The USA Today Coaches Top 25 has been out since last week, but 25 is such a small number.
Dan Hanner of ESPN Insider has ranked all 351 Division I men's basketball teams. As he explains, he "ran 10,000 simulations of every D-I player and each team's defense, and then ranked the teams 1-351 based on the median simulation."
Sounds complicated, so we won't give him too much grief about any disagreements we might have.
To no one's surprise, Maryland is the class of the local teams, but the Terps rank just 45th overall (and 7th in the ACC). Hanner even acknowledges that "Maryland may be a little low here, but the simulation is concerned about the Terrapins' lack of depth."
Interestingly, Towson has been picked as the favorite by the CAA's media and coaches, but this ranking system has the Tigers third in the conference behind Drexel and College of Charleston.
Here's a look at where the nine Division I teams from the state rank in Hanner's list:
45. Maryland (7th in ACC)
137. Towson (3rd in CAA)
195. Loyola (4th in Patriot)
230. Morgan State (3rd in MEAC)
261. Mount St. Mary's (6th in NEC)
270. Navy (8th in Patriot)
301. Coppin State (8th in MEAC)
339. UMBC (9th in America East)
342. UMES (12th in MEAC)
(If you have an ESPN Insider account, you can peruse the full piece here.)Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun