Big Ten RPI: Where They Stand

Geoffrey AmesContributor IFebruary 19, 2009

The Big Ten basketball season is in the home stretch, and teams are jockeying for position to get into the NCAA tournament. Currently, the only Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 are Michigan State, Purdue, and Illinois, and the conference standings are very close. 

Keeping all of this in mind, it's very likely that the Big Ten will get six or fewer bids to the tournament this year. That means that the last few games of the season are going to make or break this conference. Assuming that one of the top three teams wins the Big Ten tournament and the automatic bid, the all-important RPI will come into play for the at-large bids. 

Now, as we all know, strength of schedule is just one factor that the NCAA uses to decide who receives bids and how teams are seeded, but it's nice to know where the Big Ten stands. According to CBS Sportsline, here are the latest RPIs for the Big Ten.

6.  Michigan State (20-5)  .6464

19.  Illinois (21-6) .6180

20.  Purdue (20-6)  .6178

28.  Wisconsin (15-9)  .6104

36.  Minnesota  (18-6)  .6024

37.  Ohio State (17-7)  .6015

53.  Michigan  (15-10)  .5805

59.  Penn State (19-8)  .5753

77.  Northwestern (14-10)  .5566

109.  Iowa (13-13)  .5322

193.  Indiana (5-18)  .4844

For more information about the RPI, visit