UCLA Sitting Pretty in Latest RPI Poll (April 2)

  0 Derek Johnson | April 02nd, 2018 | Big West, College - Men's Indoor, Conference Carolinas, EIVA, Independents, MIVA, MPSF, News, Rankings

The latest RPI poll is out with not much time remaining in the regular season. That adds to the importance, as the RPI is heavily leaned on by the committee in determining seeding for the NCAA Tournament as well as which two schools will be awarded an at-large bid. That second part is likely the most important, with a tight race emerging between whoever doesn’t win the MPSF, MIVA and Big West. Realistically that includes about seven or eight schools with still time for things to separate out.

A big noteworthy ranking is that UCLA is second, despite being two matches back of BYU in the MPSF. That equates well for their potential at-large bid should the Cougars take the conference crown. Their positioning would only be strengthened with a win over BYU this week, even if they didn’t win the regular season league title and were later ousted in the MPSF tournament. Loyola Chicago also sits at third despite a loss at Ohio State this past week. It also seems that the Buckeyes only chance of making the NCAA Tournament is if they win the MIVA, unlike Loyola Chicago, as they sit at seventh – good enough where they could move up but likely not into a top two at-large spot without winning the league anyway.

In total, the Big West owns the top portion of the RPI, with five of the top 11 and the #1 team. The MIVA and MPSF are littered throughout as well, with George Mason the top choice in the EIVA and Barton from Conference Carolinas. Big weeks lie ahead for both of those leagues in helping determine regular season champions in the league, though it seems destined that both earn the six and seven seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

A link to the full update RPI poll can be seen here. The full list can also be seen below:

RANK SCHOOL CONFERENCE RECORD ROAD NEUTRAL HOME NON DIV I
1 Long Beach St. Big West 21-0 9-0 3-0 9-0 0-0
2 UCLA MPSF 20-6 6-5 0-0 14-1 0-0
3 Loyola Chicago MIVA 20-5 5-3 0-1 14-1 1-0
4 BYU MPSF 19-5 8-2 2-0 9-3 0-0
5 UC Irvine Big West 17-7 7-3 3-0 7-4 0-0
6 Pepperdine MPSF 14-6 6-3 1-0 6-3 1-0
7 Ohio St. MIVA 19-4 8-3 1-0 10-1 0-0
8 Lewis MIVA 16-10 1-6 1-2 13-2 1-0
9 Hawaii Big West 15-6 0-3 3-0 10-3 2-0
10 UC Santa Barbara Big West 10-9 4-6 0-0 6-3 0-0
11 CSUN Big West 13-8 1-6 3-0 6-2 3-0
12 George Mason EIVA 14-10 8-5 0-0 6-5 0-0
13 Grand Canyon MPSF 16-10 6-5 2-1 6-4 2-0
14 Concordia (CA) MPSF 12-14 3-8 0-0 6-6 3-0
15 Barton Conference Carolinas 17-6 8-3 0-2 9-1 0-0
16 Penn St. EIVA 12-9 3-5 1-2 8-2 0-0
17 Ball St. MIVA 15-11 6-8 0-1 9-2 0-0
18 McKendree MIVA 11-12 2-4 2-2 7-6 0-0
19 King (TN) Conference Carolinas 16-5 7-4 1-1 7-0 1-0
20 Fort Wayne MIVA 17-9 8-6 0-0 7-3 2-0
21 Southern California MPSF 7-17 1-9 0-2 4-6 2-0
22 Stanford MPSF 6-17 3-8 0-2 3-7 0-0
23 Harvard Ivy League 9-11 3-7 0-0 6-1 0-3
24 Mount Olive Conference Carolinas 14-10 5-7 0-0 8-2 1-1
25 Charleston (WV) EIVA 12-8 4-5 2-0 6-3 0-0
26 UC San Diego Big West 9-14 1-8 2-0 3-6 3-0
27 Princeton EIVA 9-13 3-8 1-2 5-3 0-0
28 NJIT EIVA 6-14 0-5 0-3 6-6 0-0
29 Saint Francis (PA) EIVA 8-17 2-9 1-2 5-6 0-0
30 Lindenwood (MO) MIVA 8-14 2-7 3-0 3-7 0-0
31 North Greenville Conference Carolinas 10-14 3-8 0-2 7-4 0-0
32 Quincy MIVA 12-16 0-7 0-0 1-5 11-4
33 Coker DI Independent 12-8 5-5 0-0 3-2 4-1
34 Lincoln Memorial DI Independent 11-12 2-9 0-2 7-1 2-0
35 Belmont Abbey Conference Carolinas 10-14 3-9 0-0 6-4 1-1
36 Limestone Conference Carolinas 8-16 3-6 0-3 5-6 0-1
37 Emmanuel (GA) Conference Carolinas 9-14 1-8 0-0 6-6 2-0
38 Sacred Heart EIVA 5-12 0-7 0-0 4-5 1-0
39 Erskine Conference Carolinas 6-17 1-8 0-2 4-7 1-0
40 Queens (NC) DI Independent 6-18 2-11 0-0 3-5 1-2
41 Alderson Broaddus DI Independent 3-17 2-14 0-0 1-2 0-1
42 Lees-McRae Conference Carolinas 2-19 0-13 0-0 1-6 1-0

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