Chicago has a chance to get in next year's rankings. After coming on board in season 1 w/ 11 open scholarships, then falling just short in my CT finals in season 2, I've made the NT each of the last 3 seasons. It will be a challenge to make the NT next year, but I never thought I'd make it this year after losing my initial 6 man recruiting class.
The Upstate conference has a couple of developing dynasties. A lot of rebuilding was done this year as many of us came in at the same time into near complete rebuilds. However we held the top conference rpi slot in the previous 2 seasons for whatever its worth. We should be back in the top 10-15 next season, then challenging for the top spot the following years.