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On a daily basis we rank all NCAA Basketball teams from best #1 to worst #50
Is the average line a team’s been assigned by the Sportsbooks
We use computer formulated projections to calculate a hypothetical odd for an event
We show your Edge by calculating the difference between the Avg Line and the Power Line.
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29. North Carolina
31. Oklahoma State
35. Utah State
40. Mississippi State
45. San Diego State
Welcome to our definitive list of the best NCAA basketball teams in the country at this precise moment in time. OddsTrader ranks the top 50 NCAA basketball teams from best to worst on a daily basis.
This is not a vague NCAA men’s basketball power rankings list based on feelings and opinions. It is calculated by analyzing the average line each team has been assigned by the sportsbooks. We then use computer formulated projections to calculate power line for each team, and help you gain an edge when betting on college basketball games.
NCAAB power rankings essentially list the most prominent national title contenders in order of strength. There are too many college basketball teams to list them all, so most men’s college basketball power rankings stick to the leading teams that generally battle for glory as March Madness unfolds each year. When the bracket is set for the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament, you will find NCAA basketball tournament power rankings.
You may also find college basketball conference power rankings, particularly for leading conferences like the Big Ten, the Big 12 and the SEC. There are also some college basketball player power rankings, which are typically published around draft time, along with college basketball power rankings top 100 and NCAA basketball power rankings all teams.
Most college basketball power rankings are based on the opinions of a particular writer. They look at which teams performed well in the last NCAA tournament, analyze the key players and roster depth of each team, and then present their views. They will update these power rankings over the course of the season, depending on how well each team is performing, factoring in injuries, fatigue and so on.
These NCAA basketball power rankings are very interesting, but they are not particularly scientific. Our college basketball power rankings differ from the norm, because they are based on data.
On a daily basis, we rank all the leading NCAA basketball teams from 1 through 50. The power ranking is based upon the average line that a team has been assigned by the sportsbooks.
Our data experts crunch the numbers and use advanced formulae to calculate the hypothetical odds for an event. This is known as the Power Line. You can rank the top college basketball teams in order of their average line or their Power Line ranking. You will also see if each team is climbing or falling each day.
Basketball bettors can gain a betting edge by checking out the difference between the average line and the power line. We highlight a positive edge in green to show you when the data suggests you might be able to gain an advantage.
A handful of teams regularly occupy the top places in the college basketball power rankings. These are some of the teams that you will typically find vying for first place in the chart:
The Zags held the No. 1 ranking every day of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season. They won 31 games in a row, with 29 of those victories coming by double digits. It was almost the perfect season, until they suffered a shock 86-70 defeat to Baylor in the National Championship game. Incidentally, our college basketball power rankings all teams model suggested a betting edge for Baylor covering in that game.
Gonzaga looks unlikely to secure another undefeated regular season in 2021-22 after losing three starters, including star player Jalen Suggs, but the Bulldogs are still the national title favorites. Mark Few’s team features a potentially devastating frontcourt duo of Drew Timme and Chet Holmhren, while veteran guard Andrew Nembhard can continue to run the show. The Zags had a glorious opportunity to end the title drought last year, but they could make amends this time around.
Michigan claimed the No. 4 overall seed last year after finishing top of the Big Ten Conference with a 20-4 record. The Wolverines ultimately suffered a narrow defeat to UCLA in the Elite 8, but they looked strong throughout the season. They look likely to dominate the Big Ten again in 2021-22, with a strong supporting cast around star man Hunter Dickinson. There is a great deal of excitement surrounding Caleb Houstan and DeVante’ Jones, the Sun Belt Player of the Year and one of the best available point guards in the portal, who chose the Wolverines ahead of Texas Tech, Texas and Memphis.
UCLA is the most successful team in NCAA tournament history. It has won the national title 11 times, which is three more than second placed Kentucky. UCLA has not been crowned national champion since 1995, but it came close last season. Some would argue that the Bruins’ run to the Final Four was lucky, especially the nature of its comeback win against Michigan, but it showed a lot of desire, and it took the Zags to overtime in the National Semifinals. The nucleus has returned for the 2021-22 season, but the Bruins have also brought in two exciting stars in Myles Johnson and Peyton Watson, and that duo has the potential to seriously bolster the UCLA defense next season.
The Wildcats have been the most successful team over the past five years, having won the national title in 2016 and 2018. They have finished as conference regular season champions for the last three years, and they reached the Sweet 16 in 2020-21. Collin Gillespie is back from an MCL tear, and he should re-establish himself as one of the top point guards in college basketball. A nucleus of Jermaine Samuels, Justin Moore and Caleb Daniels is blessed with vital experience in big games, so the Wildcats are in with a shot of adding to their trophy cabinet.
Mike Krzyzewski’s 42-year reign as head coach at Duke will come to an end this year. He has led the team to the national title five times, most recently in 2015, and everyone will be desperate for him to go out on a high. Duke endured a disappointing season in 2020-21, but the recruitment has been strong in the offseason. The arrivals of No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams and Theo John should leave this team competing for top spot in the men’s college basketball power rankings throughout the season.
Penny Hardaway will bid to lead his alma mater to a first national title this year. He has won more than 20 games in each of his three seasons with the Tigers, but he has not yet made the NCAA tournament. He has Emoni Bates, one of the best high-school freshmen of all time, in his ranks, along with hyped center Jalen Duren, whose arrival has turned Memphis into a top-10 team in the NCAA championship betting odds. Duren is bidding to become the No. 1 overall draft pick – the college basketball freshman power rankings will be fascinating – and Memphis looks like a genuine contender for glory.
The Jayhawks will vie for a fourth NCAA title this year. Last season, the program put up its worst offensive record since Bill Self took the reins. The head coach responded by bringing in two dangerous, scoring PGs – Joseph Yesufu, who has joined from Drake, and the wonderfully named veteran Remy Martin, who is linking up with Self for his extra year of eligibility. Martin splits opinion, but he may flourish with a stronger supporting cast. Kansas is a feature at the top of the college basketball power rankings, and it may seize the famous gold-plated trophy in 2021-22.
Freshmen such as Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey, Mason Gillis and Brandon Newman exceeded expectations as the Boilermakers earned a No. 4 seed at the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Those players will be older, sturdier and wiser this time around, while big things are expected of Trevion Williams at center. He was a sensation at this summer’s FIBA U19 World Cup, and Edey also starred, giving Purdue fans cause for optimism. It is certainly a contender for the Big Ten Conference title.
The reigning champion will return to defend its crown in 2021-22. Baylor was the heavy underdog for the championship game against Gonzaga last season, but its defense was ferocious and it absolutely pulverized the opposition. There will be some key changes in 2021-22, but Scott Drew could build another strong team around the mercurial talents of wing scorer Matthew Mayor, with the likes of Kendall Brown contributing to a talented supporting cast.
North Carolina is another perennial contender for the national title. It is the third most successful team in NCAA tournament history, with six championships. The Tar Heels’ most recent triumph came in 2017. The team underwhelmed last year, but hopes are a lot higher for the 2021-22 season. Hubert Davies has taken over as head coach after a nine-year stint as assistant, and his team looks capable of clinching the ACC. A frontcourt triumvirate of Armando Bacot, Dawson Garcia and Bobby Manek will be hard for any team to handle, but much rests on Caleb Love’s ability to fulfil his potential at UNC.
College basketball bettors can benefit from a range of free resources at OddsTrader. You can use our odds comparison tool to find the best spreads, totals lines and moneylines on each game, and we will furnish you with in-depth stats on the games.
There is also an ATS rankings page, where you can check out how well each team has fared ATS and straight up, home and away, and in each half. It also shows how often over or under pays off when each college basketball team is in action.
We have a separate section for futures betting odds too, as we know that college basketball bettors love to wager on the winner of the national title.
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