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RPI WATCH: 1/4/2011

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Monday was another successful day for K-State opponents — the only one to lose, obviously, was Savannah State.

Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State all cruised easily in their final home tuneups before conference play.

Texas A&M, however, struggled at home for the second consecutive home game, failing to put Nicholls State away until late in the game. I don't think the Aggies are in any trouble, though — they're probably just bored.

And in non-conference action, James Madison collected its 11th win of the season over Northeastern, propelling the Dukes toward what I think will be an NCAA Tournament appearance as long as they take care of business in the CAA, while Florida dispatched Rhode Island, which was a bubble team last year, by 25 points in Gainesville.

One last surprising score: Although not directly related to our RPI, Butler's stunning 24-point loss at Wisconsin-Milwaukee will have an effect on the RPIs of Duke and Washington State.

The Bulldogs looked like world-beaters in Hawai'i and I thought they were destined to re-enter the polls for sure. So much for that. Baffling.

Associated Press Ranking = 17

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 17

Overall Record = 12-3

RPI = 28

SOS = 36

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 (11-3, 1-1 CAA) | RPI = 48: Win over Northeastern (75-69)
  • Virginia Tech (9-4, 0-1 ACC) | RPI = 61
  • Presbyterian (7-8, 1-2 Big South) | RPI = 81
  • Gonzaga (10-5) | RPI = 44
  • No. 1 Duke (13-0, 1-0 ACC) | RPI = 8
  • Texas Southern (2-9) | RPI = 156
  • Emporia State (8-4, 5-1 MIAA*)
  • Washington State (10-4, 0-2 Pac-10) | RPI = 59
  • Alcorn State (0-10) | RPI = 225
  • Loyola-Chicago (10-5, 1-3 Horizon League) | RPI = 168
  • Florida (11-3) | RPI = 13: Win over Rhode Island (84-59)
  • No. 25 UNLV (12-2) | RPI = 22
  • UMKC (8-6, 1-3 Summit League) | RPI = 244
  • North Florida (4-9, 1-1 Atlantic Sun) | RPI = 131
  • Savannah State (2-15) | RPI = 311: Loss at No. 17 Kansas State (61-92)
  • Oklahoma State (12-2) | RPI = 39: Win over UTSA (79-63)
  • Colorado (10-4) | RPI = 130
  • Texas Tech (7-7) | RPI = 200
  • No. 9 Missouri (13-1) | RPI = 32
  • No. 16 Texas A&M (13-1) | RPI = 30: Win over Nicholls State (66-55)
  • Baylor (9-3) | RPI = 157
  • No. 3 Kansas (13-0) | RPI = 2
  • Nebraska (11-2) | RPI = 104: Win over North Dakota (77-46)
  • Iowa State (13-2) | RPI = 97: Win over Northern Illinois (72-63)
  • Oklahoma (8-6) | RPI = 209: Win over Maryland-Eastern Shore (73-49)
  • No. 12 Texas (11-2) | RPI = 36

*Division II