RPI gains


Following back-to-back wins over Arkansas and South Carolina, Florida jumped from 79 to 62 in the latest weekly men’s college basketball Ratings Percentage Index.

The RPI measures a team’s record as it relates to its strength of schedule. Florida is 14-5 with a strength of schedule that ranks 87th out of 347 Division I teams.

Florida’s RPI has a chance to jump significantly in the coming weeks. The Gators still have Kentucky (RPI 7), Xavier (RPI 13) and Tennessee twice (RPI 15) remaining on the schedule. Florida also has upcoming matchups with Vanderbilt (RPI 27), Mississippi (RPI 30) and Mississippi State (RPI 53).

Two spots down from Florida is Marshall at 64. The Thundering Herd are having a fine third season under head coach Donnie Jones, a former UF assistant. Marshall is 13-4 overall and 4-1 in Conference USA.