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November 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Washington’s RPI is worse than you think

We’re just starting the second week of the season, but in college basketball it’s never too early to monitor the RPI, which is the biggest measuring tool the Selection Committee uses to determine the 68-team field for the NCAA tournament.

According to the latest CBSsports.com RPI, Washington’s home loss to UC Irvine really hurt the Huskies. They fell to No. 211 among the nation’s 351 teams.

Don’t be too alarmed UW fans. Duke, which is 234, certainly isn’t panicking just yet.

Of course we’re early in the season and Washington (2-1) has ample time and opportunities to climb up the RPI starting this week in New York at the 2K Sports Classic.

Still, it’s interesting to noteĀ  how the RPI compares with the rankings.

The Pac-12 has three teams (No. 5 Arizona, No. 17 Oregon and No. 22 UCLA) in the Associated Press top 25 ranking. The same teams are in the coaches poll.

However, a look at the RPI reveals a different order in the Pac-12: Oregon (11), California (22), UCLA (31), Washington State (35), Colorado (68), Stanford (69), Arizona (71), USC (87), Oregon State (121), Arizona State (157) and Utah (321).

TIDBITS:

— Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson leads the Pac-12 with a 30.3 scoring average. He’s played three games, including a 36-point performance that’s the most for a Pac-12 player this season. Oregon newcomer Joseph Young is second on the league’s scoring list averaging 30.0 points. Washington’s C.J. Wilcox is averaging 20.3 points, which ranks seventh.

— Arizona guard T.J. McConnell is giving the Wildcats everything they’d hoped. He leads the conference with a 6.7 assists average. UW’s Nigel Williams-Goss (5.3) is sixth.

— Washington freshman Darin Johnson is one of two Pac-12 players who have taken 10 or more free throws that’s perfect at the line. He is 13 for 13 while Oregon’s Jason Calliste is 11 for 11.

— Remember when there was concern about Wilcox’s durability? The UW senior is averaging 35.3 minutes, which ranks second in the league.

—Two weeks into the season and the Pac-12 has an overall 29-5 record against non-conference opponents. Not bad, but the conference is still 0-1 against ranked teams. The Pac-12 has a chance to get its first win over a ranked team when Washington State plays No. 13 Gonzaga on Thursday. Washington could also face No. 18 Connecticut in Friday’s finals of the 2K Sports Classic if both teams win its semifinal game.

MONDAY’S SCHEDULE:

Arkansas State (2-1) at Colorado (3-1), 6 p.m. …………………. Pac-12 Networks
Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) at No. 5 Arizona (3-0), 8 p.m. ….. ESPNU
Sacramento State (1-1) at No. 22 UCLA (2-0), 8 p.m. ……… Pac-12 Networks
Southern Utah (1-1) at California (3-0), 8 p.m. ……………….. Pac-12 Networks

Picks: Colorado, Arizona, UCLA and California

Season tally: 22-6

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