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Georgia Tops the First RPI Release of the 2014 Division I Softball Season
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The initial Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2014 Division I softball season has been released by the NCAA with the Georgia Bulldogs holding down the top position.
The NCAA develops the RPI to provide its softball selection committee with a resource to utilize when selecting and seeding the annual NCAA Tournament field of 64. The RPI will now be released each week for the remainder of the regular season.
To view the complete NCAA Division I RPI rankings, please click HERE.
Despite rating just 13th in the March 25 release of the USA Today/NFCA Division I softball poll, the Bulldogs sit at No. 1 followed by fellow Southeastern Conference teams Alabama and Florida in second and third, respectively. Florida State of the Atlantic Coast Conference rates No. 4, while Michigan of the Big Ten Conference holds down the fifth spot.
Overall, the SEC leads the way with three of the top 10 teams in the initial RPI and nine of the top 25. The Pacific-12 Conference is next with five inclusions, while the Big Ten has four, the Big 12 Conference and the Sun Belt Conference possess two each and the ACC, the Atlantic Sun Conference and Conference USA each own a single listed squad.
When determining each team’s RPI, the following basic formula is utilized:
25% -- Winning Percentage
50% -- Opponents’ Winning Percentage
25% -- Opponents’ Opponents Winning Percentage
Although the NCAA publishes this basic formula, the organization doesn’t release the mathematical bonus and penalty calculations (such as a bonus for a win against a top-25 team).