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Saint Mary's No. 1 In The RPI; WCC Ranked No. 9

Dec. 10, 2007

SAINT MARY'S NO. 1 IN THE RPI

The undefeated Saint Mary's Gaels enter the week ranked No. 1 in the RPI. Saint Mary's defeated San Diego State, 69-64, on Saturday in the John Wooden Classic to improve to 7-0 on the season. The Gaels are off to their best start since the 1988-89 season when the team posted a 9-0 record to open the year. The Gaels, who should move into the top 25 polls later today, have already notched some very impressive non-conference wins. The Gaels' resume includes wins over then-No. 11 Oregon (99-87), San Diego State (69-64), Seton Hall (85-70), and Drake (72-66). Saint Mary's faces yet another tough challenge as the Gaels travel to Southern Illinois to take on the Salukis on Tuesday (12/11).

WCC RANKED NO. 9 IN THE RPI

Led by Saint Mary's, the WCC is ranked No. 9 in the latest RPI report. The No. 9 ranking marks the fourth consecutive season that the WCC has been ranked in the top 10 of the RPI, including a conference-best No. 7 ranking to end the 2004-05 season. The Gonzaga Bulldogs join the Gaels in the RPI top 25 with a No. 23 rating. The WCC is just outside the top seven as the Conference trails the Missouri Valley Conference, which holds the No. 8 slot, by just .0084, and is just .0098 points away from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The WCC has built its No. 9 RPI rating by playing one of the toughest cumulative schedules in the country. According to the RPI, WCC teams have combined to play the fourth toughest non-conference schedule in the nation.

WCC AND THE RPI BY THE NUMBERS
1: Saint Mary's is ranked No. 1 In the RPI.
2: The WCC boasts two teams in the RPI top 25 in Saint Mary's and Gonzaga (No. 23).
4: The WCC has played the fourth toughest non-conference schedule in the country.
9: The WCC's RPI rating, marking the fourth consecutive season the league has earned a top 10 rating.