Despite 8-0 CAA Record, Northeastern Still Ranks Behind George Mason in RPI
Boston – Even following their triumphant 71-51 victory over the George Mason Patriots, Sunday night, the Northeastern Huskies have still not earned the highest RPI of any team in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Ratings Percentage Index, more commonly referred to as RPI, ranks all of the 364 NCAA Division I based off of teams’ wins, losses and strengths of schedule.
Northeastern (13-7, 8-0) is now ranked 122nd in the nation in RPI while the Patriots are still five slots ahead at 117 according to ESPN.com’s RPI system and ranks as many as 15 spots below Mason on CBSSports.com. Northeastern does however rank five spots above Mason in the official NCAA RPI rankings.
The Huskies might have put a damper on their 2012-2013 season’s ranking by compiling a pretty weak non-conference schedule. They rank just 146th in strength of schedule and just 103rd in non-conference schedule difficulty. On the other hand, George Mason’s non-conference schedule ranks 51st in the nation.
Moving forward, now that head coach Bill Coen and company have worked towards such a successful year, the Huskies will definitely have a great opportunity to add higher-profile opponents to their non-conference schedule for future seasons.
With a talented core group of underclassmen, Northeastern doesn’t look to be going away from the CAA spotlight any time soon. As sophomores Quincy Ford, Reggie Spencer and Demetrius Pollard and freshmen David Walker and Zach Stahl continue to blossom, the Huskies clearly have the pieces in place to increase their national standing in years to come.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Columnist for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.