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KANSAS STATE RPI WATCH: 11/26/14

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In which the Maui Invitational gets under way and Maryland exposes Iowa State.

So close, and yet so far...
So close, and yet so far...
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I don't plan to recap the Maui Invitational overly much, as I imagine most K-State fans are watching or at least following the results of most of the games. Suffice it to say that the two best teams are meeting for the title.

K-State has a huge need-to-win game tonight against a Pittsburgh team that is a mirror of the Cats in a lot of ways. The Panthers basically received a first-round bye and were not really competitive against San Diego State.

As I write this, Purdue is leading BYU, which would be very helpful for our RPI, while Missouri's win over Chaminade was thoroughly inconsequential. I am so relieved neither of those will have any direct impact on our schedule.

In other tournament action, Iowa State's weaknesses were exposed by Mark Turgeon, of all coaches, proving why the Cyclones were picked only fifth in the league, contrary to the consternation of some ESPN "analysts."

Oklahoma State advanced to the "championship" of the weakest tournament field I've ever seen, which I guess is good for them, while the four Texas teams all dominated inferior competition at home.

In non-con action, Savannah State came back to earth in a painful way at Louisville, while Nebraska-Omaha fell just a little short of its second straight road win over a Power 5 team. Too bad. I hate Nebrasketball.

Overall Record = 3-2

Big 12 Record = 0-0

Top 50 Record = 0-1

RPI = 165

SOS = 185

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = none

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = Long Beach State

  • Southern Utah (0-3, 0-0 Big Sky) | RPI = 338
  • UMKC (2-3, 0-0 WAC) | RPI = 265
  • Long Beach State (2-3, 0-0 Big West) | RPI = 105
  • Purdue (4-1, 0-0 Big Ten) | RPI = 177: Loss to Kansas State (79-88) and win over Missouri (82-61) in the Maui Invitational
  • No. 3 Arizona (5-0, 0-0 Pac-12) | RPI = 37: Wins over Missouri (72-53) and Kansas State (72-68) in the Maui Invitational
  • Missouri (2-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 195: Losses to No. 3 Arizona (53-72) and Purdue (61-82) in the Maui Invitational
  • BYU (4-1, 0-0 West Coast) | RPI = 34: Loss to No. 15 San Diego State (87-92) in double overtime and win over Chaminade (121-85) in the Maui Invitational
  • Chaminade (2-2, 0-0 PacWest) | RPI = N/A: Losses to Pittsburgh (68-81) and BYU (85-121) in the Maui Invitational
  • Pittsburgh (3-2, 0-0 ACC) | RPI = 156: Win over Chaminade (81-68) and loss to No. 15 San Diego State (57-74) in the Maui Invitational
  • No. 15 San Diego State (5-0, 0-0 Mountain West) | RPI = 20: Wins over BYU (92-87) in double overtime and Pittsburgh (74-57) in the Maui Invitational
  • Nebraska-Omaha (2-2, 0-0 Summit League) | RPI = 185: Loss at Nebraska (67-80)
  • Tennessee (1-1, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 302
  • Bradley (2-2, 0-0 Missouri Valley) | RPI = 287: Win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (52-38)
  • Savannah State (2-2, 0-0 MEAC) | RPI = 191: Loss at No. 6 Louisville (26-87)
  • Texas A&M (4-1, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 248
  • Texas Southern (0-4, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic) | RPI = 335
  • Georgia (3-1, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 116
  • Oklahoma State (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 67: Win over Oregon State (66-53) in the MGM Grand Main Event
  • TCU (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 158: Win over Mississippi Valley State (106-53)
  • Oklahoma (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 253
  • Texas Tech (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 126: Win over Northwestern State (75-64)
  • Baylor (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 95: Win over Stephen F. Austin (67-51)
  • No. 13 Iowa State (3-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 17: Win over Alabama (84-74) and loss to Maryland (63-72) in the CBE Classic
  • No. 21 West Virginia (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 16
  • No. 11 Kansas (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 154: Win over Rider (87-60)
  • No. 7 Texas (5-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 44: Win over St. Francis (Pa.) (78-46)