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UNM's nonconference schedule

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UNM’s nonconference schedule

Incentive bucks

What are RPI and SOS?

UNM nonconference men’s basketball schedule

2011-12 opponent            Date         2010-11 RPI*

New Orleans                        Nov. 11     unranked#

New Mexico State                 Nov. 16     146

at Arizona State                   Nov. 18     156

vs. Santa Clara*                  Nov. 24     120

vs. Oklahoma

or Washington State@           Nov. 25     132/70

vs. Villanova/UC Riverside@    Nov. 27     44/263

or St. Louis or Boston Col.@  Nov. 27     184/61

Idaho State                          Nov. 30     302

Missouri State                       Dec. 3       39

at USC                                 Dec. 10      73

vs Oklahoma State %            Dec. 17      58

Montana State                       Dec. 20      264

UMKC                                   Dec. 22      211

at New Mexico State               Dec. 28     146

St. Louis                                Dec. 31     184

Houston Baptist                      Jan. 3        345

North Dakota                         Jan. 7        272

(* rpiratings.com on 4/5/2011)

# – non-RPI game

@- 76 Classic in Anaheim

% – in Oklahoma City

Incentives reached in 2010-11 season by UNM coach Steve Alford, in addition to his more than $1 million per-year salary
Strength of schedule: $10,000
Team grade-point average above 2.7: $10,000
APR above 925: $10,000
A win over a top-20 team: $10,000
20-win season: $10,000

Still to be determined:
Graduation rate of 50 percent – $10,000

Ratings Percentage Index (RPI): A computer ranking based upon a team’s wins and losses and its strength of schedule. It aids in selecting and seeding the NCAA Tournament field. It comprises a team’s winning percentage (25%), its opponents’ winning percentage (50%), and the winning percentage of those opponents’ opponents (25%).
Strength of schedule (SOS): A combination of the opponents’ winning percentage, as well those of the opponents’ opponents. Thus, the SOS accounts for 75% of a team’s RPI, making a strong schedule virtually a must for NCAA Tournament at-large consideration. Non-Division I teams (such as Northwood) are not considered in any RPI formulas, or a team’s Division I record.

— This article appeared on page D7 of the Albuquerque Journal

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