I was very surprised to see that the State women were invited to the WNIT 2013 with an overall record of 16 and 16, a WarrenNolan's RPI of 112 and an SOS of 64. Prior to the ACC tournament, I figured that State would have to make it to the finals to get a bid to the WNIT, but I had forgotten that the WNIT had moved to taking 64 teams. With that in mind, one can see that between the NCAAT and the WNIT, one hundred and twenty-eight teams are needed (a quick look at the women's NCAAT bracket shows that only 64 teams are invited).
I took a look at State's eight team pod and at their first round game Thursday. State has the top SOS (all information is taken from WarrenNolan) in the pod. State plays Richmond in their first game, and the game will be in Raleigh. Richmond beat State in December of 2011 in Raleigh 72-58, so beating Richmond (16-15; RPI 103; SOS 76) is no given.
Boston University (23-5; RPI 57; SOS 197) , Sacred Heart (22-10; RPI 117; SOS 267), Fordham (24-8; RPI 70; SOS 152), Army (21-8; RPI 157; SOS 328), JMU (22-10; RPI 71; SOS 85), NC A&T (21-9; RPI 138; SOS 316) , State and Richmond are in State's eight team pod with Boston (23-5) having the lowest RPI at 57. However, as shown above, Boston's SOS is 197. Truthfully, I don't know the rhyme or reason for seeding teams in the WNIT, but I do think that money has a lot to do with where a game is played.
Being invited to the WNIT with an overall record of 16-16 is not much to get excited about, but its better than staying at home. Last year I attended State's second round game against Appalachian State, a game in which State lost 66-62. I made the day a double "hitter" watching most of a baseball game and then walking over to Reynolds for the women's WNIT game. The game was sparsely attended, old Reynolds was very hot on a warm day, and, well, one should be able to finish my thought.