BYU stays ahead of Long Beach State in new RPI rankings

All the drama from the series between No. 1/2 Long Beach State and No. 3/3 BYU this weekend resulted in nothing changing in the RPI.

The Cougars after splitting the two-match series remained at No. 2 and one spot ahead of the 49ers in the latest RPI rankings that were released Monday.

Along with BYU and Long Beach State, there was no change with the top-seven teams in the rankings. Ohio State maintained its No. 1 ranking, while Hawai’i and UCLA round out the top five.


Ball State suffered one of the biggest drops in the rankings since the season’s inaugural RPI rankings were unveiled last week. The Cardinals dropped three spots to No. 11 following two conference losses last week.

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 be updated weekly throughout the regular season and postseason until Selection Sunday.

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