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RPI WATCH: 12/13/2009

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Sorry, guys. I accidentally set this to publish at 11:45 p.m. tonight when I meant for it to go last night. My bad.

Wow, what a Saturday.

I guess I'll start with us. I've adding a ranking indicator, because now that Xavier beat Cincinnati today (likely knocking them out of the Top 25), it's a 99-percent certainty that we will be ranked at this time tomorrow.

Meanwhile, our RPI is an eye-popping TWO. I don't think we're likely to top Duke anytime soon, so this basically is the pinnacle for our resume this year, at least from a numbers standpoint. Kudos to Frank Martin for drawing up a PERFECT non-conference schedule, one that now is ranked fourth, after briefly spiking at second last night.

UNLV was added to the ledger of Top 50 wins, and Wazzu's win over Air Force, coupled with playing us, moved the Cougars into the Top 100. That gives us six quality wins so far, and to that you can add Fort Hays State's movement into the Division II Top 25 last week. We've beaten some damn good teams.

What does all this mean? Barring an absolute collapse in Big 12 play, we're going to be in the NCAA Tournament. And if things keep up like this, we'll have a pretty high seed, too. We almost don't need this feature anymore — the resume speaks for itself. But I'll keep tracking everything, nonetheless.

Here's a little trivia for you: Four teams in the country have three RPI Top 50 wins. Who are they? Answers after the jump. Oh, and be sure to vote in my poll.

Answer: Georgetown, Kansas State, Texas, Villanova

Bonus Answer: Kansas has ZERO Top 50 wins. LOL!

Current Kansas State Ranking = TBD

Current Kansas State Record = 9-1

Current Kansas State RPI = 2

Current Kansas State SOS = 4

Great Wins (RPI 1-50) = Loyola, Dayton, UNLV

Solid Wins (RPI 51-100) = IUPUI, Washington State, Xavier

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • Loyola (6-2, 1-1) | RPI = 40: Win over San Francisco (66-63)
  • Western Illinois (4-6, 0-2) | RPI = 320: Loss to Eastern Illinois (44-41)
  • Boston (4-6) | RPI = 146: Win at Marist (88-72)
  • No. 25 Ole Miss (8-1) | RPI = 34: Win over McNeese State (83-67)
  • Dayton (7-2) | RPI = 24
  • IUPUI (8-3, 2-0) | RPI = 60: Win over Indiana-South Bend (92-56)
  • No. 22* FHSU (7-1): Win over Missouri Western (67-54)
  • Washington State (8-2) | RPI = 88: Win over Air Force (75-68)
  • Xavier (5-3) | RPI = 68
  • No. 18 UNLV (7-1) | RPI = 29: Loss to Kansas State (95-80)
  • Alabama (6-3) | RPI = 91: Loss to No. 5 Purdue (73-65)
  • UAPB (0-6) | RPI = 273
  • Cleveland State (4-6, 0-2) | RPI = 232: Win over Wilberforce (113-61)
  • South Dakota (5-4) | RPI = 119
  • Missouri (6-3) | RPI = 161: Win over Fairleigh Dickinson (87-36)
  • No. 16 Texas A&M (8-2) | RPI = 18: Loss to New Mexico (84-81)
  • Colorado (6-4) | RPI = 229
  • No. 2 Texas (8-0) | RPI = 5: Win over Texas State (87-54)
  • Oklahoma State (7-1) | RPI = 26
  • Baylor (7-1) | RPI = 105
  • No. 1 Kansas (9-0) | RPI = 21: Win over La Salle (90-65)
  • Nebraska (7-2) | RPI = 151: Win over Oregon State (50-44)
  • Iowa State (7-3) | RPI = 155
  • Oklahoma (7-3) | RPI = 142: Win at Utah (78-73 in overtime)
  • No. 23 Texas Tech (9-0) | RPI = 18

*Division II Top 25