Long Beach State atop season’s first RPI rankings

Make it now three rankings with Long Beach State in the top spot.

The 49ers were ranked No. 1 in the season’s inaugural RPI rankings that was released Monday.

Long Beach State is the only undefeated team left in the nation and is the unamimous No. 1 in both the national coaches poll and national media poll.

Along with Long Beach State, UCLA, BYU, Loyola and UC Irvine round out the top five of the initial RPI rankings.

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

The updated RPI rankings will be released each Monday throughout the rest of the regular season and conference tournaments. In addition, the final RPI rankings before the NCAA Tournament will be released on Selection Sunday, April 22.

RPI rankings

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