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December 1, 2008 at 2:55 PM

Is it too early to start worrying about RPI?

It’s only Dec. 1, far too soon, it would seem, to worry much about national trends.
Still, the early perception of the Pac-10 is that the conference is down quite a bit from last year. And while that could help the Huskies in creating more winnable games in the conference, it could also hurt them when it comes to making the NCAA Tournament.
After six teams got invites last year, the Pac-10 could see only four or five get in this year, putting that much more of a premium on winning the close ones (something all those turnovers and missed free throws that continue to haunt the Huskies won’t help).
Consider that as of today, the Pac-10 is rated just 11th in the RPI, according to RealTimeRPI.com.
The Huskies are No. 80, and third in the Pac-10 behind Cal and Stanford — the two most surprising teams in the conference so far. That’s decent enough position, though UW’s RPI is likely to slip the next month with only Oklahoma State, at No. 56, and surprisingly enough Eastern Washington (No. 57) rated much above UW of the teams on Washington’s non-conference schedule (Portland State is No. 79).
What this means is that the Huskies better not throw away any more non-conference games, and that it may not be able to depend quite as much as in past years on having the Pac-10 schedule boost its RPI.
Here are RealTime’s national RPI ratings, showing Gonzaga at No. 2.

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