Loyola leaps ahead of Hawai’i, UCI to No. 1 in new RPI rankings

Loyola is back to No. 1 in at least one national ranking.

The defending NCAA champion Ramblers jumped up two spots to be ranked atop the latest RPI that was released Monday.


Loyola (18-1, 10-1 MIVA) has the fewest losses of any team in the nation. In addition, the Ramblers were ranked No. 1 in the national coaches poll for the a majority of the season before losing to then-No. 2 Lewis earlier this month.

Hawai’i dropped three spots to No. 4 in the new RPI rankings following two victories against last-place UC San Diego during the weekend.

The RPI is determined by mathematical formula that uses a team’s winning record, its opponents’ winning record and its opponents’ strength of schedule. In addition, this is the first year RPI will be a criteria category that the selection committee will use to the determine NCAA Tournament field.

UC Irvine, Lewis and Ohio State round-out the top five of the new RPI.

RPI rankings (March 30)
1. Loyola
2. UC Irvine
3. Lewis
4. Hawai’i
5. Ohio State
6. Penn State
7. USC
8. Pepperdine
9. IPFW
10. BYU
11. Erskine
12. UC Santa Barbara
13. Pfeiffer
14. Quincy
15. Lindenwood
16. Long Beach State
17. Ball State
18. UCLA
19. Stanford
20. Harvard
21. Grand Canyon
22. CSUN
23. McKendree
24. Princeton
25. George Mason
26. King
27. Mount Olive
28. Sacred heart
29. Limestone
30. St. Francis
31. Cal Baptist
32. Barton
33. Belmont Abbey
34. UC San Diego
35. NJIT
36. Lees-McRae
37. North Greenville
38. Coker
39. Charleston