UC Irvine falls out of top 10 in new strength of schedule rankings

UC Irvine in the process of getting a non-conference during the weekend dropped out of the top 10 in a selection committee criteria category.

The Anteaters fell two spots to No. 12 in the latest strength of schedule rankings that the NCAA released earlier this week.

Strength of schedule is one of the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field. It also is part of a mathematical formula that determines a team’s RPI ranking, along with winning percentage and opponent strength of schedule.

UC Irvine in its final non-conference match of the season swept USC on Saturday. However, the Trojans’ 6-16 record resulted in a decline in the Anteaters’ overall strength of the schedule.

Stanford and George Mason, which is in first place in the EIVA, both moved ahead UC Irvine in the strength schedule rankings.

Besides UC Irvine, the other nine top-10 teams from last week all remained in the top 10 of the new rankings.

UCLA continues to lead all teams in the strength of schedule rankings, while Lewis, USC, Concordia-Irvine and Pepperdine round out the top five. Pepperdine also is ranked No. 1 in the opponent strength of schedule rankings.

The strength of schedule rankings will continue to be updated throughout the regular season and postseason until Selection Sunday on April 22.

Strength of Schedule Rankings

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

Opponent Strength of Schedule Rankings

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