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RPI WATCH: 1/23/2011

As is usual for Sunday recaps, I will discuss non-conference results only because conference games will be covered in BIG 12 OUTLOOK tonight.

It largely was a positive Saturday for us, which will be increasingly important if K-State continues to falter.

Only a strong non-conference resume will keep us on the right side of the bubble if we keep dropping conference games like we have been.

Yesterday's winners were Duke, Emporia State, Florida, Loyola, North Florida, Presbyterian, Texas Southern (still undefeated in SWAC play), UMKC, UNLV (its first conference win at home this season) and Virginia Tech.

Of the losers, Alcorn State is of little concern because the Braves are abysmal, but the real disappointments came from an opponent named after a president and two more that hail from a state named after a different president.

James Madison's two-point home loss to George Mason means the Dukes have dropped two straight CAA games, which all but eliminates them from the conference race thanks to their tiebreaker loss to Old Dominion.

Likewise, Gonzaga has dropped two straight conference road games this week — its first loss at Santa Clara in 11 years and yesterday's disaster at San Francisco, a somewhat abominable team, in overtime.

And then there's Washington State. Our win in Pullman looks a little less impressive when Arizona can waltz in, two days removed from a beat-down in Seattle, and win by two. The Cougars now are 4-4 in a watered-down Pac-10.

Associated Press Ranking = 28

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 24

Overall Record = 13-7

Big 12 Record = 1-4

RPI = 50

SOS = 19

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 (15-5, 5-3 CAA) | RPI = 75: Loss to George Mason (73-75)
  • Virginia Tech (13-5, 3-2 ACC) | RPI = 62: Win over Longwood (70-52)
  • Presbyterian (9-12, 3-6 Big South) | RPI = 171: Win over Radford (67-61)
  • Gonzaga (13-7, 3-2 WCC) | RPI = 67: Loss at San Francisco (91-96 in overtime)
  • No. 5 Duke (18-1, 5-1 ACC) | RPI = 10: Win at Wake Forest (83-59)
  • Texas Southern (8-9, 6-0 SWAC) | RPI = 180: Win at Arkansas-Pine Bluff (50-43)
  • Emporia State (10-8, 7-5 MIAA*): Win at Northwest Missouri* (74-62)
  • Washington State (14-6, 4-4 Pac-10) | RPI = 68: Loss to No. 25 Arizona (63-65)
  • Alcorn State (1-16, 1-6 SWAC) | RPI = 328: Loss at Alabama A&M (55-64)
  • Loyola-Chicago (12-8, 3-6 Horizon League) | RPI = 195: Win over Illinois-Chicago (68-59)
  • Florida (15-4, 4-1 SEC) | RPI = 19: Win over Arkansas (75-43)
  • UNLV (15-5, 3-3 Mountain West) | RPI = 31: Win over New Mexico (63-62)
  • UMKC (12-8, 5-4 Summit League) | RPI = 217: Win over Western Illinois (55-46)
  • North Florida (8-12, 5-4 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 137: Win at Mercer (74-64)
  • Savannah State (3-17) | RPI = 301
  • Oklahoma State (14-5, 2-3 Big 12) | RPI = 40: Loss at Baylor (57-76)
  • Colorado (14-6, 3-2 Big 12) | RPI = 84: Loss at Oklahoma (60-67)
  • Texas Tech (9-11, 1-4 Big 12) | RPI = 188: Win over Nebraska (72-71)
  • No. 14 Missouri (17-3, 3-2 Big 12) | RPI = 29: Win over Iowa State (87-54)
  • No. 10 Texas A&M (17-2, 4-1 Big 12) | RPI = 16: Win over No. 24 Kansas State (64-56)
  • Baylor (13-5, 3-2 Big 12) | RPI = 87: Win over Oklahoma State (76-57)
  • No. 2 Kansas (18-1, 3-1 Big 12) | RPI = 1: Loss to No. 11 Texas (63-74)
  • Nebraska (14-5, 2-3 Big 12) | RPI = 108: Loss at Texas Tech (71-72)
  • Iowa State (14-6, 1-4 Big 12) | RPI = 90: Loss at No. 14 Missouri (54-87)
  • Oklahoma (10-9, 2-3 Big 12) | RPI = 158: Win over Colorado (67-60)
  • No. 11 Texas (16-3, 4-0 Big 12) | RPI = 15: Win at No. 2 Kansas (74-63)

*Division II