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CSD Prime College Basketball Computer Rankings Week 8 – Baylor And Gonzaga Fight For #1

Gonzaga has been the story of college basketball this year, and for good reason. The Bulldogs have played a murderer’s row of a schedule, with four “Q1” and two “Q2” wins in non-conference play. However, by the slightest of margins, it is not Mark Few’s ‘Zags that come in first on these updated rankings, rather, Baylor does.

The Bears have had a quiet year, lacking the marquee showdowns of Gonzaga. Their only Q1 win came all the way back in the second week of the season, in a 10 PM Easterntip against Illinois that I am sure many missed.

Despite a weak schedule relative to Gonzaga, Scott Drew’s Bears have made the most of who they have played. The Bears have won every game by double-digits, winning by an average margin of 28 points, and that dominance has led them to the *just* edge out GU in the eyes of my computer.

The smooth ride for the nation’s #2 three-point shooting team may come to an end soon, though, as the Bears now hop into a murderer’s row of games over the next two weeks. It starts with a game against a tough West Virginia team on Tuesday, followed by a road tilt @ Texas Tech, a return home to face Kansas, and then @ Oklahoma State to close out the stretch. All four of those teams rank in my computer’s top 40, and all but Oklahoma State rank in the top 20.

We will soon see if Baylor’s dominance is real or just a product of who they have played soon, but for now, the Bears rest atop the rankings. As for Gonzaga, one of their toughest games remaining will come on Saturday, when they travel to play Saint Mary’s.

A reminder, as always, these rankings DO NOT reflect a team’s resume. They are solely used to measure a team’s strength in the sense Vegas would to set lines. Thus, team talent remains an important variable throughout the season. Additionally, recent games are weighted more heavily, and if you are lucky or don’t look good in a win, you may fall, while if you look good or are unlucky in a loss, you may rise. Let’s get into it.

If you are looking for an AP Poll “resume style” ranking, check out my top 25.

RankTEAMConfRecordCHANGEYTD CHANGE
1BaylorBig 12  11-013
2Gonzaga          WCC  12-0-1-1
3IowaBig Ten  11-224
4Villanova        Big East   8-12-2
5Illinois         Big Ten   9-4-23
6Michigan         Big Ten  10-0210
7TexasBig 12  10-1214
8Tennessee        SEC   9-1-120
9Wisconsin        Big Ten  10-2-510
10Creighton        Big East  10-230
11Houston          AAC  10-1-17
12KansasBig 12  10-2-1-9
13USCPac-12   8-22346
14Texas Tech       Big 12  10-3-2-2
15Clemson          ACC   9-1641
16Colorado         Pac-12   8-3931
17West Virginia    Big 12   9-4-3-3
18Arkansas         SEC  10-2237
19OregonPac-12   9-2-4-4
20Indiana          Big Ten   8-5-14
21Connecticut      Big East   6-11920
22Ohio State         Big Ten   9-36-2
23LSUSEC   8-2115
24Alabama          SEC   9-31426
25Virginia         ACC   7-2-8-19
26Louisville       ACC   8-17-3
27Saint LouisA10   7-1-1139
28UCLAPac-12   9-2113
29PurdueBig Ten   8-58-7
30Florida State      ACC   5-2-3-19
31Minnesota        Big Ten  10-4112
32North Carolina   ACC   7-43-3
33San Diego State    Mountain West   9-212-8
34Missouri         SEC   7-2-1245
35Stanford         Pac-12   8-3112
36Oklahoma State     Big 12   8-3-218
37DrakeMissouri Valley  13-028105
38Virginia Tech    ACC   9-21124
39Oklahoma         Big 12   6-4-10-9
40Rutgers          Big Ten   7-4-226
41Penn State         Big Ten   3-43-2
42XavierBig East  10-259
43Florida          SEC   5-3-20-26
44Arizona          Pac-12   9-3-14-12
45Boise State        Mountain West  10-1740
46Seton Hall       Big East   9-5-4-19
47Maryland         Big Ten   7-6-6-21
48Syracuse         ACC   7-2-22-12
49Michigan StateBig Ten   8-4-6-40
50DukeACC   5-2-19-45
51Northwestern     Big Ten   6-4452
52BYUWCC   9-35-19
53North Carolina StateACC   6-3-5-1
54Utah State         Mountain West   9-3243
55Marquette        Big East   6-6-2-13
56Kentucky         SEC   4-65-43
57SMUAAC   6-2-612
58Providence       Big East   7-52-23
59Richmond         A10   9-306
60Ole MissSEC   6-4-1012
61VCUA10   9-3-527
62Loyola-Chicago   Missouri Valley   7-3-811
63St BonaventureA10   4-1033
64TulsaAAC   7-31034
65Wichita State      AAC   7-33-21
66South Carolina   SEC   3-25-2
67FurmanSouthern   8-3013
68Mississippi State  SEC   8-415-7
69Rhode Island     A10   6-676
70ToledoMAC  10-33059
71Georgia Tech     ACC   6-3-5-3
72St Mary’sWCC   9-3-3-27
73Pittsburgh       ACC   6-2427
74UCFAAC   3-31134
75Colorado State     Mountain West   8-2432
76Davidson         A10   6-5-42
77Memphis          AAC   6-4-19-14
78Marshall         Conference USA   7-2442
79AuburnSEC   6-6-9-31
80Cincinnati       AAC   3-70-40
81San Francisco    WCC   8-679
82Colgate          Patriot   3-12148
83Miami FL         ACC   5-57-16
84TCUBig 12   9-4-22-10
85UtahPac-12   4-4-10-9
86Georgia          SEC   7-3-56
87Winthrop         Big South  11-0635
88Wright State       Horizon   8-3428
89Arizona State      Pac-12   4-5-25-40
90DaytonA10   6-3-1-37
91Bowling Green    MAC   9-21449
92UABConference USA   9-1-656
93Notre Dame       ACC   3-7-6-35
94Liberty          ASUN  11-4217
95South Dakota StateSummit   8-3611
96St John’s        Big East   6-6-5-26
97Bradley          Missouri Valley   6-4217
98Western KentuckyConference USA   9-4-25-11
99ButlerBig East   3-63-65
100Georgia State      Sun Belt   7-2-610
101Missouri State     Missouri Valley   8-11223
102Buffalo          MAC   4-373
103Belmont          OVC  12-1-6-4
104Louisiana Tech   Conference USA   9-410-3
105Kent StateMAC   4-32555
106Massachusetts    A10   3-31249
107Washington State   Pac-12   9-2437
108South Florida    AAC   7-5-104
109Texas A&M        SEC   6-4-25-20
110DePaulBig East   1-3-6-19
111Georgetown       Big East   3-84-17
112NevadaMountain West   8-58-28
113Loyola MarymountWCC   6-32756
114Abilene ChristianSouthland  10-2-756
115Wofford          Southern   6-4116
116Boston College   ACC   2-9-611
117Nebraska         Big Ten   4-8216
118UC Irvine        Big West   6-432-1
119SienaMAAC   4-05737
120North Texas      Conference USA   5-5-25-27
121Iowa State         Big 12   2-7-9-40
122OhioMAC   6-5-1629
123AkronMAC   4-2-6-5
124Santa Clara      WCC   7-22313
125Eastern WashingtonBig Sky   2-427
126Oregon State       Pac-12   5-40-31
127Coastal CarolinaSun Belt   9-21938
128Vermont          AEC   5-320-51
129Wake ForestACC   3-38-16
130Northeastern     CAA   5-54216
131UC Santa Barbara Big West   6-32123
132Grand Canyon     WAC   6-31151
133MercerSouthern   7-3-945
134TempleAAC   1-2192
135UNC Greensboro   Southern   6-5-14-49
136Duquesne         A10   3-3-28-34
137BryantNEC   9-229158
138Pacific          WCC   3-1-5-10
139Vanderbilt       SEC   4-532
140Hofstra          CAA   6-5-9-15
141Old Dominion     Conference USA   7-3-16-22
142Cal State BakersfieldBig West   7-42366
143UNLVMountain West   1-6-5-34
144East CarolinaAAC   7-3-2144
145Northern Iowa    Missouri Valley   3-7-16-74
146East Tennessee StateSouthern   6-412-49
147Murray State       OVC   4-6-6-43
148California       Pac-12   6-7-16-22
149New Mexico State   WAC   2-1-27-67
150Arkansas Little RockSun Belt   7-4-22-12
151Pepperdine       WCC   4-5-12-28
152MonmouthMAAC   5-42322
153North Dakota StateSummit   6-6314
154Montana          Big Sky   5-613-9
155Indiana State      Missouri Valley   4-6-10-34
156La Salle         A10   5-603
157Eastern KentuckyOVC  11-21683
158Southern IllinoisMissouri Valley   7-335
159Kansas State       Big 12   5-8-23-76
160FIUConference USA   8-448
161NavyPatriot   7-1862
162Oral Roberts     Summit   6-6-1822
163UC Riverside     Big West   4-2-1455
164Chattanooga      Southern  10-3-915
165Charlotte        Conference USA   5-5-1121
166UTEPConference USA   6-4-156
167St Peter’sMAAC   6-5-420
168South Dakota     Summit   6-62428
169DrexelCAA   5-4241
170Sam Houston State  Southland   9-55460
171Washington       Pac-12   1-9-36-111
172Texas State        Sun Belt   7-48-57
173Southern Utah    Big Sky   9-11017
174Ball State         MAC   4-5-12-40
175UMBCAEC   9-22028
176ArmyPatriot   6-3287
177Wisconsin MilwaukeeHorizon   5-22682
178Wyoming          Mountain West   7-2-2115
179TulaneAAC   6-3-235
180Fresno State       Mountain West   5-337-37
181Louisiana        Sun Belt   8-313-6
182Montana State      Big Sky   5-33839
183IonaMAAC   5-3737
184Appalachian State  Sun Belt   9-457
185UT Arlington     Sun Belt   6-6-3-32
186UNC Wilmington   CAA   6-3-172
187Weber State        Big Sky   4-32269
188George Mason     A10   5-5-29-53
189Cleveland State    Horizon   8-31079
190Lafayette        Patriot   3-1-1138
191Western CarolinaSouthern   7-3-23-6
192Jacksonville State OVC   7-4-1159
193Florida Gulf CoastASUN   5-23056
194Eastern MichiganMAC   3-365-32
195Austin Peay      OVC   7-4-7-43
196Texas SouthernSWAC   2-5858
197HawaiiBig West   3-1-37-3
198Nicholls State     Southland   4-53539
199Sacremento StateBig Sky   4-11510
200Eastern IllinoisOVC   5-6-413
201RiceConference USA   9-32751
202College of CharlestonCAA   5-613-52
203Valparaiso       Missouri Valley   3-7-33-56
204Gardner Webb     Big South   3-8821
205UC Davis         Big West   2-227
206Stony Brook      AEC   6-425-1
207Lipscomb         ASUN   8-61-27
208Saint Joseph’sA10   1-8-15-13
209Northern KentuckyHorizon   5-6-4-60
210UT Rio Grande ValleyWAC   6-31947
211South Alabama    Sun Belt   7-6-37-40
212LIU Brooklyn     NEC   3-12652
213Stephen F. AustinSouthland   5-2-13-52
214Niagara          MAAC   5-5-163
215Florida AtlanticConference USA   5-6-29-26
216Samford          Southern   5-5-1499
217Miami OH         MAC   4-3-20-35
218Evansville       Missouri Valley   6-61843
219San Diego        WCC   1-415-43
220NJITAEC   4-4-133
221Purdue Fort WayneHorizon   4-56212
222Middle Tennessee StateConference USA   3-510-3
223Robert Morris    Horizon   3-3231
224UTSAConference USA   5-6-18-58
225Radford          Big South   8-665-27
226Seattle          WAC   7-53115
227North Carolina CentralMEAC   1-32360
228Illinois ChicagoHorizon   5-4-37-31
229James Madison    CAA   5-43555
230George WashingtonA10   3-77-26
231Central MichiganMAC   5-613-30
232Cal State NorthridgeBig West   4-33849
233Missouri Kansas CitySummit   5-82036
234American UniversityPatriot   0-0-47-5
235Utah Valley      WAC   4-5537
236Hartford         AEC   8-5714
237Georgia SouthernSun Belt   7-6-21-79
238Canisius         MAAC   3-37-16
239VMISouthern   6-5-1357
240Loyola MarylandPatriot   0-0-3022
241Citadel          Southern   8-04477
242Illinois State     Missouri Valley   4-6-2-61
243TowsonCAA   1-4-22-70
244Morehead State     OVC   7-62461
245ElonCAA   3-323
246Norfolk State      MEAC   5-4-11-1
247Massachusetts LowellAEC   4-81138
248Northern ColoradoBig Sky   5-6-30-109
249Bellarmine       ASUN   3-51784
250Central Arkansas    Southland   3-8443
251Youngstown State   Horizon   7-5-26-34
252Morgan State       MEAC   5-3971
253Mt St Mary’s     NEC   2-5-5236
254Detroit          Horizon   1-7-518
255AlbanyAEC   1-519-8
256UNC Asheville    Big South   5-6-1715
257William & Mary   CAA   3-520-57
258MaristMAAC   6-4-232
259New Mexico       Mountain West   3-6-48-92
260Prairie View A&MSWAC   1-41222
261Wisconsin Green BayHorizon   3-914-34
262Boston UniversityPatriot   1-3-128-98
263Cal BaptistWAC   3-4-41-29
264High Point       Big South   3-6549
265Air Force        Mountain West   3-78-50
266St Francis PANEC   1-6-25-60
267Campbell         Big South   6-74-28
268WagnerNEC   1-4842
269Florida A&M      MEAC   2-6-245
270Southern Miss    Conference USA   5-6-15-38
271Western MichiganMAC   2-7-6-36
272New Hampshire    AEC   4-5-30-26
273Delaware         CAA   3-5-10-81
274St Francis NY    NEC   4-32429
275Merrimack        NEC   1-1-77-37
276Oakland          Horizon  3-12-24-65
277Nebraska OmahaSummit  2-12-17-78
278Stetson          ASUN   3-538
279UC San Diego     Big West   2-1-2823
280TroySun Belt   6-5-18-5
281Long Beach State   Big West   3-4-3-37
282Fordham          A10   1-315-56
283LehighPatriot   1-3-56-13
284North Florida    ASUN   3-92-68
285North Dakota     Summit  3-10-1-30
286Quinnipiac       MAAC   3-3-7-3
287Portland         WCC   6-5812
288North Alabama    ASUN   5-3-404
289Jacksonville     ASUN   9-5-2-1
290Idaho State        Big Sky   6-5621
291Bucknell         Patriot   0-4-61-89
292Portland State     Big Sky   2-50-61
293Cal State FullertonBig West   2-318-13
294Alabama A&M      SWAC   2-0-1447
295South East Missouri StateOVC   3-7-132
296Farleigh DickinsonNEC   2-6-14-36
297Louisiana MonroeSun Belt   4-7-6-31
298SIU EdwardsvilleOVC   3-4-536
299RiderMAAC   3-80-92
300Sacred Heart     NEC   3-415-33
301Texas A&M Corpus ChristiSouthland   3-640
302Dixie State        WAC   4-21244
303Tennessee State    OVC   2-60-29
304Southern University    SWAC   1-4-15-26
305Tarleton State     WAC   2-41740
306South Carolina UpstateBig South   3-9126
307Holy Cross       Patriot   2-21225
308Longwood         Big South  3-11-412
309IUPUIHorizon   1-4-9-18
310Hampton          Big South   5-814-4
311LamarSouthland   3-9-9-75
312Western IllinoisSummit   2-91723
313New Orleans      Southland   2-9183
314Arkansas State     Sun Belt   3-6-4-71
315Grambling        SWAC   3-6-9-6
316Tennessee Tech   OVC  1-12-15-12
317Manhattan        MAAC   3-4-1-52
318Jackson State      SWAC   1-5-5-21
319MaineAEC   2-542
320Northwestern LouisianaSouthland  2-12-12-26
321Central Conn     NEC   2-7-15
322North Carolina A&TMEAC   5-9-10-22
323Fairfield        MAAC  2-11-2-44
324Southeastern LouisianaSouthland   2-9-7-7
325Presbyterian     Big South   3-3123
326Cal Poly         Big West   2-64-7
327Northern Arizona Big Sky   3-8-18-54
328McNeese State      Southland   6-56-21
329HowardMEAC   1-4118
330Northern IllinoisMAC   1-9-23-153
331Tennessee MartinOVC   3-6-6-9
332Coppin State       MEAC   3-8-6-3
333Kennesaw StateASUN   3-9810
334San Jose State     Mountain West   2-8-2-36
335Houston BaptistSouthland   2-971
336Binghamton       AEC  1-10-8-6
337Charleston Southern   Big South   1-9-10-61
338Incarnate Word   Southland   4-5-20
339Arkansas Pine BluffSWAC   3-8-6-14
340IdahoBig Sky   0-9-2-16
341DenverSummit   1-8-6-33
342Alcorn State       SWAC   0-5-3-11
343Alabama State      SWAC   0-31-4
344Delaware State     MEAC   0-7-1-2
345South Carolina StateMEAC  0-130-5
346Chicago State      WAC   0-90-2
347Mississippi Valley State    SWAC   0-900

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