NBA Power Rankings: Week 23

Riding a franchise-record 18-game winning streak, the San Antonio Spurs remain ranked No. 1 in the NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of March 31.

The Spurs routed the reeling Indiana Pacers Monday night, 103-77. The Eastern Conference-leading Pacers have lost six of their last eight games and have fallen five spots in this week’s NBA Power Rankings to No. 18.

The Brooklyn Nets will try to establish a franchise record for consecutive home wins Tuesday night when they face the No. 4 Houston Rockets. Brooklyn was the week’s biggest upward mover in the NBA Power Rankings, improving four spots to No. 10.

After San Antonio, Oklahoma City, the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston, and Miami round out the top five teams in the NBA Power Rankings. Memphis, Golden State, Chicago, Dallas, and the Nets complete the top ten.

Despite ending their NBA-record-tying 26 game losing streak, the Philadelphia 76ers remained mired in the No. 30 spot in the NBA Power Rankings. The Sixers blasted Detroit 123-98 Saturday night to avoid setting the record for longest losing streak in major American professional sports.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of March 31, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1San Antonio.8720
2Oklahoma City.6121
3LA Clippers.611-1
4Houston.5060
5Miami.4621
6Memphis.3661
7Golden State.319-2
8Chicago.2690
9Dallas.2620
10Brooklyn.2534
11Phoenix.2391
12Minnesota.212-2
13Toronto.200-2
14Portland.1222
15Washington.0493
16Charlotte.018-1
17New Orleans-.0330
18Indiana-.108-5
19New York-.1640
20Atlanta-.2000
21Cleveland-.2210
22Sacramento-.2640
23Boston-.3552
24Utah-.4030
25Orlando-.4492
26Detroit-.489-3
27LA Lakers-.4981
28Denver-.509-2
29Milwaukee-.6300
30Philadelphia-1.0960

NBA Power Rankings: Week 22

The San Antonio Spurs remain red-hot, winning 15 consecutive games, and cementing their place atop the NBA Sports Power Rankings, through games of March 26.

Western Conference teams have the upper hand in the NBA Power Rankings, with teams from the West occupying the top five slots.

The top nine teams and the bottom five teams in the NBA Power Rankings remained in the same slots as the previous rankings. The Minnesota Timberwolves climbed two places to number 10; the Boston Celtics dropped two places to number 25; and the teams in spots 11 through 24 either gained or lost one spot.

Other teams of note: The Indiana Pacers remain in 13th place despite a 1-point win over the No. 6 Miami Heat Wednesday.

The No. 2 Los Angeles Clippers and the No. 9 Dallas Mavericks meet tonight in Big D in a matchup of top ten teams.

The Philadelphia 76ers, ranked last in the NBA Power Rankings, could match the NBA’s longest losing streak when they visit the ToyotaCenter to take on the No. 4 Houston Rockets Thursday. The Sixers have droppped 25 games in a row.

Two more of the worst teams in the NBA square off tonight in Milwaukee, where the No. 28 Los Angeles Lakers meet the No. 29 Milwaukee Bucks.

No. 15 Portland could receive a much-needed boost if All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldrige returns to the lineup tonight after missing seven games with a back injury. The Blazers visit No. 20 Atlanta.

Here are the complete NBA power Rankings, through games of March 26, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1San Antonio.6900
2LA Clippers.5810
3Oklahoma City.5430
4Houston.4440
5Golden State.4410
6Miami.3850
7Memphis.3570
8Chicago.3080
9Dallas.2760
10Minnesota.2752
11Toronto.262-1
12Phoenix.240-1
13Indiana.1671
14Brooklyn.133-1
15Charlotte.0831
16Portland.060-1
17New Orleans-.0141
18Washington-.034-1
19New York-.1171
20Atlanta-.222-1
21Cleveland-.2531
22Sacramento-.268-1
23Detroit-.3281
24Utah-.3541
25Boston-.375-2
26Denver-.4310
27Orlando-.5220
28LA Lakers-.5450
29Milwaukee-.5860
30Philadelphia-1.1900

 

 

Final 2013-14 NFL Power Rankings

Despite walloping the Denver Broncos by 35 points in the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks managed to improve to just the second spot in the final 2013 NFL Sports Power Rankings, one spot behind the Broncos.

Seattle finished with a rating of .807, compared to the Broncos’ final rating of .864. The ratings indicate the strength of each club relative to the average team. With a rating of 1.000 equal to 14.487 points, Denver would be projected to defeat the average team by 12.5 points, while Seattle would be favored by 11.7 points against the same average team.

The Seahawks moved up from the number four spot in the NFL Power Rankings prior to the Super Bowl. Denver remained in the top spot in the NFL Power Rankings through the final six weeks of the regular season and throughout the NFL playoffs.

Both clubs had just two unavenged losses this season. The Broncos lost to Indianapolis on October 20 and to the Seahawks in the Super Bowl. Seattle’s two unavenged losses were to Indianapolis and Arizona, the latter defeat coming in week 16.

Here are the complete final NFL Power Rankings for the 2013 NFL season:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8640
2Seattle.8072
3San Francisco.725-1
4New Orleans.713-1
5Kansas City.5890
6Cincinnati.5100
7Carolina.4771
8New England.472-1
9Arizona.4500
10Philadelphia.2920
11San Diego.2320
12Indianapolis.0200
13Tennessee.0190
14Detroit-.0170
15St. Louis-.0260
16Miami-.1120
17Pittsburgh-.1510
18Tampa Bay-.1600
19Chicago-.1821
20Dallas-.203-1
21Green Bay-.2550
22Baltimore-.3120
23NY Giants-.3430
24Atlanta-.3471
25Minnesota-.3541
26Buffalo-.356-2
27NY Jets-.5520
28Cleveland-.5930
29Washington-.6190
30Houston-.6250
31Oakland-.7100
32Jacksonville-.9450

Broncos Remain No. 1 in NFL Power Rankings Heading to Super Bowl

The Denver Broncos are projected to win Super Bowl XLVIII by six points, according to the latest NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The Broncos, who have held the No. 1 spot in the NFL Power Rankings since week 12, defeated the New England Patriots 26-16 in the AFC Championship to reach the Super Bowl for the seventh time.

The Broncos will meet the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, who will enter the Super Bowl ranked fourth in the NFL Power Rankings. The Seahawks scored 13 unanswered points to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 in the NFC Championship.

In this week’s NFL Power Rankings, a rating of 1.000 = 14.355 points. With the top-ranked Broncos at 1.074 and the Seahawks rated at .637, a difference of .437; and the game to be played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, a neutral field; the Broncos are projected to defeat the Seahawks by 6.275 points (.437 x 14.355).

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, through the conference championship games:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver1.0740
2San Francisco.7200
3New Orleans.7070
4Seattle.6371
5Kansas City.613-1
6Cincinnati.5101
7New England.489-1
8Carolina.4720
9Arizona.4520
10Philadelphia.2680
11San Diego.2550
12Indianapolis.0660
13Tennessee.0050
14Detroit-.0170
15St. Louis-.0380
16Miami-.1120
17Pittsburgh-.1510
18Tampa Bay-.1630
19Dallas-.1720
20Chicago-.1820
21Green Bay-.2550
22Baltimore-.3180
23NY Giants-.3551
24Buffalo-.3561
25Atlanta-.361-2
26Minnesota-.3670
27NY Jets-.5520
28Cleveland-.5930
29Washington-.6290
30Houston-.6390
31Oakland-.7120
32Jacksonville-.9560

NFL Power Rankings: Conference Championship Week

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers remain on target as the projected Super Bowl opponents, according to the NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The No. 1 ranked Broncos will face No. 6 New England in the AFC Championship game Sunday in Denver. The Broncos advanced to the AFC championship for the first time in eight seasons with a seven-point win over No. 11 San Diego in the divisional playoffs.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning, who set NFL records for touchdown passes and passing yards during the regular season, is 4-10 against New England quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots, including 0-2 with Denver. The quarterbacks split a pair of AFC title games when Manning was the Indianapolis quarterback.

The Patriots moved up two places in the NFL Power Rankings and gained their third straight spot in the AFC title game with a 43-22 victory over the No. 12 Indianapolis Colts in the divisional playoffs, as LeGarrette Blount rushed for 166 yards and a franchise-record four touchdowns.

Colin Kaepernick threw one touchdown pass and ran for another score and the No. 2 49ers advanced to their third consecutive NFC Championship Game with a 23-10 victory over the No. 8 Carolina Panthers in the divisional playoffs. The 49ers will face the No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at rowdy CenturyLink Field in Seattle next Sunday for a chance to play in their second straight Super Bowl.

The Seahawks, the NFC’s No. 1 seed, moved within one game of a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII after holding off the No. 3 New Orleans Saints with a 23-15 decision in an NFC Divisional Playoff at a stormy and soggy CenturyLink Field, where the Seahawks have gone an intimidating 16-1 in Russell Wilson’s two years as the starting quarterback.

Despite the 8-point result, New Orleans and Seattle switched places in this week’s NFL Power Rankings because the Seahawks had blasted the Saints by 27 points in their previous meeting on December 2. The closer result in the playoff game resulted in a downgrade in Seattle’s ratings and an upgrade in New Orleans’s.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, through games of January 12, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.9950
2San Francisco.7750
3New Orleans.7192
4Kansas City.6130
5Seattle.599-2
6New England.5732
7Cincinnati.5200
8Carolina.486-2
9Arizona.4550
10Philadelphia.2731
11San Diego.255-1
12Indianapolis.0700
13Tennessee.0140
14Detroit-.0171
15St. Louis-.031-1
16Miami-.1030
17Pittsburgh-.1481
18Tampa Bay-.155-1
19Dallas-.1720
20Chicago-.1820
21Green Bay-.2510
22Baltimore-.3150
23Atlanta-.3471
24NY Giants-.349-1
25Buffalo-.3510
26Minnesota-.3640
27NY Jets-.5430
28Cleveland-.5850
29Washington-.6210
30Houston-.6230
31Oakland-.7100
32Jacksonville-.9460

NFL Power Rankings: Divisional Playoffs Week

The Denver Broncos remain rated No. 1 in the NFL Sports Power Rankings, as the NFL playoffs reach the divisional round.

The Broncos will face No. 10 San Diego Chargers with a berth in the AFC championship game on the line Sunday in Denver. San Diego defeated the heavily favored Broncos in Denver on December 12.

The other AFC divisional playoff matchup feature’s one of the NFL’s best rivalries, No. 8 New England hosting No. 12 Indianapolis, the teams fourth post-season meeting in the last 11 years.

In the NFC, No. 2 San Francisco travels to No. 6 Carolina. The Panthers have won four straight and eight of their last 10 games against the 49ers, the defending NFC champions.

No. 3 Seattle hosts No. 5 New Orleans in the other NFC divisional playoff game. The Seahawks whipped the Saints 34-7 on December 2.

Here are the complete NFL Power Rankings, througfh games of January 5, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8890
2San Francisco.7180
3Seattle.7150
4Kansas City.6253
5New Orleans.6030
6Carolina.5560
7Cincinnati.528-3
8New England.5250
9Arizona.4750
10San Diego.3592
11Philadelphia.286-1
12Indianapolis.166-1
13Tennessee.0280
14St. Louis-.0101
15Detroit-.017-1
16Miami-.0840
17Tampa Bay-.1541
18Pittsburgh-.156-1
19Dallas-.1621
20Chicago-.177-1
21Green Bay-.2530
22Baltimore-.3210
23NY Giants-.3362
24Atlanta-.3390
25Buffalo-.346-2
26Minnesota-.3570
27NY Jets-.5370
28Cleveland-.5900
29Washington-.6120
30Houston-.6140
31Oakland-.6960
32Jacksonville-.9280

NBA Power Rankings: Week 11

Oklahoma City is the top team in the NBA Sports Power Rankings for the sixth consecutive week.

The Thunder’s rating dropped .155, leaving Oklahoma City .049 ahead of surging Golden State, which has ridden a 10-game winning streak, the Warriors’ longest in 38 years, to the No. 2 slot. The Warriors moved ahead of No. 3 San Antonio.

Indiana, which has won eight of its last nine games, remains at No. 4 in the NBA Power Rankings.

No new teams entered the top 13 this week, although there was a bit of shuffling in spots five through 12. Miami, Minnesota, Portland, and the Los Angeles Clippers are ranked five through eight, in that order, with the Heat and Timberwolves each moving up two slots and the Trailblazers and Clippers each moving down two places.

Phoenix and Houston round out the top ten. Toronto and Atlanta switched places at Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, with Dallas remaining at No. 13.

The next three teams in the NBA Power Rankings are three of the biggest upward movers this week. Denver improved five places to No. 14; New York vaulted nine slots to No. 15; and Chicago leapt seven spots to No. 16.

Boston, which has lost five games in a row and eight of their last nine, plummeted 11 places to No. 27.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of January 7, 2013:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.7600
2Golden State.7111
3San Antonio.704-1
4Indiana.6010
5Miami.4212
6Minnesota.4042
7Portland.397-2
8LA Clippers.347-2
9Phoenix.3080
10Houston.2120
11Toronto.1391
12Atlanta.124-1
13Dallas.0580
14Denver.0205
15New York-.1159
16Chicago-.1407
17New Orleans-.169-3
18Washington-.187-3
19Sacramento-.194-1
20Memphis-.2341
21Cleveland-.3104
22Orlando-.325-5
23Detroit-.345-3
24Utah-.3473
25LA Lakers-.3471
26Charlotte-.392-4
27Boston-.399-11
28Brooklyn-.4470
29Philadelphia-.5330
30Milwaukee-.7380

NCAA Football Power Rankings: Final 2013

The Florida State Seminoles finished atop the NCAA Football Sports Power Rankings after edging the Auburn Tigers for the BCS National Championship.

Florida State beat No. 5 Auburn 34-31 Monday night at the Rose Bowl to snap the SEC’s streak of seven consecutive national championships.

Baylor, despite losing 52-42 to No. 23 UCF in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, ended the season at No. 2 in the NCAA Football Power Rankings. The Bears leapfrogged No. 3 Alabama, which dropped a 45-31 decision to No. 19 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Ohio State remained at No. 4 and was followed by the Tigers, who climbed two spots in the NCAA Football Power Rankings despite their loss in the title game.

Oregon, Stanford, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Louisville completed the top 10. No. 9 Wisconsin fell four slots after falling by 10 points to No. 21 South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.

Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Clemson, UCLA, Washington, Utah State, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, and Michigan State finished 11-20 in that order.

Rounding out the top 25 teams in the final NCAA Football Sports Power Rankings were South Carolina, Georgia, UCF, USC, and Bowling Green.

USC, which climbed 10 spots to No. 24 after a 45-20 dismantling of No. 46 Fresno State in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, and UCLA, which improved seven places to No. 14 with a 42-12 romp over No. 50 Virginia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, made the biggest upward moves among the top 25 teams.

Here are the complete and final 2013 NCAA College Football Power Rankings, through games of January 6, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Florida State1.7040
2Baylor1.2601
3Alabama1.250-1
4Ohio State1.0830
5Auburn1.0452
6Oregon1.0220
7Stanford.9691
8Missouri.9493
9Wisconsin.920-4
10Louisville.9170
11Arizona State.852-2
12Oklahoma State.8280
13Clemson.8280
14UCLA.7917
15Washington.7874
16Utah State.7581
17LSU.750-2
18Texas A&M.749-4
19Oklahoma.7305
20Michigan State.7250
21South Carolina.714-3
22Georgia.6281
23UCF.6216
24USC.60910
25Bowling Green.609-3
26Houston.608-10
27Marshall.5650
28Iowa.550-3
29East Carolina.5401
30Georgia Tech.524-4
31North Carolina.5037
32Brigham Young.486-4
33Kansas State.4799
34North Texas.4713
35Notre Dame.4691
36Mississippi State.45710
37Arizona.45210
38Miami (FL).443-6
39Michigan.438-6
40Ole Miss.4343
41Boise State.432-10
42Northern Illinois.420-1
43Texas.416-4
44Duke.409-4
45Navy.3744
46Fresno State.373-11
47Ball State.351-2
48Utah.3410
49Texas Tech.3163
50Virginia Tech.301-6
51Pittsburgh.2960
52Nebraska.2405
53Oregon State.2188
54Vanderbilt.19611
55Penn State.1961
56Cincinnati.189-3
57Minnesota.179-2
58Rice.176-8
59Indiana.176-1
60Toledo.1420
61Florida.140-2
62Tulane.1092
63TCU.101-1
64Western Kentucky.1012
65Buffalo.090-11
66Maryland.0762
67Florida Atlantic.0580
68South Alabama.0533
69UTSA.0510
70Tennessee.0460
71Syracuse.0233
72Louisiana-Lafayette.0233
73Washington State.0200
74Boston College.015-11
75Colorado State.015-3
76Ohio-.0251
77Middle Tennessee-.047-1
78Arkansas State-.0653
79Northwestern-.092-1
80San Jose State-.126-1
81North Carolina State-.157-1
82Wake Forest-.1730
83Nevada-.1960
84West Virginia-.2200
85Troy-.2262
86UNLV-.2350
87Rutgers-.263-2
88San Diego State-.2684
89Memphis-.2820
90Illinois-.289-2
91Temple-.341-1
92Louisiana-Monroe-.351-1
93Arkansas-.3692
94Tulsa-.394-1
95Kent State-.400-1
96Southern Methodist-.4000
97Kentucky-.4122
98Akron-.4400
99Virginia-.447-2
100Iowa State-.4480
101Wyoming-.4761
102Connecticut-.488-1
103Texas State-.5070
104Hawaii-.5191
105South Florida-.552-1
106Colorado-.5600
107New Mexico-.6050
108Kansas-.6440
109Central Michigan-.7120
110Army-.7250
111Old Dominion-.7831
112Purdue-.788-1
113Air Force-.8290
114California-.8760
115Louisiana Tech-.9001
116UAB-.916-1
117Western Michigan-1.0480
118UTEP-1.0760
119Idaho-1.1201
120Massachusetts-1.121-1
121Southern Miss-1.1490
122Miami (OH)-1.1840
123Georgia State-1.2571
124Eastern Michigan-1.281-1
125non-FBS team-1.3160
126New Mexico State-1.3271
127Florida International-1.349-1

 

 

 

NFL Power Rankings: Final Regular Season

The Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers are projected to reach the Super Bowl, accoring to the final regular-season NFL Sports Power Rankings.

The No. 1 Broncos won four of their final five games to clinch the number one seed and home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. The Broncos will play either No. 12 San Diego or the winner of the No. 7 Kansas City vs. No. 11 Indianapolis game in the divisional playoffs next weekend.

The No. 2 49ers, the fifth seed in the NFC playoffs, will meet the No. 23 Green Bay Packers at frigid Lambeau Field in Green Bay Sunday.

Other projected winners in thie weekend’s wild card playoff games include No. 5 New Orleans over No. 10 Philadelphia, and No. 4 Cincinnati over the Chargers.

Here are the complete NFL Sports Power Rankings, through week 17 of the 2013 NFL regular season:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Denver.8810
2San Francisco.7410
3Seattle.7141
4Cincinnati.7131
5New Orleans.6252
6Carolina.556-3
7Kansas City.552-1
8New England.5330
9Arizona.4770
10Philadelphia.2792
11Indianapolis.245-1
12San Diego.238-1
13Tennessee.0304
14Detroit-.0101
15St. Louis-.013-1
16Miami-.075-3
17Pittsburgh-.1423
18Tampa Bay-.144-2
19Chicago-.156-1
20Dallas-.161-1
21Green Bay-.2552
22Baltimore-.315-1
23Buffalo-.330-1
24Atlanta-.3352
25NY Giants-.345-1
26Minnesota-.356-1
27NY Jets-.5414
28Cleveland-.5801
29Washington-.601-1
30Houston-.609-3
31Oakland-.695-1
32Jacksonville-.9260

NBA Power Rankings: Week 10

Despite losing two of their last three games at home, the Oklahoma City Thunder remain the top team in the NBA Sports Power Rankings as the 2013-14 season enters its third month.

The Thunder had a three-game winning streak erased on Tuesday night when the Portland Trail Blazers came to Oklahoma City and left with a 98-94 victory. It was only the Thunder’s second home loss of the season.

The San Antonio Spurs remain the No. 2 club in the NBA Power Rankings. The Spurs have won three straight, highlighted by Tuesday’s 113-92 drubbing of the Brooklyn Nets in San Antonio.

The Golden State Warriors were one of the biggest upward movers in this week’s NBA Power Rankings, leaping four spots to No. 3. The red-hot Warriors have won six straight games.

New Orleans also improved four spots to No. 14.

Miami took the biggest fall among the top ten teams, dropping three places to No. 7, despite going 3-1 on a west-coast swing.

Denver, Detroit, and New York each dropped five spots in the NBA Power Rankings, to No. 19, No. 20, and No. 24, respectively.

Here are the complete NBA Power Rankings, through games of January 1, 2014:

RANKTEAMRATINGCHANGE
1Oklahoma City.9150
2San Antonio.7010
3Golden State.6514
4Indiana.534-1
5Portland.4930
6LA Clippers.3910
7Miami.383-3
8Minnesota.3053
9Phoenix.284-1
10Houston.2200
11Atlanta.202-2
12Toronto.1770
13Dallas.1370
14New Orleans-.0874
15Washington-.1802
16Boston-.1850
17Orlando-.1983
18Sacramento-.2063
19Denver-.227-5
20Detroit-.228-5
21Memphis-.2333
22Charlotte-.2760
23Chicago-.2842
24New York-.359-5
25Cleveland-.3612
26LA Lakers-.386-3
27Utah-.449-1
28Brooklyn-.5890
29Philadelphia-.5921
30Milwaukee-.654-1