No RPI gain for Lady Vols

The NCAA’s “nitty gritty” report regarding women’s basketball RPI  is largely unchanged for Tennessee despite its SEC tournament championship.

The Lady Vols’ RPI ranked fifth and their strength of schedule was fourth last Monday.  Victories over LSU, Texas A&M and Kentucky in Duluth, Ga., didn’t change their RPi. Their strength of schedule, oddly enough, dropped one spot to fifth. These rankings are more important to Tennessee’s NCAA tournament seeding than its jump of two spots to No. 4 in the weekly Associated Press Top 25.

Pending the outcome of Monday night’s Connecticut-Louisville game,  Tennessee still has a good shot at one of the four top seeds, however. Duke ranks one spot ahead of UT in the “nitty gritty” report but shouldn’t get a No. 1 seed.

At this point, my guess is Tennessee will be put in the regional bracket hosted by Louisville as either the one or two seed.