When one local team gets a big win, everyone else seems to benefit these days. College basketball is the only sport where that statement applies.
So here’s a breakdown of how St. Johns upsetting No.7 Rutgers at Carnesecca on Tuesday night helps Hofstra.
Hofstra beat St. John’s in its home opener this year. It was a big win for Hofstra, which is on a mission to make the NCAA Tournament whether it wins the CAA Tournament title or earns an at-large berth. Beating St. John’s was a monumental step for the Pride, because any big win the Red Storm gets benefits Hofstra in the RPI.
Tuesday’s game certainly counts as a big win and it guarantees Hofstra will move up from its current RPI ranking of 29. The Pride will also be positively impacted by Kansas State winning at No.10 Texas Tech on Saturday.
Hofstra topped Kansas State, 64-54, earlier this year on neutral court. With the Pride’s solid RPI (estimated) of 29, St. John’s upset of Rutgers is sure to push that number in a positive direction.
There is also the matter of Marist and its estimated RPI of 46. If the Red Foxes continue to dominate the MAAC, Hofstra’s RPI is sure to rise. Marist doesn’t play anyone with a higher RPI the rest of the way, but the fact that the Red Foxes played a tough non-conference schedule which included the likes of, Villanova (RPI 18) Kansas State (RPI 6) and Princeton (RPI 22) bodes well for Hofstra.
Even though Marist didn’t beat any of those teams, its strength of schedule rises, which is included in the RPI. Get the picture?
Hofstra still needs to win to take advantage of this. It starts on Thursday when the Pride (13-3, 5-0 CAA) hosts James Madison (RPI 31). There are still two dates with Delaware and a second matchup with James Madison.