The NCAA released its first look at the RPI rankings for the 2017 season on Monday, and Maryland and Johns Hopkins are both in the Top 10.
The Terps (5-2) are ranked No. 8, and the Blue Jays (5-3) are No. 10. They are ahead of North Carolina (11th-ranked, 5-4) Villanova (13th, 5-4) and Army (18th, 8-1) for coveted at-large berths to the NCAA tournament.
But Maryland and Johns Hopkins do trail three other Big Ten schools. Penn State (9-0) sits at No. 5, Rutgers (8-1) at No. 6, and Ohio State (9-1) at No. 7.
Notre Dame (5-1) is atop the rankings and is followed by Denver (6-2), Syracuse (6-1), and Hofstra (8-0).
Among area programs, Towson (4-3) is ranked No. 21, UMBC (3-5) is No. 27, Loyola Maryland (5-4) is No. 39, Navy (4-6) is No. 44, and Mount St. Mary's (2-5) is No. 47.
The RPI -- short for Rating Percentage Index -- is a numerical system weighing a team's winning percentage, strength of schedule and opponents' strength of schedule. While there are other factors that can play a role in a school's inclusion (or exclusion) from the NCAA tournament, the RPI remains an important tool for the selection committee.