2021 Final Conference Rankings will be posted January 1st, 2022! Please click on the conference name to view current conference standings (conferences are in numerical order based on their national end-of-season ranking from the previous year):

1.ACC 2.Pac 12 3. Big Ten 4.SEC 5.Big East 6.West Coast 7.Big 12 8.Conference USA 9.Mountain West 10.Atlantic 10 11.Southland 12.MAC 13.Ivy 14.WAC 15.Sun Belt 16.Big West 17.CAA 17.Southern 18.Missouri Valley 19.Horizon 19.Atlantic Sun 19.Patriot 20.Big South 21.MAAC 22.America East 23.Northeast 24.Ohio Valley 25.Big Sky 26.Summit 27.Great West 28.SWAC

The following is a national ranking of all conferences & an in depth analysis of the previous year.

Statistics: Definition of symbols (click on the capitalized conference name for season-long performance review)

  • ` overall winning record
  • $ won the regular season
  • ^ won the conference tournament
  • * advanced to the NCAA Tournament
  • *2 advanced to the second round
  • *3 advanced to the third round
  • *4 advanced to the fourth round
  • *5 advanced to the Final Four
  • *6 advanced to the Final
  • # won the NCAA Championship
  • N national academic rank (2016)
  • R regional academic rank (2016)

Academic Rank: The academic rank is drawn from US News & World Report Best Colleges 2016 (N = national rank; NLA = national rank for liberal arts colleges; R = regional rank).

Conference Rank: The conferences are listed in order starting with the best conference in the country:

0. Big West(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. UC Irvine ' 5-1-3 9-8-4 N: 45
2. Long Beach State ' * 5-4-0 12-8-0 R (West): 28
3. Hawaii 3-5-1 8-9-3 N: 156
3. UC Davis 3-5-1 8-9-2 N: 38
5. UC Riverside 2-6-1 7-10-3 N: 97
5. UC Santa Barbara 2-6-1 5-12-2 N: 42
7. Pacific 0-8-1 3-14-1 N: 101
8. Cal State Fullerton 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
8. Cal State Northridge 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
8. Cal Poly 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Colonial Athletic Association (0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Drexel ' 7-2-1 13-3-3 N: 88
2. UNC Wilmington ' 7-3-0 12-7-3 R (South): 1
2. Northeastern 7-3-0 10-9-1 N: 62
4. Hofstra ' ^ * 6-4-0 11-9-2 N: 128
4. Delaware ' 6-4-0 9-8-1 N: 75
6. James Madison 5-5-0 7-11-0 R (South): 6
7. George Mason 3-6-1 7-11-1 N: 138
8. Old Dominion 2-8-0 4-14-0 n/a
9. Georgia State 1-8-1 4-11-2 n/a
9. Towson 1-8-1 1-15-2 R (North): 49
11. William & Mary 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Big 12(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. West Virginia ' $ * 7-0-1 11-5-4 N: 165
2. Texas Tech ' * 2 5-2-1 16-6-1 N: 160
3. Texas 4-4-0 8-10-2 N: 45
4. Oklahoma 3-3-2 7-9-4 N: 101
5. Kansas ' 3-5-0 10-7-2 N: 101
6. Oklahoma State ' 1-4-3 11-6-3 N: 132
7. TCU 1-5-2 7-10-4 N: 92
8. Iowa State 1-7-0 10-10-0 N: 97
9. Baylor 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Mid-American(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
East
1. Miami (Ohio) ' $ ^ * 2 10-0-1 20-3-1 N: 90
2. Kent State ' 7-3-1 13-5-2 N: 194
3. Ohio 3-6-1 8-10-1 N: 124
4. Buffalo 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
4. Akron 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
4. Bowling Green 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
West
1. Eastern Michigan ' 8-3-0 11-6-2 R (MidWest): 81
2. Toledo 5-5-1 7-12-2 n/a
3. Northern Illinois 4-5-2 8-9-2 N: 194
4. Western Michigan 1-5-4 5-9-4 N: 181
5. Central Michigan 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
5. Ball State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Northeast(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Saint Francis ' $ 10-0-0 14-5-2 R (North): 46
2. Monmouth ' 7-2-1 10-7-2 NLA: 162
3. LIU Brooklyn ' ^ * 6-1-3 10-8-3 R (North): 110
4. Sacred Heart 6-3-1 9-9-1 R (North): 41
5. Quinnipiac ' 5-4-1 9-6-2 R (North): 11
6. Mount St. Mary's 2-7-1 7-11-1 R (North): 23
6. Robert Morris 2-7-1 2-16-2 n/a
8. Fairleigh Dickinson 2-8-0 5-11-3 R (North): 81
8. Wagner 2-8-0 5-14-0 R (North): 21
10. Bryant 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Central Connecticut 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Ivy League(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Princeton ' $ * 2 7-0-0 14-4-1 N: 1
2. Dartmouth ' 6-1-0 13-4-0 N: 11
3. Penn ' 5-2-0 9-9-1 N: 5
4. Harvard ' 3-3-1 9-5-3 N: 1
5. Columbia 2-4-1 6-9-1 N: 4
6. Cornell 0-6-1 1-14-1 N: 15
7. Yale 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
7. Brown 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. West Coast(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Portland ' * 2 5-1-2 11-5-5 R (West): 9
2. Pepperdine ' * 5-3-0 14-7-0 N: 55
3. Santa Clara ' * 2 4-1-3 12-3-6 R (West): 2
4. San Diego 4-4-0 8-11-0 N: 97
5. Loyola Marymount ' 3-5-0 9-8-2 R (West): 4
6. San Francisco 2-5-1 7-7-5 N: 119
7. Gonzaga 1-6-1 8-11-1 R (West): 3
8. Saint Mary's 1-7-0 6-12-2 R (West): 12
9. BYU 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Southern(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. UNC Greensboro ' $ 9-1-1 12-7-1 N: 190
2. Samford ' 8-1-2 11-7-2 R (South): 4
3. Furman ' 7-2-2 16-3-3 NLA: 42
4. Elon 4-3-4 7-9-6 R (South): 2
5. Davidson 5-5-1 7-10-3 NLA: 11
5. Col. of Charleston 5-5-1 7-12-1 R (South): 11
7. Georgia Southern ' ^ * 4-6-1 10-8-5 n/a
8. Western Carolina 3-6-2 7-10-2 R (South): 32
9. The Citadel 3-7-1 5-12-1 R (South): 5
10. Chattanooga 1-10-0 3-13-1 R (South): 51
11. Appalachian State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
11. Wofford 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Horizon League(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Milwaukee $ ^ * 5-2-0 8-9-1 n/a
1. Detroit ' $ 5-2-0 9-7-1 R (MidWest): 23
3. Valparaiso ' 3-2-2 10-6-3 R (MidWest): 4
4. Loyola 2-3-2 8-9-3 N: 119
5. Green Bay 2-4-1 5-11-1 R (MidWest): 78
6. Cleveland State 2-5-0 6-11-0 n/a
7. Youngstown State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
7. Wright State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Atlantic 10(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. La Salle ' $ ^ * 8-0-1 17-5-1 R (North): 41
2. Dayton ' 7-1-1 14-4-1 N: 101
3. VCU ' 6-2-1 12-5-4 N: 170
4. St. Bonaventure 5-4-0 8-11-1 R (North): 32
5. Saint Joseph's ' 4-2-3 9-7-4 R (North): 8
6. Charlotte ' 4-4-1 10-8-2 N: 194
6. Massachusetts 4-4-1 9-10-1 N: 94
6. Richmond 4-4-1 8-9-1 NLA: 127
9. Rhode Island ' 4-5-0 10-8-1 R (North): 122
9. Fordham 4-5-0 8-11-0 N: 53
11. Saint Louis 3-4-2 5-9-4 N: 90
12. Duquesne 2-6-1 6-11-2 N: 119
12. Temple 2-6-1 5-12-3 N: 132
14. George Washington 1-8-0 5-12-1 N: 50
15. Butler 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
15. Xavier 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Big South(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. High Point ' $ 8-1-2 10-6-6 R (South): 3
2. Radford ' ^ * 7-0-4 14-3-4 R (South): 43
3. Longwood ' 8-2-1 13-6-2 R (South): 33
4. Coastal Carolina ' 7-4-0 10-9-0 R (South): 59
5. Liberty ' 5-4-2 11-7-3 R (South): 43
6. Charleston Southern 5-6-0 7-11-1 R (South): 89
7. UNC Asheville 3-8-0 5-14-0 NLA: 165
7. Presbyterian 3-8-0 3-15-0 NLA: 121
9. Gardner-Webb 2-8-1 3-14-2 R (South): 47
10. Winthrop 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Campbell 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
12. VMI 0-11-0 1-16-0 NLA: 71

0. Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Marist ' $ 8-1-0 15-7-0 R (North): 13
1. Fairfield ' $ 8-1-0 11-6-2 R (North): 2
3. Loyola ' ^ * 6-2-1 12-6-4 R (North): 3
4. Rider ' 5-3-1 10-4-3 R (North): 21
4. Iona 5-3-1 7-9-3 R (North): 30
6. Niagara 3-5-1 8-9-1 R (North): 68
7. Siena 2-6-1 6-11-1 NLA: 112
8. Manhattan 2-7-0 5-12-0 R (North): 15
9. Saint Peter's 1-8-0 2-17-0 R (North): 104
10. Canisius 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Atlantic Sun(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. FGCU ' $ ^ * 7-1-1 14-4-3 R (South): 75
2. Mercer ' 6-1-2 13-5-3 R (South): 9
3. Kennesaw State ' 6-2-1 10-8-1 R (South): 61
4. ETSU ' 6-3-0 12-6-0 n/a
5. Jacksonville ' 5-2-2 9-7-3 R (South): 46
6. North Florida 5-3-1 8-10-2 R (South): 48
7. Northern Kentucky 3-6-0 6-11-0 R (South): 67
8. Stetson 1-7-1 3-13-1 R (South): 3
9. USC Upstate 1-8-0 3-15-0 R (South): 33
10. Lipscomb 0-7-2 2-11-4 R (South): 19

0. Patriot League(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Navy ' $ 6-0-1 19-2-1 NLA: 14
2. Colgate ' ^ * 4-1-2 11-6-4 NLA: 21
3. Lehigh 3-4-0 5-13-0 N: 38
4. Holy Cross 2-5-0 6-11-1 NLA: 29
5. Lafayette 1-6-0 4-12-2 NLA: 40
6. American 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
6. Army 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
6. Bucknell 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Summit League(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Oakland ' $ ^ * 2 6-2-0 11-6-2 n/a
2. Fort Wayne ' 5-2-1 10-8-1 n/a
3. Western Illinois ' 5-3-0 13-6-0 R (MidWest): 53
3. North Dakota State 5-3-0 8-10-0 N: 181
5. South Dakota State 4-3-1 6-9-2 N: 194
6. Kansas City 3-4-1 5-9-4 N: 179
7. Omaha 3-5-0 3-15-0 n/a
8. IUPUI 1-5-2 3-14-2 n/a
9. South Dakota 1-6-1 2-13-3 N: 194

0. America East(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Hartford ' 6-2-0 11-5-3 R (North): 82
2. Maine 3-3-2 7-7-3 N: 152
3. Stony Brook ' ^ * 3-4-1 12-7-3 N: 111
3. New Hampshire 3-4-1 5-12-2 N: 101
3. Vermont 3-4-1 4-13-2 N: 82
6. UMBC 0-5-3 1-11-5 N: 157
7. Boston University 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
7. Albany 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
7. Binghamton 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Missouri Valley(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Evansville $ 4-1-1 5-8-3 R (MidWest): 9
2. Illinois State ' ^ * 4-2-0 13-4-2 N: 160
3. Drake ' 3-1-2 12-5-3 R (MidWest): 3
4. Northern Iowa 3-2-1 8-9-2 R (MidWest): 16
5. Indiana State 2-3-1 8-10-3 n/a
5. Missouri State 2-3-1 8-8-2 R (MidWest): 53
7. Creighton 0-6-0 3-13-3 R (MidWest): 1

0. Pacific 12(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Stanford ' $ * 5 11-0-0 21-2-1 N: 5
2. UCLA ' * 4 8-2-1 18-3-2 N: 25
3. Washington St. ' * 6-4-1 12-6-2 N: 115
4. Oregon St. ' 3-5-3 11-6-3 N: 138
5. Washington ' * 3-6-2 10-8-3 N: 42
5. USC 3-6-2 6-10-3 N: 23
7. Utah 3-7-1 8-8-3 N: 124
7. Oregon 3-7-1 8-10-2 N: 101
9. Colorado 2-7-2 8-8-4 NLA: 27
10. California 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Arizona St. 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Arizona 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. South Eastern Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
Eastern
1. Florida ' $ ^ * 3 11-2-0 19-5-1 N: 58
2. Tennessee ' * 9-3-1 14-5-3 N: 101
3. Kentucky ' * 2 8-4-1 14-6-1 N: 124
4. Missouri ' * 8-5-0 14-7-1 N: 97
5. South Carolina 3-7-3 7-10-4 N: 111
6. Georgia 3-8-2 7-11-2 R (South): 36
7. Vanderbilt 2-7-4 5-10-5 N: 17
Western
1. Texas A&M ' $ * 3 10-2-1 19-5-1 n/a
2. LSU ' 5-6-2 9-9-4 N: 128
3. Ole Miss ' 5-8-0 13-9-0 N: 143
4. Auburn 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
4. Arkansas 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Big Ten(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Penn State ' $ * 6 10-0-1 21-4-2 N: 45
2. Ohio State ' ^ * 8-2-1 16-4-2 N: 55
3. Michigan ' * 3 7-2-2 16-5-3 N: 28
4. Minnesota ' 6-4-1 11-7-2 N: 68
4. Illinois ' * 2 6-4-1 10-9-4 N: 45
6. Indiana 4-7-0 9-9-1 N: 75
6. Nebraska 4-7-0 7-12-1 N: 101
8. Iowa ' 3-5-3 12-6-3 N: 71
9. Northwestern 3-8-0 7-10-2 N: 12
10. Michigan State 2-8-1 8-9-2 N: 71
10. Purdue 2-8-1 7-10-2 N: 62
12. Wisconsin 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Sun Belt(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. North Texas ' $ ^ * 8-1-1 16-5-2 n/a
1. Middle Tennessee ' $ 8-1-1 14-5-1 n/a
1. FIU ' $ 8-1-1 13-6-2 n/a
4. Troy 4-5-1 9-10-2 R (South): 63
5. South Alabama 3-5-2 8-10-3 n/a
6. Florida Atlantic 3-7-0 5-13-0 n/a
7. Louisiana-Lafayette 2-6-2 8-10-2 n/a
8. Louisiana-Monroe 1-9-0 4-15-0 n/a
8. UALR 1-9-0 2-16-0 n/a
10. WKU 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Arkansas State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Southland(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Stephen F. Austin ' $ ^ * 8-0-0 17-4-0 R (West): 76
2. Lamar ' 6-2-0 11-9-1 n/a
3. Southeastern Louisiana ' 5-2-1 12-7-1 n/a
4. Oral Roberts ' 5-3-0 12-7-2 R (West): 53
5. Sam Houston St. 4-3-1 7-11-1 n/a
6. McNeese St. 3-5-0 8-10-2 R (South): 85
7. Northwestern St. 1-6-1 6-11-1 n/a
8. Central Arkansas 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
9. Nichols St. 0-8-0 5-13-0 R (South): 89

0. Mountain West(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. San Diego State ' $ ^ * 3 7-0-0 21-2-1 N: 164
2. New Mexico ' 4-2-1 11-7-2 N: 181
3. UNLV ' 3-1-3 12-4-4 n/a
4. Nevada 2-3-2 7-10-3 n/a
4. Fresno State 2-3-2 4-11-5 n/a
6. Boise State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
6. Wyoming 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
6. Air Force 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Western Athletic Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Denver ' $ * 3 6-0-2 17-3-4 N: 83
1. Utah State ' $ ^ * 6-0-2 13-3-6 N: 170
3. Texas State 4-4-0 8-12-1 R (West): 46
4. Louisiana Tech ' 3-3-2 12-5-4 N: 194
4. Seattle U 3-3-2 9-9-2 R (West): 10
6. Idaho 3-4-1 6-14-1 N: 160
7. San Jose State 3-5-0 6-11-1 R (West): 39
8. UTSA 2-4-2 3-12-2 n/a
9. New Mexico State 0-7-1 2-14-3 n/a

0. Ohio Valley(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. UT Martin ' $ ^ * 8-1-1 13-6-3 R (South): 63
2. Eastern Kentucky ' 6-3-1 10-7-3 R (South): 63
3. Southeast Missouri 5-3-2 7-10-4 R (MidWest): 72
4. SIUE 4-4-2 7-8-4 R (MidWest): 51
5. Eastern Illinois 4-5-1 6-12-1 R (MidWest): 51
6. Jacksonville State ' 3-6-1 10-8-2 R (South): 85
7. Morehead State 2-5-3 2-12-4 R (South): 51
8. Tennessee Tech 3-7-0 5-12-1 R (South): 39
9. Murray State 2-8-0 4-13-0 R (South): 25
10. Austin Peay 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
10. Belmont 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Big Sky(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Idaho State ' $ ^ * 6-2-1 11-6-3 n/a
1. Portland State ' $ 6-2-1 9-8-2 n/a
1. Montana ' $ 6-2-1 12-6-3 N: 194
4. Weber State 5-3-1 7-10-2 R (West): 76
5. Northern Colorado 4-2-3 6-7-5 n/a
6. Eastern Washington 3-3-3 6-8-4 R (West): 63
6. Northern Arizona 3-3-3 5-9-5 n/a
8. Sacramento State 3-4-2 5-9-4 R (West): 67
9. Southern Utah 1-7-1 3-11-2 R (West): 72
10. North Dakota 0-9-0 2-13-1 N: 170

0. Great West Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Utah Valley $ ^ 5-0-0 8-11-1 n/a
2. Houston Baptist ' 4-1-0 10-8-3 R (West): 53
3. Delaware State 2-3-0 3-11-1 R (North): 136
3. NJIT 2-3-0 4-13-3 N: 138
5. Howard 1-4-0 4-16-2 N: 115
5. South Carolina State 1-4-0 8-12-0 N: 150

0. Southwestern Athletic Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
East
1. Mississippi Valley State ^ * 2-1-1 8-10-3 n/a
1. Jackson State 2-1-1 6-11-2 n/a
3. Alabama A&M 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
3. Alabama State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
3. Alcorn State 0-0-0 0-0-0 0
West
1. Prairie View 3-1-0 9-10-1 n/a
2. Texas Southern 2-2-0 6-14-0 n/a
2. Grambling State 2-2-0 2-12-0 n/a
4. Southern 1-2-1 1-11-1 n/a
5. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0-0-0 0-0-0 0

0. Big East Conference(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
American
1. Marquette ' $ ^ * 3 9-0-1 18-2-3 N: 82
2. USF ' 6-2-2 10-5-4 N: 181
3. Syracuse ' 6-3-1 9-7-2 N: 62
4. Connecticut ' 4-5-1 9-8-2 N: 58
5. Providence 3-7-0 8-9-1 R (North): 4
6. Pittsburgh 2-6-2 7-10-2 N: 58
7. St. John's 2-7-1 6-10-1 N: 152
National
1. Georgetown ' $ * 2 8-1-1 16-4-3 N: 22
1. Notre Dame ' $ * 4 8-1-1 16-6-2 N: 19
3. Louisville ' 5-3-3 10-4-4 N: 164
4. Villanova 5-4-1 7-9-3 R (North): 1
5. Rutgers ' 5-5-1 13-8-1 N: 68
6. DePaul 3-6-1 9-10-2 N: 132
7. Seton Hall 2-9-0 7-12-0 N: 132
8. Cincinnati 1-10-0 4-13-1 N: 143

0. C-USA(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank
1. Colorado College ' $ * 8-2-1 14-4-5 NLA: 27
1. Rice ' $ 8-2-1 11-7-3 N: 17
3. UCF ' ^ * 2 8-3-0 17-5-2 N: 177
4. East Carolina ' 6-2-3 10-7-3 N: 194
5. Tulsa ' 6-3-2 12-6-4 N: 75
6. Memphis ' 6-4-1 10-8-2 n/a
7. SMU ' 4-3-4 9-8-4 N: 62
8. Houston 3-4-3 7-9-3 n/a
9. Marshall 3-7-1 7-11-1 R (South): 39
10. UTEP 3-8-0 10-10-0 n/a
11. Southern Miss 1-9-0 4-12-1 n/a
12. UAB 1-10-0 2-17-0 N: 143

0. American Athletic(0 points)

School Stats Conf Record Overall Record Acad Rank