LBSU surpasses Stanford in new RPI rankings

One upset was what Long Beach State needed to move ahead of Stanford in the RPI.

Long Beach State in the first new RPI since Stanford’s postseason loss moved one spot ahead of the Cardinal to No. 4 in the new rankings released Monday.

Stanford became the first team since 2011 to lose a MPSF Tournament quarterfinals match as it lost in five games to UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. In addition, Long Beach State swept Pepperdine to help boost its RPI and advance to the MPSF Tournament semifinals.

The 49ers are less than three-thousandths percentage points ahead of the Cardinal in the RPI rankings. The RPI rankings will continue to be updated throughout this week until conclusion of the conference tournaments on Saturday.

The RPI is one of the several criteria pieces the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field. A team’s RPI ranking is determined by a mathematical formula that includes its winning percentage, its opponents’ winning percentage and its opponents’ strength of schedule.

BYU for the third consecutive week maintained its No. 1 ranking in the RPI, while Ohio State stayed at No. 2. The two teams, though, are separated by less than one-thousandths percentage points.


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