The math required to calculate the weekly Rating Percentage Index for men's basketball is complicated enough to require a computer program to do the number crunching at the NCAA's headquarters in Indianapolis.
Maryland's place in the NCAA tournament equation, though, is quite simple -- the Terps are precariously close to not being in it.
GEORGIA TECH @MARYLAND
SATURDAY, 4 P.M., CH. 54, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM
At this point in the season, the case for Maryland missing the NCAA tournament for a second straight season can easily be made:
5-6 record in the ACC during a season in which more than half the teams in the league are ranked worse than 50 in the Rating Percentage Index.
1-6 record against teams among the top 50 in RPI.
4-9 record against teams among the top 100 in RPI.
A 4-6 record in the past 10 games.
One win against a ranked opponent (then-No. 6 Boston College).
A road loss to Clemson, which ended the Tigers' five-game losing streak.
[ Heather A. Dinich]