May 22, 2010
There isn't a ton of movement in the RPI this late in the game, but here are a few things that piqued my interest after Friday's action.
Oklahoma -- The Sooners surprised everyone last season by getting a national seed entering the postseason. It would be much less of a surprise this season to see the Sooners end up with a regional host this season. Another win over Kansas this weekend and the Sooners probably are in good shape, based on the actions of the committee last season. With Friday's win over KU, OU now has an RPI of 18 with an overall record of 40-14. OU also has a 3-4 record against RPI Top 25 teams and a 9-8 mark against RPI Top 50 teams.
Auburn -- The Tigers are one step closer to earning a regional host with another win over Mississippi on Friday. With the win, the Tigers improved to 38-17 overall and now have an RPI of 15. Sweeping the Rebels would leave little doubt. But for now, the Tigers have a 10-11 mark against RPI Top 25 teams and a 16-13 mark against RPI Top 50 teams. The Tigers should be hosting a regional if the season ended today.
North Carolina -- The Tar Heels may be giving the NCAA Selection Committee something to think about this weekend. The Tar Heels still need Boston College to lose again today to earn a spot in the ACC tournament, but would a series sweep over Virginia Tech get them into the NCAA postseason? It's certainly a possibility. The Tar Heels improved to 35-20 and now have an RPI of 23 after Friday's action. However, they still have a dismal 3-13 record against RPI Top 25 teams and 6-13 record against RPI Top 50 teams. We personally don't believe UNC should be in, but don't be surprised if it is with a sweep over Tech.
Pittsburgh -- Could the Panthers might need to do some damage in the Big East tournament next week? It's certainly possible. The Panthers took a step back this weekend with a home series loss to South Florida. As a result, the Panthers now have an RPI of 54 with a less than stellar resume. The Panthers are just 3-3 against RPI Top 25 teams and 3-4 against RPI Top 50 teams. They also are 12-8 against the RPI Top 100. The one thing in their favor, though, as a very impressive 37-16 overall record.
The national seeds -- There is still no change on the eight national seeds in my mind. The list remains Arizona State, Texas, Virginia, Florida, South Carolina, Louisville, Coastal Carolina and UCLA. Keep a very close eye on Georgia Tech, though. The Yellow Jackets have a chance to earn a huge road series sweep over Boston College today. The Jackets are 44-10 overall and have an RPI of 9. Additionally, they are 9-3 against the RPI Top 25, 12-5 against the RPI Top 50 and 23-7 against the Top 100. Another win today and a strong showing in the ACC tournament. It might be hard to keep Tech out of a national seed.