Long Beach series propels Hawai’i into strength of schedule top four

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Hawai’i is the latest team to benefit from the Long Beach State bump in the strength of schedule rankings.

The Rainbow Warriors jumped 11 spots to No. 4 in the strength of schedule rankings released Monday following their two-match weekend series against the previous undefeated 49ers.

This is the second best strength of schedule ranking for a team in Off the Block’s bracketology projected to be under NCAA Tournament consideration. BYU leads all teams under NCAA Tournament considerations at No. 3, while UC Irvine is No. 5 in strength of schedule rankings.

Strength of schedule is one of the criteria categories the selection committee uses to determine the NCAA Tournament field. Strength of schedule, winning percentage and opponent strength of schedule also are components for the mathematical formula used to determines a team’s RPI ranking.

The strength of schedule rankings will continue to be updated throughout the postseason until NCAA Tournament field is unveiled Sunday.

Strength of schedule rankings

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

Opponent strength of schedule rankings

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