BYU, UC Irvine move past Loyola in new RPI rankings

BYU and UC Irvine became the biggest beneficiaries of Loyola suffering an upset loss.

The Cougars and Anteaters jumped ahead of the Ramblers in the latest RPI rankings that the NCAA released earlier this week.

Loyola following a loss to Lindenwood, which ended the regular season in seventh place in the MIVA, dropped two spots to No. 5 in the RPI.

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 its winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents’ strength of schedule.

BYU, UC Irvine and Loyola are all among the teams under NCAA Tournament at-large bid consideration if they lose in their conference tournaments, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology. The Cougars enter the postseason at No. 3 in the RPI, while the Anteaters are at No. 4 with two regular season matches remaining.

An updated RPI rankings will be released each Monday throughout the conference tournaments. The final RPI rankings before the NCAA Tournament will be unveiled on Selection Sunday, April 22.

RPI rankings (April 9)

1. Long Beach State — .6494
2. UCLA — .6294
3. BYU — .6276
4. UC Irvine — .6184
5. Loyola — .6034
6. Ohio State — .5921
7. Hawai’i — .5899
8. Pepperdine — .5898
9. Lewis — .5779
10. CSUN — .5534
11. UC Santa Barbara — .5526
12. George Mason — .5497
13. Grand Canyon — .5439
14. Penn State — .5497
15. Ball State — .5321
16. King — .5318
17. Barton — .5313
18. Concordia-Irvine — .5302
19. Fort Wayne — .5147
20. McKendree — .5033
21. Harvard — .4948
22. USC — .4900
23. Mount Olive — .4831
24. UC San Diego — .4829
25. Stanford — .4823
26. Charleston — .4766
27. Princeton — .4621
28. Lindenwood — .4612
29. NJIT — .4589
30. St. Francis — .4539
31. North Greenville — .4333
32. Lincoln Memorial — .4282
33. Quincy — .4271
34. Belmont Abbey — .4201
35. Coker — .4128
36. Limestone — .4021
37. Emmanuel — .3966
38. Sacred Heart — .3849
39. Erskine — .3730
40. Queens — .3659
41. Lees-McRae — .3531
42. Alderson Broaddus — .3464