The RPI Report
The season’s first Collegiate Basketball News RPI Report has been released and the Missouri Valley Conference ranks 13th of 33 conferences. As a league, The Valley has the 17th-best strength of schedule.
Three in the Top 100
Three Valley teams rank in the Top 100, led by Illinois State (54). Missouri State (60) and Creighton (84) also represent the MVC among the nation’s top teams in the RPI.
Against the Field
The MVC holds a winning record against 11 leagues in non-conference play (ACC, Big Sky, Big South, Great West, Horizon, Mid-American, Mountain West, Southland, Summit, Sun Belt and WAC) and at least a .500 mark against another two (Conference USA and Metro Atlantic).
The MVC holds an unblemished record in non-conference action against eight other leagues, including ACC (1-0), Big Sky (1-0), Big South (2-0), Great West (3-0), Mountain West (3-0), Southland (1-0), Sun Belt (2-0) and the WAC (1-0).
Topping Postseason Teams
To date, MVC teams have 11 wins against teams that participated in either the NCAA, WNIT or WBI postseason events last season. The 11 wins over postseason teams in the first month of the season is already two-thirds of the league total of 17 postseason wins last season.
Objects in the Rearview Mirror
The Valley’s 35-34 non-conference record is a bit deceiving with nearly one-third (11) of those defeats coming at the hands of five BCS conferences – the Big East, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC – leagues with composite winning percentages above .748.
Illinois State leads the nation in three-point field-goal percentage, connecting on 45.5-percent of all attempts.
Toe the Line
UNI owns the sixth-best free-throw percentage in the nation, converting on 80.7 percent to lead the MVC.
Creighton’s Sarah Nelson ranks fourth in the nation in field-goal percentage. Her 65.1-percent leads the league by nearly seven percentage points.
The Block is Hot
Southern Illinois’ CiCi Shannon owns the seventh-most blocks per game, swatting 3.7 shots each contest.
UNI’s Rachel Madrigal ranks 10th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, sporting a 3.0 assist/turnover ratio.