Impact Games are games that can move a team up or down the RPI Ladder (increase or decrease RPI Rank).
Direct Impact Games are head-to-head matchups for the team.
Indirect Impact Games are games that include a previous opponent of the team and impact the team's SOS component of RPI.
Late in the season, Indirect Impact Games may only have a small impact on a team's RPI Rank.
Normally, a win will increase a team's RPI Rank and a loss will decrease it, but sometimes when playing a really strong opponent a win or a loss will increase RPI Rank and when playing a much weaker opponent a win or a loss will decrease RPI Rank.
RPI Points are approximate.

RPI Ladder
RPI
Team
RPI Pts
Needed
1
Duke
2542
25
VCU
1900
50
Alabama
1519
75
Kent State
1326
100
Stanford
1173
125
Eastern Michigan
1002
150
Ohio
862
175
Prairie View A&M
745
200
Northern Illinois
615
225
Arkansas State
420
250
Southeastern Louisiana
334
275
Western Carolina
197
284
Appalachian State
136
285
North Alabama
124
286
South Alabama
124
287
Little Rock
108
288
Arkansas-Pine Bluff
107
289
Elon
105
290
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
94
291
Fordham
88
292
Tulane
88
293
VMI
75
294
Jacksonville
70
295
Charlotte
62
296
Grambling
60
297
Tennessee State
55
298
Nicholls State
50
299
Columbia
32
300
Alabama State
6
301
Mount Saint Mary's
4
302
Cal State Northridge
2
303
UTEP
-
304
North Dakota
-1
305
Tennessee-Martin
-12
306
Oral Roberts
-26
307
Southeast Missouri
-54
308
Northwestern State
-55
309
Northern Arizona
-58
310
Niagara
-62
311
Manhattan
-66
312
Longwood
-74
313
Bethune-Cookman
-75
314
Milwaukee
-78
315
North Carolina Central
-87
316
Florida A&M
-89
317
Bryant
-104
318
Cleveland State
-106
319
Tennessee Tech
-121
320
SIUE
-123
321
Maine
-141
322
Central Arkansas
-144
325
Denver
-177
353
Delaware State
-839
Direct Impact Games
CUSA TV
Final/1OT 1 2 OT T
» Rice
(9-17, 6-9 Conference USA)
20 43 22 85
UTEP
(6-18, 3-12 Conference USA)
37 26 18 81
Don Haskins Center (El Paso, TX)
Win: 30 RPI Points
Loss: -59 RPI Points
Indirect (SOS) Impact Games