BYU maintains No. 1 spot in RPI rankings by big margin

BYU despite a weekend loss remains in firm control of the top spot in the RPI rankings.

BYU was ranked No. 1 and had more than a one-hundredth point lead on second-place Stanford in the newest RPI rankings the NCAA released Tuesday.


Along with BYU and Stanford, Ohio State, Long Beach State and UCLA round-out the top five the RPI rankings. The Buckeyes also jumped ahead of the 49ers to No. 3 following the team’s weekend victory against Penn State.

The RPI is determined by a mathematical formula that uses a team’s winning record, its opponents’ winning record and its opponents’ strength of schedule. This is the second year the RPI will be part of the criteria used to select the NCAA Tournament field.

RPI rankings (March 21)
1. BYU — .6563
2. Stanford — .6410
3. Ohio State — .6397
4. Long Beach State — .6289
5. UCLA — .6242
6. Ball State — .5869
7. Pepperdine — .5852
8. Loyola — .5786
9. Hawai’i — .5783
10. UC Santa Barbara — .5632
11. Penn State — .5632
12. UC Irvine — .5503
13. Erskine — .5479
14. Barton — .5398
15. CSUN — .5367
16. Lewis — .5214
17. Cal Baptist — .5104
18. Mount Olive — .5013
19. St. Francis — .5088
20. Pfeiffer — .5074
21. USC — .4994
22. George Mason — .4869
23. Harvard — .4789
24. McKendree — .4766
25. Grand Canyon — .4751
26. Coker — .4686
27. Quincy — .4851
28. IPFW — .4532
29. Lindenwood — .4517
30. Limestone — .4443
31. North Greenville — .4344
32. Belmont Abbey — .4339
33. UC San Diego — .4264
34. Princeton — .4207
35. NJIT — .4149
36. Sacred Heart — .4124
37. Concordia-Irvine — .4077
38. Emmanuel — .3954
39. Alderson Broaddus — .3702
40. King — .3630
41. Lees-McRae — .3345
42. Charleston — .3029
43. Holy Names — .2809