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Wait, who's currently No. 1 in the RPI??

Posted on: November 18, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 18, 2011 11:38 am
By Jeff Goodman

President Obama has taken control of the RPI.

Otherwise, none of this makes any sense. I can't think of any other avenue in which Oregon State sits atop the flawed statistical formula that many utilize to help determine which college basketball teams are ultimate deserving of getting into the NCAA tournament.

Sure, I know it's early - and we shouldn't put much (if any) stock into the rankings right now. But this is yet another reason why I don't pay much attention to the RPI. Guess who checks in at No. 1 in the country at the present time? Oregon State.

Yes, this is the same team that has a resume that includes a 86-62 victory over Cal State Bakersfield and also a 10-point win over Hofstra. It's also the same team coached by the President-in-law, Craig Robinson. Both wins came in Corvallis.

There was also that impressive 93-60 victory over West Alabama, but thankfully that one didn't figure into the mathematical equation since West Alabama in a non-Division 1 team. Last time I checked Hofstra no longer had star Charles Jenkins - and Cal State Bakersfield wasn't even worthy of being affiliated with a conference.

Oregon State has a chance to be a solid team this season - and I don't want to get on President Obama's bad side here. But No. 1 in the nation? I'll stick with North Carolina or Kentucky.

Photo: AP
Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 9:52 am

Wait, who's currently No. 1 in the RPI??

What is even more ridiculous is that UC Bakersfield comes in at number 6. hahahaha

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:22 pm

Wait, who's currently No. 1 in the RPI??

Its not just RPI that I wouldn't pay much attention to this early in the season.  I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock into any rankings.  

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 3:01 pm

Wait, who's currently No. 1 in the RPI??

RPI is essentially useless this early in the season because of the small sample size. It is much more useful later in the season when teams have played more games and there is more data to base it on. In February and March, it is actually a useful way of looking at teams because it ranks everybody unlike the polls that only rank the Top 25. So, just wait until later in the season and the ratings will look more realistic.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: November 18, 2011 12:07 pm

Wait, who's currently No. 1 in the RPI??

Death to RPI.

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