The rankings below are the current top 25 teams in NCAA Division-I college basketball according to Ken Pomeroy. Who exactly is Ken Pomeroy and what does he do? Read on below to find out as I explain exactly what makes his website one of the most essential tools for evaluating college basketball programs.
- Gonzaga (26-0) | AdjEM: +34.43
- Virginia (18-6) | AdjEM: +30.50
- Villanova (25-2) | AdjEM: +29.43
- West Virginia (20-6) | AdjEM: +28.88
- Louisville (21-5) |AdjEM: +28.56
- Florida (20-5) | AdjEM: +27.54
- Kentucky (20-5) | AdjEM: +26.73
- Baylor (22-4) | AdjEM: +26.29
- Kansas (23-3) | AdjEM: +25.99
- North Carolina (21-5) | AdjEM: +25.36
- Purdue (20-5) | AdjEM: +25.28
- SMU (22-4) | AdjEM: +24.34
- Florida St. (21-5) | AdjEM: +23.88
- Duke (20-5) | AdjEM: +23.73
- Wisconsin (21-4) | AdjEM: +23.72
- Wichita St. (23-4) | AdjEM: +23.59
- Oregon (22-4) | AdjEM: +22.86
- UCLA (23-3) | AdjEM: +22.51
- St. Mary’s (22-3) | AdjEM: +22.34
- Oklahoma St. (16-9) | AdjEM: +21.85
- Creighton (21-4) | AdjEM: +21.54
- Cincinnati (22-3) | AdjEM: +21.6
- Arizona (23-3) | AdjEM: +21.41
- Notre Dame (19-7) | AdjEM: +20.52
- Butler (19-6) | AdjEM: +20.23
These rankings are determined using Pomeroy’s Adjusted Efficiency Margin (AdjEM), which calculates the number of points a team would be expected to outscore the average Division-I team over 100 possessions without adjusting for location of the game. It is widely considered to be the most accurate way of determining just how good a particular team is.
The architect of this metric, Ken Pomeroy, is the creator of a popular college basketball website and statistical archive known as kenpom.com. His website includes his patented College Basketball Ratings, tempo-free statistics for every NCAA men’s Division-I basketball team (with archives dating back to the 2002 season), as well as a blog about the current college game. Pomeroy has written articles for The New York Times, ESPN.com, and Sports Illustrated.
Pomeroy’s website has helped explain basketball on a possession by possession level like never before. Along with maintaining and calculating a variety of statistics, the site also maintains data on non-numeric factors such as offensive and defensive style of play.
Throughout the season, Pomeroy continually updates his “KenPom” ratings for all 351 Division-I men’s basketball programs using metrics such as offensive and defensive efficiency, tempo and pace of play. Although his site was more of a personal venture at its genesis, Pomeroy’s research is now used by the majority of college basketball teams in an attempt to gain a competitive advantage.