With one game left on its nonconference schedule, N.C. State sits No. 111 in the RPI. Normally, the strength of the ACC schedule would boost that number but half of the ACC teams rank 111 or lower in the latest RPI.
The Wolfpack went 0-4 against the major conference teams on its nonconference schedule and Wednesday's game with Elon (No. 227) is unlikely to help the Pack's computer cause.
N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe noticed the sagging RPI numbers for the ACC but said his team can't worry about that.
"We have to just concentrate on what we're doing and win as many games as we can," Lowe said. "I know earlier [this season], our RPI was pretty good, and now it's gone down. If we do what we're capable of doing, then that will take care of itself."
State's first ACC game is Saturday against Wake Forest, which ranks No. 270 in the RPI. The good news for the Pack is it has nine games against the six teams ranked in the top 100.
Lowe said despite only one ACC being ranked in the top 25 polls and with four ACC teams in the top 30 of the RPI, the league is still formidable.
"[ACC] games are still important," Lowe said. "Our conference is still tough."
ACC in the RPI:
111. N.C. State
270. Wake Forest
Rankings from collegerpi.com