2022 March Madness: Power Ranking Each of the Sweet 16 Teams

Jason Radowitz puts together power rankings for the 16 teams in the field for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. From 68 down to the Sweet 16 currently, where do all 16 teams rank?
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2022 March Madness: Power Ranking Each of the Sweet 16 Teams

Chaos was expected in this year's March Madness. But some of these final 16 teams were not expected to make it this far, regardless of how crazy the Tournament can get.

With just 16 teams remaining and games back on the schedule starting Thursday, we've put together the power rankings for the remaining 16 teams in the field for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Here it goes!

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Ranking Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament Teams

1. Gonzaga (1 Seed)

The Gonzaga Bulldogs went 28-3 on the season and have two of the top-10 players in college basketball according to KenPom including Drew Timme and Chat Holmgren. Gonzaga has now reached seven straight Sweet 16s and continues to defy odds as a "mid-major" program. It's been quite the half-decade for Gonzaga but the Bulldogs are still chasing a title.

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2. Arizona (1 Seed)

The former Gonzaga assistant, Tommy Lloyd has revamped Arizona basketball. The Wildcats have gone 33-3 on the year and have been built to win now. The team has it all from interior defense to inside scoring and offensive rebounding.

3. Kansas (1 Seed)

Kansas is still one of the elite teams alive in March Madness. The Jayhawks are currently 30-6 and at this point, it's pretty clear that Kansas has to play in the hardest conference in college basketball. The Jayhawks are a one-seed for a reason and have the easiest schedule to get into the Final Four with all the chaos in the Midwest.

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4. Villanova (2 Seed)

Villanova is always well-coached and already won the Big Ten Tournament this season. The Wildcats don't turn the ball over and just play smart basketball. This team is always prepared and ready to go. Plus, when Villanova is down, you can never count them out. They keep fighting until the buzzer goes off.

5. Purdue (3 Seed)

If you told Purdue that they would be facing St. Peter's in the third game of March Madness, I think Purdue would be thrilled. Purdue's length, size, and athleticism have been unmatched in this tournament and St. Peter's won't come close to matching it. Purdue's defense lacks but, for now, the Boilermakers are a threat.

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6. Texas Tech (3 Seed)

Throughout the tournament, we've talked about how Texas Tech has the defense but that the offense won't be good enough. So far it has been and if Texas Tech can continue scoring at the pace the Red Raiders have been throughout the Tournament, Texas Tech will be a problem for Duke and anyone else this team faces.

7. Duke (2 Seed)

Of course, everyone wants to see Duke win the NCAA Tournament in Coach K's final season. But the reality is, there are still many teams better than Duke in the Tournament. Duke keeps sneaking by but eventually, that's not going to work. Against Texas Tech, if Duke's offense isn't connected, you can forget about it.

8. Houston (5 Seed)

If Houston wasn't going to run into Arizona, I'd be a massive Houston fan. But Arizona is one of the few teams that can beat Houston and match up well with them. Houston's Kelvin Sampson has done some amazing things at Houston and has the chance to take the Cougars to back-to-back Final Fours. And this is as a five-seed.

9. UCLA (4 Seed)

Just like Houston, UCLA can make a run back into the Final Four. As a four-seed, the Bruins have knocked off teams they were supposed to. Now the Bruins have North Carolina, who is an eight-seed playing like a top-two seed. UCLA will limit turnovers which is something UNC has had trouble doing previously. This game will be interesting for UCLA.

10. Providence (4 Seed)

All year, Providence was lucky. At least according to KenPom. Anyway, the Friars just keep closing out tight games and beat the teams they're supposed to. This team has some veterans and the Friars also got a ton of talent.

11. Arkansas (4 Seed)

Arkansas is going to be a double-digit underdog against Gonzaga but that doesn't mean anything. Arkansas has defied odds multiple times this year and has all the star power to fight with Gonzaga all the way until the end of the game. Gonzaga hasn't looked all that great to begin with while Arkansas continues to find ways to pull out wins.

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12. Michigan (11 Seed)

The Wolverines weren't supposed to be in the Tournament. However, with two straight wins, Michigan is now in the Sweet 16 as an 11-seed. Michigan will have a tough matchup against Villanova but with DeVante Jones potentially healthy coming into this weekend's game, the Wolverines will at least get a little bit of a boost. He obviously wasn't fit enough over the weekend but getting Jones back will be huge.

13. North Carolina (8 Seed)

You can't go up 25, lose a couple of star players, and then lose the lead! North Carolina did that but was able to withstand the punch and win the game in overtime. The Tar Heels have been the most inconsistent team in college basketball but are playing their best basketball of the season right now. UNC is in the Sweet 16. That's the usual.

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14. Iowa State (11 Seed)

It's stunning. Iowa State has made the most remarkable turnaround in sports history. After not winning a single game in conference play last year, Iowa State is now in the Sweet 16 with a new coach and a bunch of new transfers. Anything is possible. No excuses.

15. Miami (10 Seed)

The Miami Hurricanes have two premier scorers and then a bunch of role players. But that's worked out so far for Miami, who are now going to the Sweet 16 after beating USC and Auburn. Those are two extremely tough games to win and yet Miami did it with a lot of size and length. Miami is just hitting shots right now and keeping other teams off-balanced.

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16. St. Peter's (15 Seed)

I know, we all love St. Peter's. But let's be real. The offense this season was below-average and the defense fouled at an abnormal rate all year. This team is fun and I'm totally rooting for them. But The Peacocks are the worst team in the tournament and it's not even close.


Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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