RPI Watch:  2.24.13

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4 games left in the regular season with the Cats tied for the conference lead.

I'm skipping the big table this week because our opponents fall into 2 categories, good and not so good. The good opponents are Michigan, Gonzaga, Florida, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa State and Baylor. All of the other opponents have an RPI above 100, or for 8 of the teams K-State played above 200. This wide range of opponent's ability has helped the Cats this year as they have improved over the course of the season such that unless they play bad, they will have an opportunity to win games.

The RPI improved 1 spot over the last week and 1 spot in the week before that. Unless the Cats lose to Tech or TCU, I don't see the RPI moving much one way or the other.

The two games @Baylor and @OSU will require everyone on the team to make great effort. Some of the sloppy play that K-State displayed early in the game against Texas can cause temporary trailing in score or a loss. Even not focusing on the games against Texas Tech and TCU, could result in a loss. The goal of the team for the Tech and TCU games should be that everyone on the bench plays for at least 5 minutes.

The bracket matrix has K-State as the second 4 this week, with Marquette just behind the Cats. Monday's game will probably see the Cats hold steady if they win and fall to a 8 if they lose. This S-curve for the tournament is interesting.

Overall Record: 22-5

Big XII Record: 11-3

RPI: 20

SOS:58

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) : Florida, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, @Oklahoma

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) : Iowa State, Baylor

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) : none

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