43
89 Loyola Chicago MVC 9.32
90 Davidson A-10 9.30
91 Belmont OVC 8.76
92 New Mexico St. WAC 8.54
93 Colorado St. MWC 8.44
94 Bucknell Patriot 8.42
95 St. Bonaventure A-10 8.41
96 Valparaiso MVC 8.28
97 Temple AAC 8.27
98 Arizona St. Pac 12 8.20
99 Richmond A-10 8.18
100 Monmouth MAAC 8.10
101 North Carolina St. ACC 8.06
102 Louisiana Tech C-USA 7.99
103 Missouri SEC 7.86
104 Oakland Horizon 7.72
105 Lehigh Patriot 7.41
106 Fresno St. MWC 7.02
107 Akron MAC 6.99
108 CSU Bakersfield WAC 6.97
109 FGCU A-Sun 6.82
110 Col. of Charleston CAA 6.73
111 Rutgers Big 10 6.73
112 Ohio MAC 6.51
113 Iona MAAC 6.39
114 San Francisco WCC 6.35
115 Washington Pac 12 6.27
116 Utah St. MWC 6.16
117 DePaul Big East 6.11
118 Santa Clara WCC 6.10
119 Harvard Ivy 5.98
120 Wyoming MWC 5.98
121 Missouri St. MVC 5.97
122 New Mexico MWC 5.57
123 Toledo MAC 5.51
124 Old Dominion C-USA 5.46
125 Towson CAA 5.38
126 Buffalo MAC 5.34
127 Georgia St. Sunbelt 5.17
128 LSU SEC 5.07
129 Yale Ivy 5.02
130 Saint Peter's MAAC 4.93
131 Tulsa AAC 4.91
132 Furman Southern 4.90
133 La Salle A-10 4.77
134 Arkansas St. Sunbelt 4.65
135 Louisiana Sunbelt 4.52
136 UNC Asheville Big South 4.49
137 Chattanooga Southern 4.46
138 UC Irvine Big West 4.42
139 George Mason A-10 4.38
140 Massachusetts A-10 4.33
141 Eastern Mich. MAC 4.24
142 Winthrop Big South 3.98
143 Kent St. MAC 3.93
144 South Dakota Summit 3.91
145 George Washington A-10 3.86
146 William & Mary CAA 3.76
147 Grand Canyon WAC 3.60
148 Boston College ACC 3.55
149 Ball St. MAC 3.49
150 Marshall C-USA 3.46
151 Northeastern CAA 3.46
152 Southern Ill. MVC 3.33
153 Fort Wayne Summit 3.17
154 Penn Ivy 3.09
155 UNI MVC 3.08
156 Utah Valley WAC 3.08
157 Elon CAA 3.03
158 Rice C-USA 3.00
159 Tennessee St. OVC 3.00
160 Evansville MVC 2.92
161 Samford Southern 2.87
162 North Dakota Big Sky 2.84
163 Albany (NY) Am. East 2.83
164 Weber St. Big Sky 2.80
165 Omaha Summit 2.75
166 Northern Ky. Horizon 2.66
167 Saint Joseph's A-10 2.52
168 UNCG Southern 2.46
169 Murray St. OVC 2.43
170 UAB C-USA 2.36
171 Washington St. Pac 12 2.36
172 East Carolina AAC 2.35
173 South Dakota St. Summit 2.32
174 N.C. Central MEAC 2.27
175 Troy Sunbelt 2.23
176 Lipscomb A-Sun 2.22
177 Indiana St. MVC 2.15
178 Wofford Southern 2.04
179 Western Ky. C-USA 2.02
180 Jacksonville St. OVC 1.88
181 Siena MAAC 1.87
182 North Dakota St. Summit 1.77
183 Wright St. Horizon 1.68
184 UNLV MWC 1.64
185 Loyola Marymount WCC 1.55
186 Western Mich. MAC 1.45
187 Green Bay Horizon 1.39
188 Mercer Southern 1.37
189 Boston U. Patriot 1.33
190 Coastal Caro. Sunbelt 1.30
191 Montana Big Sky 1.24
192 Morehead St. OVC 1.19
193 UTEP C-USA 1.09
194 James Madison CAA 0.57
195 Canisius MAAC 0.46
196 Hofstra CAA 0.37
197 Texas St. Sunbelt 0.32
198 Ga. Southern Sunbelt 0.12
199 Gardner-Webb Big South 0.07
200 A&M-Corpus Chris Southland 0.00
201 Denver Summit -0.01
202 Eastern Wash. Big Sky -0.02
203 IUPUI Horizon -0.03
204 Northern Ill. MAC -0.11
205 UT Martin OVC -0.22
206 Tulane AAC -0.28
207 New Hampshire Am. East -0.31
208 Pacific WCC -0.50
209 Mt. St. Mary's NEC -0.60
210 Oregon St. Pac 12 -0.60
211 Fordham A-10 -0.61
212 Bradley MVC -0.81
213 Saint Louis A-10 -0.84
214 UMBC Am. East -0.91
215 Navy Patriot -0.92
216 San Jose St. MWC -1.06
217 South Ala. Sunbelt -1.12
218 Rider MAAC -1.16
219 Stony Brook Am. East -1.17
220 New Orleans Southland -1.21
221 UMKC WAC -1.25
222 Fairfield MAAC -1.37
223 Little Rock Sunbelt -1.41
224 Montana St. Big Sky -1.54
225 Columbia Ivy -1.71
226 SFA Southland -1.77
227 Air Force MWC -1.84
228 UC Davis Big West -1.86
229 Duquesne A-10 -1.95
230 Holy Cross Patriot -2.06
231 Eastern Ill. OVC -2.27
232 Oral Roberts Summit -2.30
233 South Fla. AAC -2.30
234 Liberty Big South -2.32
235 Idaho Big Sky -2.35
236 Drexel CAA -2.40
237 Texas Southern SWAC -2.52
238 Long Beach St. Big West -2.53
239 Bowling Green MAC -2.71
240 Wagner NEC -2.80
241 Southeast Mo. St. OVC -2.93
242 Loyola Maryland Patriot -3.07
243 Army West Point Patriot -3.10
244 Cleveland St. Horizon -3.15
245 Drake MVC -3.16
246 Portland WCC -3.24
247 Houston Baptist Southland -3.28
248 San Diego WCC -3.35
249 Central Mich. MAC -3.40
250 Hawaii Big West -3.40
251 Eastern Ky. OVC -3.43
252 LIU Brooklyn NEC -3.48
253 Lamar University Southland -3.55
254 Charlotte C-USA -3.56
255 Ill.-Chicago Horizon -3.57
256 UTSA C-USA -3.67
257 CSUN Big West -3.74
258 Tennessee Tech OVC -3.76
259 North Florida A-Sun -3.79
260 Portland St. Big Sky -3.83
261 Southeastern La. Southland -3.98
262 Robert Morris NEC -4.24
263 Cal St. Fullerton Big West -4.26
264 High Point Big South -4.33
265 Sam Houston St. Southland -4.42
266 La.-Monroe Sunbelt -4.44
267 Kennesaw St. A-Sun -4.45
268 USC Upstate A-Sun -4.49
269 FIU C-USA -4.54
270 Milwaukee Horizon -4.54
271 Saint Francis (PA) NEC -4.58
272 Seattle U WAC -4.77
273 Niagara MAAC -4.80
274 Colgate Patriot -5.12
275 Jacksonville A-Sun -5.13
276 Cornell Ivy -5.17
277 Fla. Atlantic C-USA -5.20
278 Fairleigh Dickinson NEC -5.31
279 Northern Colo. Big Sky -5.44
280 Delaware CAA -5.46
281 Manhattan MAAC -5.90
282 Appalachian St. Sunbelt -5.91
283 Miami (OH) MAC -5.94
284 Brown Ivy -5.95
285 Detroit Mercy Horizon -6.19
286 Quinnipiac MAAC -6.23
287 Dartmouth Ivy -6.27
288 Bryant NEC -6.43
289 NJIT A-Sun -6.55
290 Pepperdine WCC -6.57
291 Campbell Big South -6.85
292 UMass Lowell Am. East -6.88
293 Youngstown St. Horizon -6.89
294 American Patriot -7.33
295 North Texas C-USA -7.40
296 Sacred Heart NEC -7.48
297 Sacramento St. Big Sky -7.61
298 Cal Poly Big West -7.62
299 Norfolk St. MEAC -7.83
300 Western Ill. Summit -7.89
301 Austin Peay OVC -7.92
302 UC Riverside Big West -8.15
303 Radford Big South -8.24
304 Alcorn SWAC -8.38
305 Abilene Christian Southland -8.39
306 UTRGV WAC -8.48
307 Nicholls St. Southland -8.52
308 Hampton MEAC -8.69
309 Northwestern St. Southland -8.69
310 Binghamton Am. East -8.73
311 Marist MAAC -8.77
312 SIUE OVC -8.95
313 Incarnate Word Southland -9.13
314 Charleston So. Big South -9.19
315 UMES MEAC -9.43
316 Central Ark. Southland -9.60
317 The Citadel Southern -9.96
318 Southern Miss. C-USA -10.17
319 Northern Ariz. Big Sky -10.21
320 UC Santa Barbara Big West -10.29
321 Southern U. SWAC -10.40
322 Southern Utah Big Sky -10.47
323 Jackson St. SWAC -10.53
324 Prairie View SWAC -10.72
325 Stetson A-Sun -11.01
326 McNeese Southland -11.14
327 VMI Southern -11.40
328 Lafayette Patriot -11.65
329 Morgan St. MEAC -11.77
330 Idaho St. Big Sky -11.86
331 Savannah St. MEAC -12.27
332 Western Caro. Southern -12.36
333 Howard MEAC -12.50
334 Hartford Am. East -12.66
335 Maine Am. East -12.78
336 Grambling SWAC -12.84
337 Chicago St. WAC -13.35
338 Central Conn. St. NEC -14.11
339 South Carolina St. MEAC -14.47
340 Delaware St. MEAC -15.15
341 Bethune-Cookman MEAC -15.47
342 Alabama St. SWAC -15.61
343 St. Francis Brooklyn NEC -15.91
344 Mississippi Val. SWAC -16.55
345 Longwood Big South -16.79
346 Coppin St. MEAC -17.18
347 Florida A&M MEAC -17.39
348 N.C. A&T MEAC -18.34
349 Ark.-Pine Bluff SWAC -18.65
350 Presbyterian Big South -19.50
351 Alabama A&M SWAC -22.87

Definition of YUSAG Coefficient

The YUSAG coefficient is the number of points a given team would be expected to beat the model-baseline team (A&M Corpus Christi, first alphabetically) on a neutral court. Taking the difference between two teams coefficients gives you how much team A would be expected to beat team B by on a neutral court. For more on the the math behind this model, click here.

Note: A decrease in a team's YUSAG coefficient doesn't necessarily mean they have declined. It could be that the A&M Corpus Christi, the model's baseline team has improved. This doesn't affect prediction results because all teams' coefficients are shifted accordingly.