MWC continues to climb in power rankings

The Big Ten remains at the top of ESPN Stats and Info’s weekly college basketball power rankings, but the Mountain West has continued to move closer to the ACC and the top five.

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The computers have continued to rate the Big Ten highly, as their ranking increased from 56.0 to 49.7 this week. The conference now has three teams in the top eight in the nation, with Ohio State, Michigan State and Indiana continuing to win during Big Ten play.

The Mountain West Conference has consistently increased its final rating throughout the season, and is at a season high 78.4 this week, now just two points behind the ACC. The MWC has two teams ranked in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls for the second straight week, and UNLV jumped five spots in both polls this week from 17 to 12.

The conference has performed very well in out-of-conference games this season, posting a .765 winning percentage, the fourth-highest of any conference. The Mountain West ranks above the ACC, SEC and Pac-12 in out-of-conference winning percentage, and had its most success against the Pac-12, winning 11 of 14 games.

The highest human bonus went to the Big 12 this week. Although Missouri lost to Kansas State last Saturday, the Wildcats capitalized on that win to move up from 22 to 18 in both polls, and Kansas joined Mizzou and Baylor in the top 10.

While the Big East was previously at the top of the human bonus, it has faltered lately and is now the fourth-rated conference according to the human polls. Syracuse is still controlling the top of both polls, but Connecticut, Louisville and Georgetown struggled last week, all falling out of the top 10.

The Pac-12 dropped to a season-low ninth in the power rankings this week, and is now sitting behind three mid-major conference teams.

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