I believe it does become a factor.. and hopefully we finish inside the top 100. To me, that sounds more enticing for a big name school to want to play us, because they can potentially gain rpi standing from a win vs UTA. Now will they play at CPC? I doubt it unless the money is right. From what I'm seeing, it's almost as if play top 50 or top 25 schools, a loss is better than deafeating a sub 200 team. Our losses to sub 200 team this year really hurt our RPI. If Hevery can return to the same form as what he was this year, I say we go for 1 or 2 top 25 , and a top 100 team. Other than that, I don't think we are position to negotiate well unless we have the cash flow to bring in a team to CPC.
I came across this interesting read about the NCAA tournament and RPI:
I had to read these two items, twice:
• Teams with RPI rankings of 1-30 are locks.
• Major-conference teams with RPI rankings of 31-50 are virtual locks.
In order for UTA to get an at large bid, we would need to finish in the top 30, that is dang near undefeated. If we were in the Big 12, and finished rpi of 50 , let's say with a record of..18-12, then we are in.