In the wacky world of the RPI, a loss (especially a loss on the road against a good team) improves your standing in the index. After losing 61-53 at Connecticut, Washington improved two spots and moved up to 95 in the RPI.
Here’s where the other Pac-12 teams rank: Colorado (5), Arizona (7), UCLA (43), Oregon (64), Stanford (65), Arizona State (73), California (74), Utah (125), USC (151), Washington State (176) and Oregon State (203).
UCLA made the biggest climb in the RPI following a win over then-No. 7 Missouri. The Bruins moved up 36 spots, while Oregon State dropped 65 spots after a home defeat to Towson.
Washington has just two wins (Seton Hall and Saint Louis) against top-100 RPI teams. Obviously the Huskies will need to beat the Pac-12′s top teams to improve its resume in hopes of impressing the NCAA tournament selection committee for an at-large berth. Failing that, UW will need to win the Pac-12 Tournament, which rewards the champion with an automatic berth in the Big Dance.
Meanwhile, Arizona (12-0) is one of three unbeaten teams in the country. The No. 3 Wildcats are the only Pac-12 team that’s ranked in the top 25 in the national polls.