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KANSAS STATE RPI WATCH: 12/28/14

In which Black Tuesday claims multiple victims on K-State's schedule.

Arizona lost a lot more than the ball Tuesday night in its first defeat of the season.
Arizona lost a lot more than the ball Tuesday night in its first defeat of the season.
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Note: This entry recaps games played Tuesday. Weekend action will be reported in Monday's RPI WATCH and then I'll finally be back on schedule.

Tuesday might as well have been Black Tuesday, as far as K-State's strength of schedule is concerned. Before the disaster that was Saturday occurred, things already were trending in a downward direction.

The highlight was our highest-quality loss losing some steam with Arizona's first defeat of the season, at the hands of UNLV. That was paired with the humdinger that was Texas losing to Stanford, which I have addressed already.

Less concerning was the continued exposure of Texas Tech as a below-mediocre team, with the Red Raiders losing on a second consecutive night in Las Vegas.

And then there was Auburn figuring out a way to do what we and Michigan State could not: Coming back from a deficit to defeat Texas Southern at home. In this case, the SEC Tigers overcame an 11-point deficit to survive by 1.

The only positives were Pittsburgh dominating a team it should have dominated and Southern Utah netting a rare win, rarer still because it occurred on a neutral court.

Overall Record = 7-4

Big 12 Record = 0-0

Top 50 Record = 0-1

RPI = 124

SOS = 170

Signature Wins (RPI 1-30) = none

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

Bad Losses (RPI 101 or greater) = none

  • Southern Utah (3-7, 0-0 Big Sky) | RPI = 315: Win over South Carolina State (66-56) in the Las Vegas Classic
  • UMKC (4-9, 0-0 WAC) | RPI = 304
  • Long Beach State (5-8, 0-0 Big West) | RPI = 56
  • Purdue (8-5, 0-0 Big Ten) | RPI = 143
  • No. 3 Arizona (11-1, 0-0 Pac-12) | RPI = 11: Loss at UNLV (67-71)
  • Pittsburgh (9-3, 0-0 ACC) | RPI = 77: Win over Holy Cross (58-39)
  • Nebraska-Omaha (6-5, 0-0 Summit League) | RPI = 223
  • Tennessee (6-4, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 73
  • Bradley (4-8, 0-0 Missouri Valley) | RPI = 291
  • Savannah State (3-9, 0-0 MEAC) | RPI = 294
  • Texas A&M (7-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 59
  • Texas Southern (2-9, 0-0 Southwestern Athletic) | RPI = 140: Loss at Auburn (60-61)
  • Georgia (6-3, 0-0 SEC) | RPI = 25
  • Oklahoma State (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 38
  • No. 25 TCU (12-0, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 81
  • No. 19 Oklahoma (8-3, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 27
  • Texas Tech (9-3, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 132: Loss to Houston (69-82) in the Las Vegas Classic
  • No. 22 Baylor (10-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 29
  • No. 12 Iowa State (9-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 32
  • No. 18 West Virginia (11-1, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 17
  • No. 10 Kansas (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 2
  • No. 9 Texas (10-2, 0-0 Big 12) | RPI = 20: Loss to Stanford (71-74) in overtime