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By Edward Lee | April 24, 2012
Remaining undefeated in Division I has a way of reconfirming initial thoughts, which is why Loyola - the recently anointed No. 1 team in The Sun's rankings - is still the top team in the nation in RPI (ratings percentage index). In the second list released by the NCAA Monday evening, the Greyhounds (12-0) are first in RPI, which uses a formula of compiling a team's winning percentage, that squad's opponents' winning percentage and the team's opponents' opponents' winning percentage.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
ESPN analyst Mark Dixon took a spin through the 18-team field of the NCAA tournament before joining The Baltimore Sun for this Q&A. The former Johns Hopkins midfielder discussed surprises in the bracket, the debate over the final at-large spot, and the most exciting first-round game. Who was your overall impression of the field? I think the selection committee did a pretty good job. I really don't have any issues with the way the criteria are framed. It comes down to RPI [Ratings Percentage Index]
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2013
After losing to Johns Hopkins on April 13 and falling four spots to No. 8 in terms of RPI, Maryland returned to the top five after Saturday's 8-7 decision over Yale, moving to No. 3 in the latest Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA Monday evening. The Terps were rewarded for their narrow victory over the Bulldogs (8-4), who are ranked No. 11 in RPI. Maryland added that top 20 win to previous triumphs over opponents ranked in the top 10 in RPI (No. 7 Duke and No. 9 Loyola)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Despite getting upset by Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament last Friday, Cornell was thought to be in position to earn one of the eight seeds in the NCAA tournament and the right to host a home game in the first round. Instead, the No. 5 Big Red (12-3) were frozen out and forced to travel to meet No. 9 and sixth-seeded Maryland (10-3) this Sunday. Cornell had an RPI of eight and four wins against teams in the top 20 in RPI (seventh-rated Yale, 14th-rated Penn, 16th-rated Princeton and 19th-rated Virginia)
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By Edward Lee | April 18, 2012
One of two undefeated teams remaining in Division I, Loyola has distanced itself from the rest of the pack by sitting atop the first list of RPI (ratings percentage index) rankings released by the NCAA. The No. 2 Greyhounds (11-0) are first in the rankings, which use a formula of compiling a team's winning percentage, that squad's opponents' winning percentage and the team's opponents' opponents' winning percentage. No. 9 Johns Hopkins (9-2) ranks second in RPI, Virginia (10-2)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
The NCAA released its first Rating Percentage Index - also known as RPI - and Maryland opens the list at No. 4. The Terps (8-1) have two top 10 wins (based on RPI) against No. 6 Duke (9-4) and No. 10 Loyola (9-2). Maryland trails only No. 1 Notre Dame (9-3), No. 2 Denver (9-2) and No. 3 Penn (6-3). The Fighting Irish have two top five victories over Denver and No. 5 North Carolina, three more top 10 wins against Duke, No. 8 Penn State and No. 9 Ohio State, and one more top 20 victory over No. 19 Hofstra.
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By Edward Lee | May 1, 2012
Loyola's 10-9 overtime loss to Johns Hopkins Saturday opened the door for Notre Dame to move into the top spot in RPI (ratings percentage index). In the third version of the list released by the NCAA Monday evening, the Fighting Irish (11-1) jumped from third to first in RPI, which uses a formula of compiling a team's winning percentage, that squad's opponents' winning percentage and the team's opponents' opponents' winning percentage. Notre Dame is ranked second in the latest Sun rankings.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
Johns Hopkins' 7-4 victory over Maryland not only snapped a stretch in which the team had lost three of its last four games, but it also moved the program into the top 20 of the most recent Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA on Tuesday morning. The Blue Jays (7-4) climbed to No. 16 from No. 22 as they added the win over the Terps (8-2), who dropped from No. 4 to No. 8. Johns Hopkins, which has victories over No. 23 Virginia (5-7) and No. 28 Towson (7-6)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
For the second time in three weeks, a somewhat surprising loss dropped Maryland out of the top five in the latest Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA Monday evening. Friday's 13-6 setback to unranked Virginia (7-8) caused the Terps (9-3) to slip from No. 3 in RPI to No. 7. Maryland encountered a similar fall after losing to Johns Hopkins, 7-4, on April 13 and slipping from No. 4 to No. 8. Perhaps the only positive outcome from the loss to the Cavaliers was their move up to No. 20, which gives the Terps a fourth top 20 victory.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2005
Before the first cup of coffee gets cold in Indianapolis next weekend, one of the 10 men who select the 34 at-large teams and seed the field in the NCAA basketball tournament will ask the question: Will we award and penalize teams for scheduling decisions that were made before we adjusted our primary measuring tool? Nine days before Selection Sunday, when the work of that NCAA Division I men's basketball committee will be unveiled, unfamiliar names are mentioned in the on-line, talk-radio obsession over who's in and who's out of the tournament.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
When the 16-team bracket for the NCAA tournament was unveiled Sunday night, Ohio State scooped up the third seed, leapfrogging teams like Eastern College Athletic Conference rival Denver and Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champion North Carolina for the higher seed. It was a remarkable reward for a Buckeyes team (12-3) that was teetering on the fault line for earning an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament. That journey is what makes the Sunday's first-round contest against Towson (10-7)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
As a result of losing, 18-11, to No. 8 Ohio State in the semifinal round of the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament last Thursday night, No. 5 Loyola had no choice but to sit back and wait for the NCAA selection committee to decide the team's postseason fate. The reigning national champion (11-4) got the good news it was seeking when it was pitted against No. 4 and seventh-seeded Duke (12-5) in Sunday's first round. It was a huge relief, according to coach Charley Toomey.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
No. 13 Johns Hopkins wrapped up the regular season with a 9-4 victory over Army Friday night and improved to 9-5. But the program's hopes for a 42nd consecutive NCAA tournament  appearance absorbed another sustained hit that same night. No. 2 Cornell was upended, 14-13, in overtime by No. 12 Princeton in one semifinal of the Ivy League tournament at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. The Tigers (9-5) will meet No. 14 Yale (10-4) in Sunday's title game after the Bulldogs defeated No. 18 Penn.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2013
When the NCAA selection committee convenes this weekend to review the resumes of teams jockeying for one of the 16 spots in the NCAA tournament, the members will have at their disposal an assortment of numbers to gauge a school's bid strength - including RPI, strength of schedule and quality wins. Loyola coach Charley Toomey thinks the committee should also consider another factor: losses. Only one team among the top 10 in RPI has fewer than three losses (No. 4 Cornell is 12-2)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
In just a few hours, No. 13 Johns Hopkins will take the field at Michie Stadium in West Point, N.Y., for its regular-season finale against Army. But the Blue Jays' bid for an appearance in its 42nd consecutive NCAA tournament  suffered a blow via the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. Towson upset No. 9 Penn State, 11-10, in Friday's conference tournament final at University Park, Pa. The win secured the Tigers' first CAA tournament championship since 2007, which was also the last time they appeared in the NCAA tournament.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
Towson's 11-8 upset of No. 15 Drexel in one semifinal of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament Wednesday evening means the Tigers will meet No. 9 Penn State in the title game on Friday and get a chance to seize the automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament. The outcome may also have opened the door a little wider for No. 13 Johns Hopkins. The Blue Jays (8-5) are rated 17th in RPI in the latest rankings produced by the NCAA. The Dragons (11-4) are two spots ahead of Johns Hopkins but could slide down when the RPI list is updated this weekend for the NCAA selection committee.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Despite getting upset by Princeton in the semifinals of the Ivy League tournament last Friday, Cornell was thought to be in position to earn one of the eight seeds in the NCAA tournament and the right to host a home game in the first round. Instead, the No. 5 Big Red (12-3) were frozen out and forced to travel to meet No. 9 and sixth-seeded Maryland (10-3) this Sunday. Cornell had an RPI of eight and four wins against teams in the top 20 in RPI (seventh-rated Yale, 14th-rated Penn, 16th-rated Princeton and 19th-rated Virginia)
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By Katherine Dunn | May 1, 2013
Navy coach Cindy Timchal believes the combination of the Midshipmen's stellar season and the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium setting should be enough to earn Navy one of eight seeds in the NCAA Division I women's tournament when the bracket is announced Sunday night. The top eight seeds will play at home on the tournament's first weekend, May 10 and 12. The No. 12 Midshipmen, who won their fourth straight Patriot League tournament championship last Sunday, certainly have the record (16-1)
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
For the second time in three weeks, a somewhat surprising loss dropped Maryland out of the top five in the latest Rating Percentage Index list - also known as RPI - released by the NCAA Monday evening. Friday's 13-6 setback to unranked Virginia (7-8) caused the Terps (9-3) to slip from No. 3 in RPI to No. 7. Maryland encountered a similar fall after losing to Johns Hopkins, 7-4, on April 13 and slipping from No. 4 to No. 8. Perhaps the only positive outcome from the loss to the Cavaliers was their move up to No. 20, which gives the Terps a fourth top 20 victory.
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