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RPI WATCH: 1/21/2011

As is usual, Thursday night's games represented a mixed bag of results for K-State's RPI and SOS.

Positives included North Florida climbing back to .500 in conference play, UMKC's double-overtime survival of IUPUI, Virginia Tech's surprisingly dominant win at Maryland and Washington State's crushing of Arizona State.

I suppose you could lump Florida's 45-40 victory at Auburn in there, too, but I didn't because it was one of the ugliest basketball games I've ever witnessed in my life.

The Gators set a new record-low for scoring in the Billy Donovan era and set offensive basketball back about 50 years with their 2-of-21 mark from 3-point range with two minutes remaining in the game.

Like Florida, Gonzaga trailed for most of the game in its visit to Santa Clara, a place from which the Bulldogs have escaped several times before with narrow victories. Well, when you play with fire too much, you eventually get burned.

This time, the fire-starter was Broncos guard Kevin Foster, who scored a career-high 36 points on 11-of-20 shooting and buried nearly every shot in the final five minutes in blowing open what had been a close game to that point.

A similarly disappointing result was Presbyterian's overtime loss at home to High Point.

Associated Press Ranking = 28

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 24

Overall Record = 13-6

Big 12 Record = 1-3

RPI = 53

SOS = 26

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

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

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • James Madison (15-4, 5-2 CAA) | RPI = 63
  • Virginia Tech (12-5, 3-2 ACC) | RPI = 68: Win at Maryland (74-57)
  • Presbyterian (8-12, 2-6 Big South) | RPI = 165: Loss to High Point (60-64 in overtime)
  • Gonzaga (13-6, 3-1 WCC) | RPI = 55: Loss at Santa Clara (71-85)
  • No. 5 Duke (17-1, 4-1 ACC) | RPI = 7
  • Texas Southern (7-9, 5-0 SWAC) | RPI = 176
  • Emporia State (9-8, 6-5 MIAA*)
  • Washington State (14-5, 4-3 Pac-10) | RPI = 58: Win over Arizona State (78-61)
  • Alcorn State (1-15, 1-5 SWAC) | RPI = 320
  • Loyola-Chicago (11-8, 2-6 Horizon League) | RPI = 185
  • Florida (14-4, 3-1 SEC) | RPI = 19: Win at Auburn (45-40)
  • UNLV (14-5, 2-3 Mountain West) | RPI = 32
  • UMKC (11-8, 4-4 Summit League) | RPI = 220: Win over IUPUI (85-77 in double overtime)
  • North Florida (7-12, 4-4 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 143: Win at Kennesaw State (71-56)
  • Savannah State (3-17) | RPI = 297
  • Oklahoma State (14-4, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 36
  • Colorado (14-5, 3-1 Big 12) | RPI = 77
  • Texas Tech (8-11, 0-4 Big 12) | RPI = 211
  • No. 14 Missouri (16-3, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 30
  • No. 10 Texas A&M (16-2, 3-1 Big 12) | RPI = 16
  • Baylor (12-5, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 102
  • No. 2 Kansas (18-0, 3-0 Big 12) | RPI = 1
  • Nebraska (14-4, 2-2 Big 12) | RPI = 89
  • Iowa State (14-5, 1-3 Big 12) | RPI = 88
  • Oklahoma (9-9, 1-3 Big 12) | RPI = 189
  • No. 11 Texas (15-3, 3-0 Big 12) | RPI = 25

*Division II