The Reverse Power Rankings: The Five Worst Teams in College Basketball

Ryan CallahanAnalyst IJanuary 10, 2009

With talk about the NCAA March Madness Tournament slowly but steadily heating up, I decided to take a look at those who will not get a sniff of tournament glory this season. This is a list no team wants to be on. These team's tournament bubbles popped long ago. Without further ado, here are the five worst teams in college basketball this season.

5. Houston Baptist—Houston Baptist is 1-16 overall and their lone win came against No. 3 ranked Howard by 10 points. The Huskies allow 84.2 points per game, including letting Illinois State score 107 on them. They do have a tough strength of schedule though, which accounts for their boost in the rankings. The Huskies have played Marquette, Villanova, Illinois State, and Ohio State.

4. Sacramento State—The Hornets do have one win on the season, a 12-point victory over UC Davis. But Sacramento State has a 1-15 record overall and has lost their last 10. Their defining moment of the season was scoring just 32 points in a loss to Santa Clara.

3. Howard—You know it is bad when you lose by 10 to Houston Baptist. The Bison's lone win came in their opener when they won a thrilling 47-45 upset over Oregon State. Since then have lost 12 in a row and now sit at 1-12. They traveled to Oregon State a month later for a rematch and the Beavers handed them a 90-54 loss.  

2. North Carolina Central—The Eagles have started the season 0-17 and only score an average of 54.5 points per game. However, NCC are the victims of strange scheduling as they have played just three games so far at home and 11 on the road.

1. N.J.I.T.—New Jersey Tech is currently riding the longest losing streak in Division-I basketball history. They are 0-16 this season and have lost over 40 games in a row dating back to last season. The Highlanders average a total of 45.6 points per game. They have scored less than 40 points five times this season.

On the bubble: Bryant University, Mississippi Valley State, Texas Southern, Southern University, Furman, UNC-Greensboro, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida A&M, USC Upstate.