The NCAA has released its updated RPI this week, and there’s a fly in the ointment. The RPI skips from 286 to 288.
That’s because Tuesday the NCAA baseball committee voted to include Houston Baptist, a transitional program in its first year of Division I play, in the RPI calculations. Jim Wright of the NCAA statistics service wrote in an e-mail that the committee received a "flurry of questions and emails" about Houston Baptist, and decided to make the change.
The most affected schools will be those that have played Houston Baptist, obviously, and either could have their seeding or at-large possibilities affected. Oklahoma, which is in play for a top-eight national seed and No. 1 regional seed, has two wins against HBU, and Texas Christian plays HBU today. Sam Houston State and Texas State, two Southland Conference schools with RPIs (53 and 33, respectively) that put them in play for at-large bids, both have victories against the 9-31 Huskies, as does fellow independent Dallas Baptist (66), which earned an at-large bid last year.
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