Inside the Bracket: Irish RPI is ailing

Originally Published: January 23, 2009
By Mike Hume | ESPN Insider
When it comes to scheduling in college basketball, there are weak opponents and there are bad opponents. The first kind merely provides boring tune-up games before the start of conference play. The other kind -- foes found in the dregs of D-1 -- are so bad it actually hurts, specifically in terms of RPI.

Playing teams in the 300s in the RPI can saddle teams with such a bad strength of schedule (SOS) that it could almost entirely negate playing in a premier pre-season tournament and an 18-game slate in the Big East. Just ask Notre Dame.