The Rating Percentage Index was a metric used to help determine what teams did and did not get into the NCAA basketball tournament from the early 1980s through 2018. However, just because RPI isn’t used officially to narrow down the March Madness field anymore doesn’t mean it has vanished. RPI is still calculated, and as it currently stands West Virginia has the highest rating in the country.
The RPI isn’t the only computer ranking that likes the 7-0 Mountaineers at the moment. WVU sits at No. 14 in the most recent (updated after Tuesday’s games) batch of Sagarin ratings. The also popular KenPom ratings, however, have West Virginia much lower at No. 34.
NET rankings — the metric used by the NCAA selection committee to replace RPI — have not been released yet this season.
RPI also likes the conference WVU plays in. The Big 12 is currently the top-rated league in the country according to RPI, ahead of the Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten and Big East (in that order).
West Virginia, at the moment, seems like a popular pick to make it back to the NCAA tournament this season. In Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology update for ESPN, WVU is the No. 10 seed in the East Region. In this scenario, West Virginia would play No. 7 Saint Mary’s in Cleveland with No. 2 Ohio State, No. 15 South Dakota, No. 3 Auburn, No. 6 Xavier, No. 11 Indiana and No. 14 Colgate also appearing in the Mountaineers’ half of the East bracket.
Lunardi’s current No. 1 seeds are Virginia (East), Michigan (West), Kansas (South) and Louisville (Midwest).