In light of VCU’s recent departure to the Atlantic 10 (15), here’s a quick comparison of men’s basketball RPIs from the 2011-12 season. I know that college basketball goes in cycles and that the A10 might not always be as good as it was last year, while the CAA would (theoretically) be better than it was last year. But this information plays a huge role in VCU’s decision. The A10 had eight (EIGHT!) top 100 teams last year. The Pac-12 and ACC each had six top 100 teams last year. While the league is losing Temple (and Charlotte) after next season, picking up VCU and Butler is plenty reason to believe there will be little drop-off.

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