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KANSAS STATE RPI WATCH: 12/18/14

In which Arizona, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and the entire Big 12 collect big non-conference wins, while Purdue suffers a disappointing loss at Vanderbilt and UMKC downs Nebraska-Omaha.

After Tennessee's upset win over then-No. 15 Butler last weekend, it now appears the Cats might have caught the Vols just as they were turning the corner.
After Tennessee's upset win over then-No. 15 Butler last weekend, it now appears the Cats might have caught the Vols just as they were turning the corner.
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Note: This entry recaps games played through last weekend. Early week action and updated AP rankings will be reported in Friday's installment of RPI WATCH.

On the whole, last weekend went very well for us, so let's start with the few losses and get them out of the way first.

Southern Utah suffered an expected road loss, Savannah State was doomed from the start, and one of Nebraska-Omaha and UMKC had to lose, so no harm there. But Purdue's loss to Vanderbilt was kind of a downer.

However, none of that mattered when weighed against the following:

  • Tennessee validated our loss in Knoxville by whooping a top-15 team at home. Maybe we just caught the Vols at a bad (and improving) time...
  • Arizona absolutely crushed a Michigan team that started the season in the polls.
  • Pittsburgh beat St. Bonaventure, which by itself might not seem like much, but apparently was enough to elevate the Panthers into the RPI Top 100 and eliminate our other "bad" loss for a time.
  • The Big 12 had an absolutely banner day, highlighted by a neutral-court win over a top-15 team (Kansas), a road win over a name program (Oklahoma State), another neutral win (West Virginia), another road win (Oklahoma), and continued home excellence by TCU, Texas and Texas Tech.

Overall Record = 6-4

Big 12 Record = 0-0

Top 50 Record = 0-1

RPI = 178

SOS = 221

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = none

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • Southern Utah (2-5, 0-0 Big Sky) | RPI = 327: Loss at Boise State (60-79)
  • UMKC (4-7, 0-0 WAC) | RPI = 287: Win over Nebraska-Omaha (79-72)
  • Long Beach State (5-6, 0-0 Big West) | RPI = 57
  • Purdue (8-3, 0-0 Big Ten) | RPI = 130: Loss at Vanderbilt (71-81)
  • No. 3 Arizona (10-0, 0-0 Pac-12) | RPI = 11: Win over Michigan (80-53)
  • Pittsburgh (6-3, 0-0 ACC) | RPI = 85: Win over St. Bonaventure (58-54)
  • Nebraska-Omaha (4-5, 0-0 Summit League) | RPI = 280: Loss at UMKC (72-79)
  • Tennessee (4-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 69: Win over No. 15 Butler (67-55)
  • Bradley (3-6, 0-0 Missouri Valley) | RPI = 284
  • Savannah State (3-8, 0-0 MEAC) | RPI = 254: Loss at Kansas State (53-73)
  • Texas A&M (7-2, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 55: Win over Youngstown State (81-63)
  • Texas Southern (1-7, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic) | RPI = 225
  • Georgia (5-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 54
  • Oklahoma State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 43: Win at Memphis (73-55)
  • TCU (10-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 72: Win over McNeese State (68-50)
  • No. 16 Oklahoma (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 29: Win at Tulsa (87-68)
  • Texas Tech (7-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 97: Win over Prairie View A&M (79-51)
  • Baylor (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 22
  • No. 14 Iowa State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 28: Win over Southern (88-78)
  • No. 22 West Virginia (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 37: Win over Marshall (69-66)
  • No. 10 Kansas (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 2: Win over No. 13 Utah (63-60)
  • No. 8 Texas (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 9: Win over Texas State (59-27)