The way things ended up:
Q: UTEP has an RPI of 44, which seems to indiate an 11 seed. The only argument against them is their strength of schedule, which makes up 50 percent of the RPI formula that says they should be 11th. Why 13th?
Hypothetical A: We look at lots of different factors and just feel that a 13 was the best fit for them.
The way things would have gone if they had lost to Tulane, leaving their RPI in the low 50s:
Q: Why did you leave a 28-4 regular-season champion from one of the better mid-majors out of the tournament?