If you recall way back in November the strength of schedule through the first 7 games of the season was of paramount importance for some, still undefined reason.
The Cards win over Butler to kick off the season quickly lost its luster as the national runner's up stumbled out of the gate. And Louisville ran UNLV out of the Top 25 after falling in the Kayefseum.
Since teams across the country are polishing their resumes, it's worth revisiting the successes and failures of those early foes. Butler, while no mid-major darling this year, has been steadily climbing the rankings after a slow start and is currently being placed in the "last four in" group for at-large bids. They currently have an RPI of 44 and are trending upwards. UNLV, also, has had a strong season and sits with an RPI of 28, is trending upwards, and is projected as an 8 seed in the tournament.
Even Drexel, lowly Drexel, that caused the Cardinals so much grief, has a solid RPI of 71.
The Cards worst loss, from a personal and statistical perspective, remains the Providence Friars with an RPI of 131.