As tournament selection day nears, the RPI (rating percentage index) becomes a major measuring stick used by the NCAA for selecting and seeding the field.
This early in the season, though, it is a strange metric. According to the mirror site rpiratings.com, UTEP is currently 116th, which is third among C-USA schools behind Tulane (42nd) and UAB (96th).
The leader of those rankings? Try Delaware, which is 10-1. Undefeated Baylor, a unanimous No. 1 in both polls, is fifth, three spots behind a three-loss Tennessee team it beat.
As C-USA play tips off, the top of the standings look similar to the pre-season coaches poll with two big exceptions - Rice and UCF. The Owls, picked to finish second behind Memphis, are mid-pack at 6-7, while third-place pick UCF has the second worst record in the league at 6-7.
The only team worse is Houston, which went unbeaten the regular-season conference games last year, graduated four starters and is 1-11.
UTEP shares the best record, 11-2, with the team it was picked to finished tied for fourth with, Tulane. Preseason favorite Memphis is 9-3, as well as sixth-place selection UAB.
Tulane has the conference's best victory, beating then-No. 21 LSU 65-62 in overtime in the season's third game.