CBB Future Rankings: Methodology

To generate the top 25 rankings for the College Basketball Future Power Rankings, we had our panel of experts – Andy Katz, Jeff Goodman, John Gasaway, Paul Biancardi, Jay Bilas and Eamonn Brennan -- rate the upper echelon teams in college basketball from 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being elite and 5 being average) in five different categories: Coaching, Current Talent, Recruiting, Program Power and Stability.

The purpose of the voting was to produce a ranking of the teams that will have the most success over the next three seasons.

Here are the criteria for each category and the value of each category as it pertains to the overall rankings:

1. Coaching
This category covers all aspects of a team's coaching staff for the next three seasons, with the exclusion of recruiting, which has its own section.
Value: 25 percent

2. Current Talent
This section consists not only of returning players, but also transfers and incoming freshmen for the 2014 class already in the program.
Value: 25 percent

3. Recruiting
There are two components to this section: players already committed and targeted for the 2014 and 2015 classes, and the school's general recruiting trajectory and momentum.
Value: 25 percent

4. Program Power
This section takes into account factors like program history, fan and school support, resources, facilities, recent and historical success and any other intangible factors (e.g., NCAA sanctions) that affect a team's outlook for the next three seasons.
Value: 15 percent

5. Stability
This category takes into the possibility of turnover on each team's roster and coaching staff, and rewards teams with stronger continuity.
Value: 10 percent

We then averaged each panelist's votes together to give every team a single score in each category, and weighted them based on importance. The weighted category averages were then added up and represented on a 100-point scale to create the final team score. It was based on those scores that we produced our top 25 ranking.