Long Beach State moves up in strength of schedule rankings

The only positive from No. 5/5 Long Beach State’s weekend loss is the latest strength of schedule rankings.

Long Beach State following its home loss to No. 1/1 UCLA jumped to No. 4 and is now has highest strength of schedule ranking among teams projected in Off the Block’s bracketology to be under NCAA Tournament consideration.


Long Beach State moved up three spots and surpassed both No. 2/1 Ohio State and No. 3/3 BYU in the new strength of schedule rankings that the NCAA released this week.

UC Irvine remains with the best strength of schedule in the nation, while USC moved up to No. 2. In addition, Mount Olive maintained the No. 1 spot in the non-conference strength of schedule rankings.

Strength of schedule is among the various pieces of criteria the selection committee can use to determine the NCAA Tournament field.

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

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

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