Basketball: Cal vaults to No. 36 in NCAA’s RPI

Two wins in Southern California lifted the Golden Bears (20-6, 10-3 Pac-12) from No. 48 to No. 36 in the latest official NCAA RPI rankings.

Washington is the next highest-rated Pac-12 Conference team at No. 62. Arizona checks in No. 66, followed one spot later by Oregon. Colorado is No. 74.

Stanford, which has dropped five of its past seven games, plummeted to No. 105.

Then it gets truly grim for the Pac-12: UCLA is No. 124,  Oregon State No. 143, Washington State No. 150, Arizona State No. 229, USC No. 230 and Utah No. 274.

Jeff Faraudo

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Even better Sagarin ranks us #20 next to Louisville and way better than #48 San Diego State. Sagarin has us higher than Michigan, Purdue and Illinois in the Big Ten also Texas, Creighton, Virginia and Florida State.

    I like it and if I smoked pot, I might love it!

  • SteveNTEXAS

    Sagarin should share.. lol

  • rollonubears

    Way too much makeup and airbrushing on the Gulbis pic, but Alex Morgan looks outstanding.

  • Woj

    Exactly what I have been saying. Cal is a near-lock to go dancing. RPI proves this. Cal is 20-6 overall, 10-3 in conference, 1st place overall and only needs to win 3 out of the last 5 conference games to make the NCAAs so long as 1 of the losses is NOT to Utah.

    NCAA will not allow a regular season champ in a Big 6 conference to not go dancing. It is practically unheard of.

    Fact: Cal’s non-conference losses are to 3 teams easily inside the RPI top 50 (UNLV, SDSU, and Mizzou). They should have beaten SDSU in San Diego. The loss to AZ was close and doesn’t hurt much. OSU and Wazzu losses were on the road and the diciest part of Cal’s resume.

    The Pac12 gets two in NCAAs – Cal and whomever wins the conference tourney. If that’s Cal as well, expect a bid for Washington or Arizona as a #12 or #11 seed. I don’t think 3 get in though.

  • JMod

    KenPom has us at 16


  • Esquire Joe

    Yikes! I can’t help but be nervous that 3 of Cal’s last 5 games are against RPI 100+ teams. Losses to those teams are real killers. And 2 of those 3 are on the road (where Cal has its struggles, even against bad teams).

    I don’t care that Utah likely will have lost 7 games in a row coming into next Thurs, that looks like a trap game for Cal, who might be tempted to look ahead to Colorado.

    Then again, I’d rather they only lose one more game, have it be to Utah, and drop down to an 11 or 12 seed in the Tourney than have to be an 8 or 9 again.

  • Tourney. So, right off, you better hope that loss comes against the 2nd highest ranked team in the conference.

    A loss down the stretch before the conference tournament is down right probable, ending with 3 on the road, two at elevation. A loss @CU looks like it could be overcome, but @Utah would be devastating. Not only would the RPI take a hit, but our Bears are literally one loss from 4th in the standings, 2 losses from 5th and an extra game in the conference tournament.

    Keep rooting. Nothing is set yet.

  • Sigh, top of post got deleted somehow. I am basically stressing Esquire Joe’s concerns. Not just here, people are far to confident in a team that an injury or flu bug could devastate in the standings and rankings.

  • discdude

    It’s Cal. In order to root for Cal, your middle name must be “worry.” It’s what we do. I’m never over-confident, but I at least like our position, at the top of the P12.