Welcome to the first RPI WATCH of the new year!
It just goes from bad to worse for the almost certainly NIT-bound Oklahoma Sooners, who actually turned in a halfway respectable loss to the best team on their non-conference schedule -- for all the good it did them. But hey, at least Tiny Gallon put on a show, right?
Meanwhile, Ooey-Pooey netted a nice road win over Ipfoo and former K-State player Deilvez Yearby. The Jaguars are 3-0 and in first place in the Summit League. Perhaps that win at Sprint Center was better than we gave it credit for at the time.
Loyola of Chicago also grabbed a hard-fought win over a conference foe, downing Wright State by a point. That keeps Loyola in contention in the Horizon League. It's looking more and more as though the high RPIs of IUPUI and Loyola are not a fluke, and they might remain Top 100 for a while.
One damaging loss for us was Washington State's home defeat by Oregon. The Cougars pretty much got screwed out of a win in the first overtime, but they certainly didn't channel that adversity well, falling in the second overtime. It would be nice if the Coogs could step up and win a crappy Pac-10, but they're probably still too young to beat the likes of Cal, USC and Washington.
Current Kansas State AP Ranking = 12
Current Kansas State Record = 12-1
Current Kansas State RPI = 3
Current Kansas State SOS = 14
Great Wins (RPI 1-50) = Loyola, Dayton, Xavier, UNLV
Solid Wins (RPI 51-100) = IUPUI, Washington State, Alabama
Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none
Loyola (11-2, 2-1) | RPI = 46: Win over Wright State (53-52)
Western Illinois (5-7, 0-3) | RPI = 313: Loss at Oakland (75-63)
- Boston (5-7) | RPI = 154
- No. 16 Ole Miss (11-2) | RPI = 28
- Dayton (10-2) | RPI = 27
IUPUI (10-5, 3-0) | RPI = 61: Win at IPFW (79-69)
- No. 13* FHSU (9-1)
Washington State (10-3, 0-1) | RPI = 83: Loss to Oregon (91-89 in double overtime)
- Xavier (8-4) | RPI = 41
- UNLV (12-2) | RPI = 33
- Alabama (9-4) | RPI = 78
- UAPB (0-11) | RPI = 205
- Cleveland State (4-10, 0-2) | RPI = 221
- South Dakota (6-6) | RPI = 216
- Missouri (10-3) | RPI = 87
- No. 19 Texas A&M (9-3) | RPI = 18
- Colorado (8-4) | RPI = 220
- No. 2 Texas (12-0) | RPI = 5
- Oklahoma State (11-1) | RPI = 40
- Baylor (10-1) | RPI = 74
- No. 1 Kansas (12-0) | RPI = 13
- Nebraska (10-3) | RPI = 99
- Iowa State (9-3) | RPI = 120
Oklahoma (8-5) | RPI = 112: Loss at Gonzaga (83-69)
- No. 20 Texas Tech (10-2) | RPI = 34
*Division II Top 25