Monday, March 23, 2015

Aztecs, Bulldogs among the nation's top 42 teams in RPI

The first Ratings Percentage Index of the season was released Monday, holding good news for San Diego State, Fresno State and San Jose State, all of whom enter the week tied for first place in the Mountain West standings.

The Aztecs (30th) and Bulldogs (42nd) both reside well within the RPI top 50, which is important for NCAA at-large consideration.  The Spartans are just outside at 59, and the Mountain West has a fourth team in the top 70 as UNLV sits at 67.  Those four teams are all ranked higher this season than in the initial RPI last year.  The Rebels have a 15-spot improvement, while Fresno State is up seven spots, SJSU up five, and SDSU up four.

The remaining Mountain West teams have the following RPIs in the initial release:  Colorado State 127, New Mexico 144, Nevada 186, Utah State 191 and Boise State 222.  These numbers have fluctuated a bit throughout the day as it appears the NCAA -- like it did in men's and women's basketball this season -- will update the RPI continuously through the remainder of the season rather than on a weekly basis as it did in previous seasons.