the LMI matches jacked up Hawaii's RPI beyond proportion, and scheduling MIVA teams is the way to go, which Knipe also recognizes and does fortunately.
Northridge ends up about 34 in RPI, and Irvine 26, which is just insanely nowhere near their true ranking, Irvine is a top 15 team, and Northridge a top 20 team, both those teams are as good as LMI
but I also don't fault Hawaii, they have to play a lot of home games, and they might as well go as far east on their trips as possible to help their RPI
Which also shows why the RPI being such a major part of the selection is not great.
Hawaii 3-0 record vs Lincoln Memorial gave them 3 more RPI top 10 wins as Lincoln Memorial had a good overall record. But we all know if Lincoln Memorial was in the Big West they would have probably gone 1-9 in conference (I will give them one win over CSN or UCI). So it dumb those three game gave Hawaii way more of a resume builder than beating better teams with worse records like UCSD or Stanford.
I get I am sounding like an SEC football fan who says it x teams was in the SEC they would be lucky to win a game. But in the sense of men's volleyball it is true. There is even a larger gap among the top and bottom teams then their is in football.
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