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Division I RPI Rankings

*denotes received regional bid

RankTeamRecordSkinny
1.*Clemson54-17Despite just 17 road games, schedule ranked No. 2 by RPI
2.*Florida State60-14Went 4-1 vs. Clemson, led nation with 29 wins vs. top 50
3.*Texas55-15National champs went an impressive 29-6 outside Big 12
4.*South Carolina57-1823 wins vs. top 25, but also 13 games vs. 101-150 teams
5.*Georgia Tech50-16Just 12-7 on the road, 13-14 vs. top 25, but had No. 3 schedule
6.*Wake Forest47-13-1Deacons dominated outside ACC (28-5-1) until regionals
7.*Houston48-17Non-conference slate ranked toughest by RPI computer
8.*Stanford47-18Cardinal thrived in spotlight--20-7 vs. top 50 teams
9.*LSU44-22SEC slate mitigates mediocre 32-21 mark vs. top 100 teams
10.*Rice52-14After 0-2 showing in Omaha, just 24-12 outside WAC, 28-2 in it
11.*Florida45-19Gators dominated most teams, but just 9-14 vs. RPI top 25
12.*Alabama50-15SEC champs a .500 team vs. top 25, on road (10-10 each case)
13.*North Carolina42-21Tar Heels slipped on road (10-11), vs. top 25 (9-12)
14.*Nebraska46-21Last year of Van Horn era saw Huskers go 27-9 outside Big 12
15.*Richmond53-13Spiders feasted on dregs--23-1 vs. teams ranked 150 or below
16.*Miami (Fla.)34-29RPI flaw--'Canes just 7-10 on road, 29-29 vs. top 150, still No. 16
17.*La.-Lafayette39-23Cajuns were above .500 on road (14-12), vs. top 50 (13-11)
18.*Wichita State46-17Shockers fared OK against better competition (10-8 vs. top 50)
19.*South Alabama42-19Jaguars muddled through vs. top 100 teams (20-17)
20.*Georgia31-27Road: 9-16. Last 10: 2-8. Vs. top 25: 9-18. How'd Dawgs get in?
21.*Long Beach State39-21Among top 25, only Richmond (32) played more road games (30)
22.*Notre Dame49-18Irish dragged down by 32 games vs. teams 101 and below
23.*Arkansas31-28Razorbacks played just 12 games vs. teams 101 and below
24.*Arizona State37-21Sun Devils had flaws: just 8-11 on road and 1-8 vs. top 25
25.*Baylor34-25Bears played lots of good teams, but rarely won (10-17 vs. top 50)
26.*Cal State Fullerton36-22Titans' tough schedule led to 9-16 record vs. top 50 teams.
27.*James Madison44-15Just 1-6 vs. top 25; still highest-ranked team in 11th-ranked CAA
28.*Texas Tech41-20Red Raiders got 18 wins vs. teams ranked 101 or below.
29.*Southern California37-24USC went 1-5 vs. Stanford, 3-11 vs. rest of top 25.
30.*Stetson42-19Just 13-14 vs. top 100, but cleaned up (29-5) vs. weaker foes.
31.Mississippi37-19Late collapse (3-7 in last 10) denied Rebels a regional bid.
32.*Oklahoma35-27Tough slate (29 games vs. top 50); just 6-5 vs. 101-150 teams.
33.*East Carolina43-20-1Dominated lesser opponents (12-0 vs. 150 and below).
34.*Coastal Carolina44-19Clemson, S. Carolina contributed to 0-7 mark vs. top 25.
35.*Fla. International41-20Played good teams tough--19-17 vs. top 100 opponents.
36.*Auburn34-26Went 21-23 vs. top 100, but just 10-18 vs. top 25.
37.*Florida Atlantic46-21Despite 16-15 vs. top 100, seeded behind Auburn in regional.
38.*South Florida35-29Surprise bid thanks to 24th-ranked non-conference schedule.
39.*SMS43-21Schedule quirk--zero games vs. teams 26-50.
40.*Central Florida41-22Young team feasted on teams ranked 101 or below (29-3).
41.N.C. State32-26Wolfpack pulled up by ACC's strength; just 3-18 vs. top 25.
42.*Louisville39-18Earned regional bid despite 4-11 mark vs. top 50.
43.Oklahoma State37-216-15 mark vs. top 50 kept Cowboys out of regionals.
44.*CS Northridge41-17Despite location, scheduled deemed weak (No. 61 non-league).
45.Delaware34-22Hard to believe Blue Hens (No. 49) had tougher slate than CSUN.
46.Rutgers35-22Northern team left out despite impressive 17-16 road record.
47.Texas Christian30-29Just 10-16 vs. 91st-ranked non-conference opponents.
48.UNC Wilmington36-21CAA's slide, 2-8 finish squandered Seahawks' at-large hopes.
49.*Elon34-23Phoenix got an undeserved bid despite going 11-16 vs. top 100.
50.Mississippi State33-24-1Non-league schedule ranked 66th, worst in 12-team SEC.

REST OF THE RPI

RankTeamRecord
51.Tennessee27-28
52.Texas A&M35-24
53.*Tulane36-27
54.*San Jose State41-17
55.*Marist41-14
56.Southern Miss.36-22
57.SW Texas State35-24
58.Northwestern State41-17
59.Liberty32-24-2
60.*George Washington42-23
61.Creighton28-24
62.Arizona28-24
63.*Bethune-Cookman37-19
64.*Va. Commonwealth38-27
65.California29-27
66.Maryland34-23
67.Kansas State27-24
68.Virginia25-32
69.Western Kentucky36-20
70.Vanderbilt24-27
71.*Washington33-26-1
72.Virginia Tech33-26
73.Boston College30-25
74.Fresno State32-27
75.New Orleans31-28
76.William & Mary32-26
77.Southern Illinois31-24
78.Minnesota28-25
79.*Southern41-10
80.UC Irvine33-26
81.*Southeast Mo. State34-20
82.*Ohio State37-19-1
83.Michigan State34-19
84.*Kent State36-22
85.Duke24-34
86.*Maine36-17
87.San Diego State41-23
88.Oregon State31-23
89.*San Diego38-23
90.*Georgia Southern39-25
91.*New Mexico State34-24
92.Jacksonville27-30
93.*Lamar36-24
94.Cal Poly29-29-1
95.Cincinnati26-28-1
96.Indiana State28-26
97.St. John's28-23
98.Missouri20-29
99.Old Dominion26-27
100.McNeese State30-28
101.Northern Iowa29-25-1
102.Indiana32-20
102.Pittsburgh35-16-1
104.Charleston36-22
105.UNC Greensboro33-22
106.Dayton29-20
107.Seton Hall25-28
108.*The Citadel31-26
109.Louisiana-Monroe27-29
110.Illinois29-19
111.UCLA26-35
112.George Mason28-29
113.Le Moyne30-18
114.UC Riverside26-27
115.Western Carolina33-23
116.*Brigham Young31-31-1
117.Connecticut28-21
118.UNLV30-30
119.Penn State23-30
120.Texas-Arlington26-29
121.Iowa24-29-1
122.Purdue24-32
123.Winthrop27-30
124.Ball State33-23
125.Troy State27-28
126.Rider33-22
127.Kansas17-29
128.*Oral Roberts43-18
129.Charlotte19-35
130.Charleston Southern23-33
131.Middle Tenn. State26-30
132.Nevada25-32
133.Villanova29-23
134.Arkansas State21-34
135.*Wisconsin-Milwaukee32-20
136.Illinois-Chicago32-16
137.Evansville22-33
138.Duquesne26-23
139.Kentucky17-36
140.Saint Louis22-30
141.West Virginia24-26
142.Siena28-29
143.Nicholls State26-24
144.Illinois State23-30
145.Campbell21-29
146.Bowling Green31-22
147.Towson23-27-1
148.Manhattan32-19
149.New Mexico22-35
150.Sam Houston State20-31
151.Texas-San Antonio23-28
152.Memphis20-31
153.Xavier27-26
154.UC Santa Barbara20-33
155.Utah27-23
156.Vermont27-22
157.Pepperdine31-32
158.Mercer20-31
159.*Navy23-24
160.Austin Peay27-27
161.Northeastern28-22
162.Furman26-34
163.Loyola Marymount22-34
164.Northwestern26-29
165.Massachusetts21-26
166.Monmouth30-21
167.Michigan20-32
168.Washington State19-31
169.Gonzaga25-28
170.Georgia State20-32
171.Md.-Baltimore County31-24
172.Lipscomb22-21
173.Southeastern Louisiana21-33
174.Butler28-22
175.St. Bonaventure30-13
176.Pacific24-28-1
177.Eastern Michigan28-27
178.Stony Brook27-24
179.Western Michigan21-25
180.Central Michigan28-23
181.High Point25-30
182.Miami (Ohio)29-28
183.Samford27-31
184.Jacksonville State20-31
185.New York Tech27-25
186.Tennessee Tech24-25
187.Princeton22-23
188.Santa Clara25-30
189.Brown25-24
190.*Harvard19-26
191.UNC Asheville21-28
192.Air Force20-27
193.*Central Conn. State34-23
194.Eastern Illinois24-26
195.Lehigh27-21-1
196.Davidson21-29
197.Portland22-29
198.Florida A&M25-27
199.Wofford26-31
200.Delaware State40-19
201.Louisiana Tech21-37
202.St. Mary's22-27
203.Temple21-26
204.Alabama-Birmingham16-40
205.Birmingham Southern23-18
206.Dartmouth19-20
207.Bradley17-36
208.Albany20-30
209.Arkansas-Little Rock19-35
210.Sacramento State20-34
211.St. Joseph's14-36-1
212.East Tennessee State21-36
213.Rhode Island24-26
214.Belmont22-29
215.Hartford17-29
216.Appalachian State16-34
217.Youngstown State15-26
218.Radford18-33
219.Buffalo16-28
220.Texas Southern23-27
221.Ohio22-24
222.Hawaii14-40
223.Army22-21
224.Drexel21-34
225.Fordham13-36-1
226.San Francisco15-37
227.Fairfield20-30
228.Cleveland State17-35
229.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi19-28
230.Lafayette22-21
231.Columbia22-25
232.Pennsylvania15-19
233.Morehead State23-27
234.Iona20-28
235.St. Francis (N.Y.)22-24
236.Texas-Pan American9-33
237.Hawaii-Hilo9-33-1
238.Eastern Kentucky14-40
239.Akron17-33
240.Detroit13-33
241.Wright State18-32
242.Northern Illinois22-30
243.Grambling19-22
244.Pace13-36
245.Southern Utah17-35
246.Murray State16-33
247.La Salle9-39
248.Binghamton17-34
249.North Carolina A&T15-37
250.Cornell14-29
251.Yale11-27
252.Sacred Heart18-27
253.Hofstra12-40
254.Tennessee-Martin15-33
255.Alcorn State21-21
256.Toledo12-34
257.Niagara12-34
258.Marshall13-34
259.Bucknell12-34
260.Holy Cross10-28
261.Georgetown8-46
262.St. Peter's12-30
263.Centenary13-41
264.C.W. Post11-30-1
265.Jackson State20-26
266.Arkansas-Pine Bluff17-25
267.Virginia Military10-41
268.Valparaiso10-29
269.Alabama State18-27
270.Canisius4-38
271.Oakland15-30
272.Mississippi Valley State10-39
273.Norfolk State15-34
274.Quinnipiac12-30
275.Mount St. Mary's17-34
276.Wagner10-39
277.Alabama A&M14-24
278.Long Island11-33
279.Western Illinois9-36
280.Fairleigh Dickinson9-35
281.Coppin State12-35
282.Howard8-40
283.Prairie View A&M3-44
284.Chicago State3-33
285.Md.-Eastern Shore4-36
286.Morris Brown1-20

Conference Rankings

2002 RankConferenceRegional Teams2001 Rank
1.Atlantic Coast 5 3
2. Southeastern 7 1
3. Big 12 5 6
4. Pacific-10 4 2
5. Conference USA 5 8
6. Sun Belt 4 7
7. Missouri Valley 2 13
8. Big West 3 4
9. Western Athletic 2 10
10. Big East 1 9
11. Colonial 2 5
12. Big 10 1 14
13. Big South 2 15
14. Southland 1 11
15. Atlantic Sun 3 12
16. Mountain West 1 16
17. Atlantic 10 2 23
18. Southern 1 18
19. West Coast 1 17
20. America East 1 19
21. Metro Atlantic 1 26
22. Horizon 1 24
23. Mid-American 1 20
24. Ohio Valley 1 22
25. Ivy 1 25
26. Patriot 1 31
27. Independents 1 21
28. Southwestern Athletic 1 30
29. Mid-Eastern Athletic 1 &32
30. Northeast 1 28
31. Mid-Continent 1 29

& - 2001 rankings included one-year New York State Conference, which ranked 27th

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