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Time to recognize those Eagles
GSU has best RPI in SoCon, state
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    Yes, it’s still early in the season, but Jeff Price admits he was a little surprised to see exactly how high the Eagles’ Ratings Percentage Index climbed this week.
    The Georgia Southern men’s basketball team, riding a six-game winning streak, currently owns the highest RPI (66th of 341 teams) in the Southern Conference. RPI is a national ranking based on winning percentage and strength of schedule used to help select and seed schools for the 65-team NCAA tournament.
    Earlier this week, the Eagles’ RPI soared to 46, which was believed to be highest in Price’s nine seasons at the helm.
    “Granted it’s only seven games into the season, but I think it speaks well for our program and what we are doing right now,” the Georgia Southern coach said. “We’ve played a pretty good schedule, and we’re having success.”
    As for RPIs of other SoCon schools, the closest teams behind the Eagles were the College of Charleston (102), Wofford (104) and Davidson (130). GSU also had the best RPI in the state of Georgia, ahead of both Georgia Tech (76) and UGA (177).
    “It’s hard to keep your RPI at 46 in our conference, but I’m still very pleased that we get that type of acknowledgement for playing well,” Price said.
    Georgia Southern cracked the Top 25 this week, ranking 20th in the mid-major poll. No. 8 Davidson is the only other ranked SoCon team.
    The Eagles (6-1, 2-0) were off this week for exams and will end an eight-day layoff Monday with a 7:30 p.m. non-conference home game against Fort Valley State. GSU has won six straight since a season-opening loss at Florida State, its best start since the 1991-92 season.
    Georgia Southern is gearing up for next Saturday’s game with two-time defending national champion Florida at 3 p.m. in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Alex Pellegrino can be reached at (912) 489-9413.