Hawai’i leapfrogs UC Irvine in new RPI rankings

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Hawai’i will enter its pivotal series against UC Irvine ahead in a critical bracketology category

The Rainbow Warriors jumped to No. 5, a spot above the Anteaters, in the latest RPI rankings that the NCAA released on Monday.

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


UC Irvine dropped down one spot in the new rankings after splitting a home-and-home series against CSUN during the weekend. Hawai’i swept a two-match series against UC Santa Barbara during the weekend and has now won three of its last four matches.

UC Irvine will play host to Hawai’i in a two-match conference series starting on Friday. The Anteaters enter the series in second place in the Big West and two matches ahead of the third-place Rainbow Warriors in the conference standings.

UCLA remains atop the RPI rankings for the third consecutive week. Long Beach State moved ahead of Grand Canyon to No. 2 in the rankings, while Grand Canyon dropped one spot to No. 3.

An updated RPI rankings will be released each Monday throughout the regular season and conference tournaments. The final RPI rankings will be unveiled on Selection Sunday.

RPI rankings (April 1)

2. Long Beach State
3. Grand Canyon
4. BYU
5. Hawai’i
6. UC Irvine
7. Penn State
8. Ohio State
9. Stanford
10. Pepperdine
11. Loyola
12. Ball State
13. Lewis
14. Purdue Fort Wayne
15. Saint Francis
16. USC
17. George Mason
18. LIndenwood
19. McKendree
20. UC San Diego
21. Princeton
22. CSUN
23. UC Santa Barbara
24. Harvard
25. Daemen
26. Long Island
27. Lincoln Memorial
28. Belmont Abbey
29. North Greenville
30. NJIT
31. Concordia
32. Mount Olive
33. Maryville
34. Fairleigh Dickinson
35. Charleston
36. Queens
37. Sacred Heart
38. Merrimack
39. Missouri S&T
40. D’Youville
41. Erskine
42. Quincy
43. King
44. Tusculum
45. Thomas More
46. Emmanuel
47. Barton
48. Edward Waters
49. Fort Valley State
50. St. Thomas Aquinas
51. Dominican
52. Central State
53. Roosevelt
54. Kentucky State
55. Lees-McRae
56. American International
57. Benedict
58. Roberts Wesleyan
59. Morehouse