Hoops, Number Two In College RPI And Number One In Strength Of Schedule
The Northern Illinois University mens hoops squad found itself
ranked among the nations elite on Monday evening according
to the 2006 College Basketball Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) as
the Huskies are second in the nation for RPI, behind top-ranked
Duke, and first overall in strength of schedule.
The Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) is the formula used by the NCAA
to rate mens and womens college basketball teams. The
RPI is calculated by adding three parts: team winning percentage
(25%), average opponents winning percentage (50%) and average
opponents opponents winning percentage (25%).
NIU (3-1) holds a record of 1-1 against teams ranked in the top
50 RPI with a 77-68 win over No. 46 DePaul University and an 87-51
defeat at the hands of No. 7 Missouri State University. Their RPI
is currently .736, while their strength of schedule is .725.
The next five closest schools in the state of Illinois following
the Huskies include the University of Illinois (No. 6), DePaul (No.
46), Loyola-Chicago (No. 51), Bradley University (No. 90) and Southern
Illinois University (No. 150).
The Huskies will square off with Wright State University at 7:05
p.m. (CST) on Tuesday night at the NIU Convocation Center in a rematch
of their ESPN Bracket Buster contest from last season.
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