With no games anywhere today, let’s check RPIs of the 12 teams, along with the highest RPI wins and the cruddiest RPI losses.
Southern Miss 81 (best win Western Kentucky 83, worst loss New Mexico State 167)
Memphis 121 (best win Northern Iowa 114, worst loss 30 VCU)
UTEP 122 (best win Nebraska 41, worst loss Vanderbilt 210)
East Carolina 124 (best win Gardner-Webb 159, worst loss Charlotte 73)
UAB 137 (best win Prairie View 198, worst loss TCU 200)
Tulsa 144 (best win Oral Roberts 132, worst loss Ark-Little Rock 168)
UCF 152 (best win South Florida 109, worst loss Middle Tennessee 55)
SMU 172 (best win Utah 95, worst loss Ark-Little Rock 168)
Tulane 189 (best win Southern U. 88, worst loss San Diego 240)
Marshall 227 (best win Morehead St. 169, worst loss Hofstra 306)
Houston 232 (best win San Jose State 183, worst loss Prairie View 198)
Rice 321 (best win Chicago State 330, worst loss LIU Brooklyn 229)
Two things here: Marshall hasn’t had a good nonconference season at all, even at 7-6. But you knew that.
Second, which should be obvious: RPI is not the end-all. A few comments along those lines:
1. Southern Miss, again the RPI darling, is not the best team in the league, right? Methinks it’s Memphis, as usual.
2. Rice is the undisputed worst team after losing its top 2 players. The Owls may go 0-16 in league play, as it did a few years back.
3. Marshall is 10th among these teams and have the most horrendous loss (to Hofstra), but you’re going to have to convince me the Herd is below SMU and Tulane, even without DeAndre Kane. If Kane makes it back, I have grounds to expect a top-5.
4. East Carolina fourth? I’m not buying it, either. Yet.
5. I’m smellin’ a one-bid year for this league.
I almost forgot the bonus item, the RPI summary for future C-USA teams. As you see, there is some quality coming along:
NC-Charlotte 73 (best win East Carolina 124, worst loss Florida State 136)
Old Dominion 269 (best win Virginia 150, worst loss VMI 308)
Florida International 202 (best win Arkansas State 223, worst loss South Alabama 242)
Texas-San Antonio 271 (best win Holy Cross 203, worst in Cal State-Bakersfield 263)
Middle Tennessee 55 (best win Mississippi 60, worst loss Akron 92)
Florida Atlantic 255 (best win Arkansas State 223, worst loss Stetson 288)