SAN FRANCISCO – For the first time ever, the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Sport Committee provided a sneak peek in regard to their current thought process on Monday, providing the first of three February top-10 rankings in seed order. Boasting the No. 1 RPI in the country, the Pac-12 teams had three teams in the top 10, the most for any league in the nation, with ARIZONA STATE coming in at No. 7, followed by No. 8 OREGON STATE and No. 10 UCLA.
Ranked No. 8 in the latest Associated Press poll also released on Monday, the Sun Devils are tied for first in the Pac-12 with a 9-1 league record. Last year’s Pac-12 regular-season champion, OSU is tied with the Sun Devils at 9-1.
No. 14 in the AP poll, UCLA is currently third in the Pac-12 after sweeping Colorado and Utah over the weekend. The Bruins are on a five-game winning streak and are 8-2 in league action.
The Pac-12 has the top Conference RPI in the nation with the league featuring four teams in the top 10 of the most recent RPI posted today. No other conference has as many top-10 RPI teams. Five teams are also in the top 16 and 11 are in the top 100.
The Feb. 1 ranking is the first of three times the potential seeding will be announced during February, with future ranking dates coming up again on the 15th and 29th. The initial announcement on each of those days will take place at halftime of the Big Monday games taking place on ESPN2. The three February announcements will have no bearing on the final bracket that will be revealed on Selection Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.