BYU maintains No. 1 ranking in new RPI

It may not be the top seed and have home court advantage throughout the MPSF Tournament, but BYU will enter the postseason atop the RPI rankings.

The Cougars for the second consecutive finished at No. 1 in the latest RPI rankings that the NCAA released on Monday.


BYU concluded its regular season sweeping a two-match series against UC Santa Barbara last week to clinch a share of the MPSF regualar season and the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament. With these victories, BYU slightly expanded its lead in the RPI ahead of Ohio State at No. 2 from 0.00117 to 0.00469 points.

Along with BYU and Ohio State, the rest of the top five in the RPI rankings did not change from last week.

Long Beach State, which earned the top seed to the MPSF Tournament and a share of the conference regular season title, maintained its No. 3 rankings. Hawai’i at No. 4 and UC Irvine at No. 5 round-out the top-five of the rankings.

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

The rankings will continue to be updated weekly throughout the postseason until Selection Sunday.

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