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Men’s college basketball preview

BC toughens schedule to enhance tournament chances

Earning a coveted berth in the men’s NCAA basketball tournament lately seems to be less a function of a team’s ability to cobble together a winning record in and out of conference play and more a function of scoring style points in the all-important Ratings Percentage Index.

The RPI, a metric that gives significant weight to a team’s Division 1 winning percentage and strength of schedule as well as that of its opponents, has been utilized by the NCAA selection committee since 1981 to determine at-large selections and seedings for all teams in the men’s and women’s tournaments.

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