RPI WATCH: 12/23/2010

His coach stuttered and stammered, that man named Bill Self,
And Bern laughed when she heard him, in spite of herself;
As St. Selby, after a good-natured bet,
Fired a halfcourt shot that was nothing but net;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to the lockers,
While his teammates made plans to go see "Little Fockers,"
And Pullen and Kelly enjoyed ill-gotten clothes,
Soon to learn, as Josh did, that Emmert always knows.

To be continued...

Things went pretty well for K-State on Wednesday, as far as its non-conference and conference opponents were concerned.

In non-con play, James Madison fended off Marshall; Gonzaga dispatched Xavier to stretch its winning streak to three; Washington State crushed Mississippi State, setting up a huge match-up with Baylor today in Hawaii; and Loyola posted a nice road win at UTPA. Also, Florida did not face-plant against Radford, so that was nice.

Meanwhile, Missouri and Texas blasted Illinois and Michigan State, raising once again the question of whether the Big Ten was massively overrated this season. Granted, Mizzou needed some help from its sixth man, John Higgins, to send the Illini to a third straight loss, but the Longhorns left no doubt who was the best team in East Lansing.

Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to congratulate KU on its first-ever Pac-10 championship. The Jayhawks absolutely dominated the league, going undefeated against conference opponents. Accepting Larry Scott's invitation was the best thing Lew Perkins ever did, if you ask me.

And just when I was starting to give Colorado some credit again, the Buffaloes lost to a New Mexico team that isn't as good as last year's. Yikes. Tad Boyle's bunch sure looks like a long shot even to get on the bubble. But hey, at least Texas Tech finally beat another team in its own state, right?

 

Associated Press Ranking = 11

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 11

Overall Record = 9-3

RPI = 10

SOS = 5

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = James Madison, Virginia Tech, Presbyterian, Gonzaga, Washington State

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • James Madison (9-3, 0-1 CAA) | RPI = 78: Win over Marshall (80-73)
  • Virginia Tech (6-4, 0-1 ACC) | RPI = 54
  • Presbyterian (6-6, 1-1 Big South) | RPI = 89
  • Gonzaga (7-5) | RPI = 61: Win over Xavier (64-54)
  • No. 1 Duke (11-0) | RPI = 4
  • Texas Southern (2-8) | RPI = 193: Loss at Arkansas (59-67)
  • Emporia State (7-4, 4-1 MIAA*)
  • Washington State (9-1) | RPI = 68: Win over Mississippi State (83-57 in the Diamond Head Classic)
  • Alcorn State (0-9) | RPI = 253
  • Loyola-Chicago (9-4, 0-2 Horizon League) | RPI = 223: Win at Texas-Pan American (84-76)
  • No. 20 Florida (9-3) | RPI = 23: Win over Radford (66-55)
  • UNLV (11-2) | RPI = 18
  • UMKC (7-4, 0-2 Summit League) | RPI = 264
  • North Florida (4-7, 1-1 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 131
  • Savannah State (1-13) | RPI = 338
  • Oklahoma State (11-1) | RPI = 42
  • Colorado (7-4) | RPI = 192: Loss to New Mexico (76-89 in the Las Vegas Classic)
  • Texas Tech (6-6) | RPI = 197: Win over Texas-Arlington (73-56)
  • No. 9 Missouri (11-1) | RPI = 31: Win over No. 21 Illinois (75-64 in the Busch Braggin' Rights Game)
  • No. 25 Texas A&M (11-1) | RPI = 28
  • No. 15 Baylor (8-1) | RPI = 124: Win over San Diego (83-50 in the Diamond Head Classic)
  • No. 3 Kansas (11-0) | RPI = 1: Win at Cal (78-63)
  • Nebraska (10-2) | RPI = 102
  • Iowa State (11-2) | RPI = 116
  • Oklahoma (6-6) | RPI = 177
  • No. 18 Texas (10-2) | RPI = 26: Win at No. 12 Michigan State (67-55)

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