University of North Carolina Men, University of South Carolina Women Gain Ground on Stanford in the Winter Capital One® Cup Standings

NCAA® Basketball titles help the Tar Heels and Gamecocks each climb to second in the race for the annual college athletics award

McLEAN, Va. (May 4, 2017)As the winter college athletics season draws to a close, the race for the 2016-2017 Capital One® Cup is heating up, as reflected in the latest standings released today by Capital One (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion. Concluding a whirlwind season of surprising upsets, first-time victories, and emotional triumphs across several winter sports, Stanford University still holds on to its lead in both the men's and women's Capital One Cup standings; however, its place is not without strong competition from the University of North Carolina men and the University of South Carolina women. The Tar Heels and Gamecocks each earned points from momentous NCAA basketball titles, catapulting both programs to No. 2 in the respective standings.

The Capital One Cup is awarded each year to the nation's best men's and women's NCAA Division I athletics programs. Along with the trophy, the programs that emerge to the top following the spring season receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and are honored at the ESPYS in July.

 The Stanford men, who won their first-ever Capital One Cup in 2016, quickly secured the lead in the fall with a national championship in soccer and top-10 finishes in cross country and water polo. Adding top-10 finishes in fencing, gymnastics, and swimming and diving, the Cardinal men close the winter season with 92.5 points. Close on the Cardinal's trail with a less than 10-point deficit is North Carolina, whose sixth national basketball title helped the program jump nine places to No. 2 in the standings. Other top contenders for the men's Capital One Cup are Clemson (No. 3), James Madison (No.4), and Denver, which after closing the winter season with its eighth men's ice hockey title, moved up to No 5.

Also, climbing from No. 11 in the fall season, the women of South Carolina earned 60 Capital One Cup points thanks to their remarkable run in the Women's Final Four®. Conquering their first-ever national basketball championship with a victory over Mississippi State, the Gamecocks take second place in the standings, held off only by the women of Stanford. The Cardinal women renew their No. 1 stance with winter points earned from top-10 finishes in fencing, indoor track & field and basketball, as well as a national title in swimming and diving which capped an undefeated season. As it stands today, the Cardinal women could be in line for a record fourth Capital One Cup victory. Additional women's programs at the top of the standings include USC (No. 3), which took home its first women's Capital One Cup in 2016; West Virginia, whose top-10 finish in rifle lands its program at No. 4; and Nebraska at No. 5 with winter points in rifle, gymnastics, and bowling.

Below are the official Capital One Cup standings for the 2016 – 2017 winter athletics season with the top 10 point earners (including ties) listed in men's and women's athletics. The complete winter standings can be found at

Men's Cup Winter Standings

Women's Cup Winter Standings

1. Stanford

92.5 points

1. Stanford

128.5 points

2. North Carolina

84 points

2. South Carolina

78 points

3. Clemson

78 points

3. USC

70 points

4. James Madison

60 points

4. West Virginia

46 points

5. Denver

55 points

5. Nebraska

45 points

6. Oklahoma

50 points

6. Texas

42 points

7. Ohio State

47 points

7. Connecticut

40 points

8. Oregon

42 points

7. Oregon

40 points

9. Penn State

41 points

9. Minnesota

39 points

10. Alabama

40 points

10. Mississippi State

36 points



10. North Carolina

36 points


Highlights from the winter season include:

  • North Carolina men's basketball defeated Gonzaga to win its sixth national championship after falling short in the closing seconds of last year's title game.
  • South Carolina won its first-ever women's basketball national championship, defeating Mississippi State 67-55, and ending UConn's four-year title run.
  • McKendree University earned its first-ever NCAA women's bowling title with a 4-0 win over Nebraska.  
  • Penn State took home the Division I Wrestling Championship, marking the program's sixth national wrestling title in seven years.
  • Denver captured its eighth Men's Ice Hockey Championship following a Frozen Four victory over Minnesota Duluth.

  • Stanford women's swimming and diving clinched the national title, achieving a second-straight undefeated season.
  • Oklahoma men's and women's gymnastics each won a national championship. The men finished a perfect season with their third-consecutive title.  

"The winter NCAA athletics season has been nothing short of extraordinary to watch," said Byron Daub, Senior Director of Brand Sponsorships at Capital One. "We've seen programs win first-time championships for their institutions, set records for consecutive wins, and make championship comebacks that resulted in amazing victories. Capital One is committed to supporting college athletics, and as it all culminates this spring, we look forward to presenting the men's and women's Capital One Cup trophy and student-athlete scholarships to two outstanding programs."

Each school earns points based on its teams' top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches' polls across 21 women's and 20 men's sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes. The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season. Last year, the Capital One Cup was awarded to the Stanford University men's athletic program and University of Southern California women's athletic program. This is the seventh year of the Capital One Cup. 

Please visit, and for more information and news on the Capital One Cup as well as updates on the standings.


About Capital One


Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Florida Citrus Bowl) in 2001. Since that time, Capital One has sponsored programs including the Capital One Mascot Challenge and Capital One Academic All-America Program. In 2010, it created the Capital One Cup to recognize the best men's and women's Division 1 College Athletics Programs in the country and awards a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships. As an NCAA Corporate Champion, Capital One supports all 90 NCAA Championships. In 2014, Capital One became an official sponsor of the Capital One Orange Bowl and the College Football Playoff.


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