BYU climbs back at No. 1 in new RPI rankings

All it took for BYU to move back atop the RPI rankings was two road victories against the No. 1 team in the coaches poll and media poll.

The Cougars after dropping out of the top spot last week reclaimed No. 1 in the newest RPI rankings that the NCAA released Monday.


BYU one-spot climb in the rankings comes days after it completed a two-match series sweep against then-No. 1/1 UCLA during the weekend. In addition, BYU entering the final week of the regular season is tied for first place in the MPSF with Stanford, which was ranked No. 2 in the new RPI.

Among the other teams to make a significant jump in the latest RPI rankings includes Barton. The Conference Carolinas school moved up one spot to No. 11 and surpassed Penn State in the rankings.

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 determine the NCAA Tournament field.

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