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College basketball RPI update: Colorado State tops Mountain West

The RPI may be an out of date tool, but it is still a key component for the NCAA tournament. Here is an update on the Mountain West

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The RPI is still a tool, even if outdated and filed with flaws, that is used to determine the NCAA tournament field for seeding purposes. With conference play in full swing, now is a good time to see what teams are in the running for a tournament berth from the Mountain West. All win-loss totals are against Division I opponents only.

1. Colorado State (14-2): RPI (22), SOS (86)

The Rams are piling 4-1 against the RPI top-50 and have one loss to a sub-100 team in New Mexico (102), but most of their wins are coming against teams 150 and below.

Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
89 Nov. 29 UC Santa Barbara* 65-63
99 Dec. 3 UTEP 65-62
65 Dec. 10 @ Colorado 62-60
69 Dec. 31 Boise State 71-65
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
77 Jan. 7 Wyoming 54-60
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
109 Nov. 21 Georgia St 80-70
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
102 Jan. 3 @ New Mexico 53-66
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
240 Nov. 15 Montana 83-66
241 Nov. 23 Mercer 75-62
186 Nov. 27 Missouri St* 76-61
215 Nov. 28 Pacific* 75-64
232 Dec. 7 Northern Colorado 66-58
249 Dec. 19 @ Denver 85-84
179 Dec. 22 Charleston Southern 75-54
173 Dec. 27 @ New Mexico St 58-57
256 Jan. 10 @ Air Force 92-87

2. San Diego State (11-4): RPI (45), SOS (64)

Being 1-2 against the RPI top-50 and 4-3 against the top-100 balances out the bad loss to Fresno State who is below 200.

Wins (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
9 Nov. 18 Utah 53-49
Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
11 Nov. 26 Arizona* 59-61
35 Dec. 17 @ Cincinnati 62-71
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
56 Nov. 24 BYU* 92-87
83 Nov. 25 Pittsburgh* 74-57
80 Dec. 10 Long Beach St 60-59
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
68 Dec. 7 @ Washington 36-49
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
102 Jan. 6 New Mexico 56-42
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
285 Nov. 14 CS Northridge 79-58
328 Nov. 20 CSU Bakersfield 51-27
183 Dec. 4 San Diego 57-48
166 Dec. 20 Ball State 70-57
242 Dec. 22 UC Riverside 61-33
256 Dec. 31 Air Force 53-49
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
221 Jan. 3 @ Fresno St 57-59

3. Boise State (8-6): RPI (69), SOS (55)

Boise State is propped up not by the wins but that they have played three teams in the top 50, all loses. Their best win is against Saint Mary's.

Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
8 Nov. 22 @ Wisconsin 54-78
32 Nov. 28 @ NC State 54-60
22 Dec. 31 @ Colorado St 65-71
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
78 Dec. 6 @ Saint Mary's 82-71
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
53 Dec. 23 Loyola (IL)* 45-48
77 Jan. 10 @ Wyoming 54-65
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
197 Jan. 3 Utah State 61-62
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
183 Nov. 14 San Diego* 81-75
263 Nov. 15 @ Loyola Marymount 77-69
240 Nov. 18 Montana 72-67
260 Nov. 25 Idaho* 86-75
317 Dec. 14 Southern Utah 79-60
296 Dec. 20 Abilene Christian 77-33
254 Dec. 22 Houston* 75-73

4. Wyoming (13-2): RPI (77), SOS (312)

We thought that Colorado State played a bad non-conference schedule.

Wins (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
22 Jan. 7 @ Colorado St 60-54
Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
21 Dec. 5 @ SMU 53-66
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
65 Nov. 22 Colorado 56-33
97 Dec. 31 UNLV 76-71
69 Jan. 10 Boise State 65-54
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
232 Nov. 16 Northern Colorado 78-70
350 Nov. 24 Florida A&M 66-45
338 Nov. 26 Stetson 65-41
173 Nov. 29 New Mexico St 78-75
249 Dec. 2 Denver 68-42
319 Dec. 14 Montana St 70-61
252 Dec. 20 Southern 57-39
319 Dec. 23 @ Montana St 61-51
318 Jan. 3 @ San José St 64-59
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
101 Dec. 10 @ California 42-45

5. UNLV (9-6): RPI (97), SOS (63)

Going 2-3 in the RPI top 50 is not bad, or good, especially with a pair of loses being in the top 10.

Wins (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
41 Nov. 22 Temple* 57-50
11 Dec. 23 Arizona 71-67
Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
40 Nov. 21 Stanford* 60-89
9 Dec. 20 Utah* 46-59
2 Jan. 4 @ Kansas 61-76
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
No current wins in this range.
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
77 Dec. 31 @ Wyoming 71-76
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
118 Nov. 16 Sam Houston St 59-57
134 Dec. 17 Portland 75-73
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
139 Dec. 3 @ Arizona St 55-77
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
284 Nov. 14 Morehead St 60-59
184 Nov. 29 Albany 75-59
258 Dec. 13 South Dakota* 75-61
317 Dec. 27 Southern Utah 79-45
318 Jan. 10 San José St 74-40
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
288 Jan. 7 Nevada 62-64

6. New Mexico (11-5): RPI (102), SOS (169)

That loss to Grand Canyon has a good chance to bite New Mexico come Selection Sunday, assuming the Lobos are in position for an at-large berth.

Wins (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
22 Jan. 3 Colorado St 66-53
Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
45 Jan. 6 @ San Diego St 42-56
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
88 Dec. 6 @ Valparaiso 63-46
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
61 Nov. 23 Texas A&M* 51-64
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
141 Nov. 21 George Mason* 69-58
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
145 Nov. 20 Boston College* 65-69
117 Nov. 30 USC 54-66
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
342 Nov. 14 Idaho State 79-55
203 Nov. 16 CS Fullerton 67-59
173 Dec. 3 New Mexico St 62-47
153 Dec. 13 UL Monroe 54-46
349 Dec. 17 Central Arkansas 76-55
173 Dec. 20 @ New Mexico St 69-67
221 Dec. 31 Fresno St 76-64
197 Jan. 10 @ Utah State 66-60
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
255 Dec. 23 @ Grand Canyon 65-68

7. Utah State (8-7): RPI (197), SOS (257)

Quality wins have yet to find their way to Utah State.

Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
56 Dec. 2 BYU 81-91
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
90 Nov. 16 @ Illinois St 60-55
69 Jan. 3 @ Boise State 62-61
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
143 Nov. 19 Santa Clara 60-54
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
120 Nov. 26 @ UC Davis 70-77
117 Dec. 7 @ USC 84-89
146 Dec. 20 South Dakota St 65-68
102 Jan. 10 New Mexico 60-66
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
234 Nov. 14 Weber State 72-61
259 Dec. 13 @ Utah Valley 50-47
328 Dec. 18 CSU Bakersfield 57-56
342 Dec. 19 Idaho State 69-56
318 Dec. 31 San José St 61-33
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
229 Nov. 22 @ Mississippi St 63-71
221 Jan. 7 @ Fresno St 52-61

8. Fresno State (6-9): RPI (221), SOS (206)

The Bulldogs might be a pest to some teams this year, just look at their home win over San Diego State.

Wins (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
45 Jan. 3 San Diego St 59-57
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
119 Dec. 13 Cal Poly 63-57
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
79 Nov. 24 Evansville* 52-58
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
101 Nov. 30 California 57-64
147 Dec. 10 @ Texas Tech 56-73
102 Dec. 31 @ New Mexico 64-76
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
190 Dec. 3 UC Irvine 72-63
328 Dec. 6 @ CSU Bakersfield 63-61
197 Jan. 7 Utah State 61-52
288 Jan. 10 @ Nevada 69-66
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
152 Nov. 14 @ Pepperdine 74-89
209 Nov. 20 @ Northern Arizona 52-73
278 Nov. 25 East Carolina* 52-58
345 Nov. 26 Marist* 64-68
215 Dec. 20 @ Pacific 68-71

9. Air Force (6-7): RPI (256), SOS (279)

Not much is going well for Air Force. Their best win is over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
45 Dec. 31 @ San Diego St 49-53
22 Jan. 10 Colorado St 87-92
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
65 Nov. 25 @ Colorado 53-68
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
147 Nov. 30 @ Texas Tech 62-63
120 Dec. 20 UC Davis 75-81
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
324 Nov. 15 The Citadel* 68-55
335 Dec. 3 Grambling St 59-34
297 Dec. 8 Omaha 77-61
295 Dec. 13 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 80-47
301 Dec. 22 Jacksonville St 66-65
318 Jan. 7 San José St 78-56
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
223 Nov. 14 @ Army 78-84
288 Jan. 3 @ Nevada 62-80

10. Nevada (4-9): RPI (288), SOS (244)

Too many sub-200 loses to even be in consideration even if the Wolf Pack go on a massive winning streak.

Losses (RPI 1-50)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
12 Nov. 21 Seton Hall* 60-68
Wins (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
97 Jan. 7 @ UNLV 64-62
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
95 Nov. 22 Clemson* 50-59
80 Dec. 3 @ Long Beach St 57-68
Wins (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
119 Nov. 15 Cal Poly 65-49
Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
101 Dec. 7 California 56-63
Wins (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
310 Dec. 22 Marshall 83-55
256 Jan. 3 Air Force 80-62
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
234 Nov. 24 Weber State* 56-59
297 Nov. 29 @ Omaha 54-78
203 Dec. 13 CS Fullerton 55-65
215 Dec. 18 @ Pacific 65-69
221 Jan. 10 Fresno St 66-69

11. San Jose State (0-14): RPI (318), SOS (100)

The Spartans aren't post season eligible but there are more issues than that on this San Jose State team.

Losses (RPI 101-150)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
134 Nov. 16 Portland 68-73
120 Dec. 3 @ UC Davis 56-70
143 Dec. 6 Santa Clara 50-61
115 Dec. 21 @ Washington St 53-82
Losses (RPI 51-100)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
68 Nov. 27 Washington* 56-78
77 Jan. 3 Wyoming 59-64
97 Jan. 10 @ UNLV 40-74
Losses (RPI 150+)
RPI DATE OPPONENT SCORE
152 Nov. 19 Pepperdine 44-63
203 Nov. 22 @ CS Fullerton 66-70
163 Nov. 28 Western Michigan* 60-79
265 Nov. 30 Princeton* 54-69
281 Dec. 13 Seattle 38-54
197 Dec. 31 @ Utah State 33-61
256 Jan. 7 @ Air Force 56-78