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KANSAS STATE RPI WATCH: 12/26/14

In which Texas Southern stuns Michigan State, Texas dispatches Long Beach State, Purdue gets pounded, Oklahoma drops another close one, UMKC delivers its biggest stinker yet and Oklahoma State gets exposed.

Before its stunning home loss to Stanford, Texas was flying high and coming off a 10-point win over Long Beach State.
Before its stunning home loss to Stanford, Texas was flying high and coming off a 10-point win over Long Beach State.
Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Note: This entry recaps games played through last weekend. Early to midweek action will be reported in Saturday's installment of RPI WATCH.

Almost every opponent was in action last Friday, Saturday or Sunday, with two of them, Long Beach State and Texas, facing off in Austin to the tune of a 10-point Longhorns win.

On the whole, it was pretty ugly. Our first four opponents all lost — albeit it three on the road and two to ranked teams.

That triple-overtime home loss to Incarnate Word might have been UMKC's ugliest performance of the season, though.

The next four opponents all won over inferior teams, but none of them won by more than five points and Pittsburgh had to go to overtime to outlast Oakland at home. That's concerning.

As a whole, the Big 12 plus Georgia did quite well, netting quality wins against the Big East (Seton Hall), Missouri Valley (Drake) and ACC (N.C. State), but Maryland beat its second Big 12 victim of the season and Oklahoma lost another two-point heart-breaker on a road or neutral court. The Sooners just don't know how to close out games.

And then there was Texas Southern's stunning victory at Michigan State. While that might have some worried about Sunday's game, I think it's a good thing. There is no way the team will be overlooking the Tigers now.

Overall Record = 7-4

Big 12 Record = 0-0

Top 50 Record = 0-1

RPI = 124

SOS = 167

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

Quality Wins (RPI 31-100) = Texas A&M

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • Southern Utah (2-6, 0-0 Big Sky) | RPI = 315: Loss at Loyola (Ill.) (57-73) in the Las Vegas Classic
  • UMKC (4-8, 0-0 WAC) | RPI = 303: Loss to Incarnate Word (104-110) in triple overtime
  • Long Beach State (5-7, 0-0 Big West) | RPI = 55: Loss at No. 9 Texas (68-78)
  • Purdue (8-4, 0-0 Big Ten) | RPI = 143: Loss at No. 21 Notre Dame (63-94)
  • No. 3 Arizona (11-0, 0-0 Pac-12) | RPI = 11: Win at UTEP (60-55)
  • Pittsburgh (8-3, 0-0 ACC) | RPI = 75: Win over Oakland (81-77) in overtime
  • Nebraska-Omaha (6-5, 0-0 Summit League) | RPI = 223: Win over Texas-Pan American (77-72)
  • Tennessee (5-4, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 72: Win over Tennessee Tech (61-58)
  • Bradley (4-7, 0-0 Missouri Valley) | RPI = 292: Loss to UC-Irvine (47-55) in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic
  • Savannah State (3-9, 0-0 MEAC) | RPI = 291
  • Texas A&M (7-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 58: Loss to Kansas State (64-71)
  • Texas Southern (2-8, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic) | RPI = 136: Win at No. 25 Michigan State (71-64) in overtime
  • Georgia (6-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 24: Win over Seton Hall (65-47)
  • Oklahoma State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 38: Loss to No. 17 Maryland (64-73)
  • TCU (11-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 81: Win over UTSA (88-57)
  • No. 15 Oklahoma (7-3, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 27: Loss to No. 16 Washington (67-69) in the MGM Grand Showcase
  • Texas Tech (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 132: Win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (72-51)
  • Baylor (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 29
  • No. 13 Iowa State (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 32: Win at Drake (83-54)
  • No. 22 West Virginia (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 18: Win over North Carolina State (83-69) in the Gotham Classic
  • No. 10 Kansas (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 2: Win over Lafayette (96-69)
  • No. 9 Texas (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 21: Win over Long Beach State (78-68)