By the numbers: WKU women’s last year in Sun Belt, future in C-USA

Now that the Western Kentucky women’s basketball team’s season and membership in the Sun Belt Conference are over, I thought I’d take a look back at their opponents this year and what to expect from Conference USA next season.

The Lady Toppers (24-9) faced 21 different opponents in the 2013-14 season. All of these figures are based on the NCAA’s latest RPI rating update March 17.

Average RPI of 2013-14 opponents: 204

WKU’s final RPI rating: 107

Average RPI of nonconference opponents, including Baylor in NCAA tourney: 178

Best RPI nonconference win: Northern Kentucky (153)

Worst RPI nonconference loss: Ball State (132)

Average RPI of Sun Belt Conference opponents: 240

Best RPI conference win: Arkansas State (114), in Sun Belt tournament final

Worst RPI conference loss: South Alabama (316)

Top-1oo RPI teams faced: Three, all losses — Baylor (7), Louisville (8), Vanderbilt (43)

Overall win-loss record of opponents: 311-330

Win-loss record of nonconference foes: 194-174

Win-loss record of conference foes (does not include WKU): 117-156

Top-100 RPI teams in Sun Belt Conference: Zero

Top-150 RPI teams in Sun Belt Conference: Three (WKU at 107, Arkansas State at 114, UALR at 139)

Sun Belt teams in the postseason: Two (WKU to NCAA tournament, Arkansas State to WNIT)

Postseason wins by Sun Belt teams: Zero

 

CONFERENCE USA

Average RPI of Conference USA teams: 146

Overall record of C-USA teams: 274-220

Conference USA teams in postseason: Seven (MTSU in NCAA tournament, six in WNIT)

Postseason wins by C-USA teams: Four, so far (all in Women’s NIT)

Top-100 RPI teams in Conference USA: Four (MTSU at 17, So. Miss at 30, UTEP AT 59, East Carolina at 94)

Top-150 RPI teams in Conference USA: Eight (MTSU, So. Miss, UTEP, E. Carolina, Tulane, Charlotte, Old Dominion, UAB)

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