Happy Mardi Gras, and if you’re a college basketball fan, happy March Madness Eve!
If you’re looking for a Louisiana team to make a run at a championship this March, look to the NAIA – where three of the top 12 teams in Division I are from Louisiana, including No. 1-ranked LSU-Alexandria – or hope for a conference tournament championship come next week.
In Division I, there’s the great story unfolding on the Lakefront, where the University of New Orleans going for its first conference regular-season title in 20 years. With two games left in the regular season this week, the Privateers of Mark Slessinger have a magic number of one to share a title, two to win it outright.
But in Division I, that’s about it. The latest RPI numbers back up just how down a year it’s been in the state this season.
Let’s look at some of the key numbers, shall we?
0: The number of Louisiana schools in the top 100 of the RPI. Louisiana Tech is the state’s highest ranked team at No. 116.
0-28: Record by Louisiana schools against the RPI top 50 – or generally, the line of demarcation for teams that would be in contention for NCAA at-large berths.
2-58: Record by Louisiana schools against the RPI top 100, with both wins by LSU in non-conference play (over Houston and College of Charleston, when the Tigers still had Craig Victor on their roster).
3: Of the 12 Division I teams in Louisiana, the number of teams with an overall winning record: Tech, Louisiana and UNO.
246: The average RPI (out of 351 teams) of Louisiana schools.
But remember, the beauty of March Madness is it just takes one hot week in a school’s conference tournament to land that automatic NCAA berth.
Here’s the full breakdown of how Louisiana’s dozen Division I schools have performed this season.
|Rank||Team||Record||vs 1-50||vs 51-100||vs 101-200||vs 201+||vs Non-D1|