Southwest Region Team Profiles: 02/02/2011

RPI and schedule data from Basketball State (subscription), accessed on January 31, 2011. This information only reflects games played against Division I opponents through Monday, January 31, 2011.

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1. Kansas Jayhawks (Big 12 at-large)
Record:
20-1 overall; 5-1 conference; 5-1 vs. RPI Top 50; 7-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 5-0 vs. RPI 150+; 9-0 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 111 Loss: 11
RPI: 1
SOS: 9
RPI 1-50 Wins: Arizona (N), Memphis (N), Kansas State, UCLA, Colorado State (N)
RPI 51-100 Wins: Valparaiso, at California, at Michigan, at Nebraska, USC at Baylor, at Colorado
Losses: Texas
Last Week: won at Colorado 82-78, def. Kansas State 90-66
This Week: at Texas Tech (Tue.), at Nebraska (Sat.), Missouri (Mon.)
The Jayhawks got a fight in what's likely their last trip to Boulder in awhile, but picked up the win. They had no such problems on Saturday at home against Kansas State, thanks to Thomas Robinson, who played an excellent game, days after burying his mother in Washington, D.C.

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16A. Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (MEAC auto)
Record:
9-9 overall; 7-1 conference; 0-1 vs. RPI Top 50; 0-2 vs. RPI 51-100; 9-3 vs. RPI 150+; 8-8 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 198 Loss: 122
RPI: 200
SOS: 294
Last Week: won at South Carolina State 61-60, won at North Carolina Central 67-64
This Week: Coppin State (Sat.), Morgan State (Mon.)
The Wildcats continue to lead Hampton and Morgan State by a game in the MEAC with a key homestand against the Baltimore schools (Coppin State is a game behind the Pirates and Bears) on the slate for this week.

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16B. Long Island Blackbirds (Northeast auto)
Record:
16-4 overall; 7-2 conference; 0-0 vs. RPI Top 50; 0-1 vs. RPI 51-100; 13-1 vs. RPI 150+; 10-3 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 250 Loss: 137
RPI: 139
SOS: 331
Last Week: won at Fairleigh Dickinson 97-89, won at Monmouth 74-69
This Week: Sacred Heart (Thu.), Quinnipiac (Sat.)
The Blackbirds swept their New Jersey road trip and remain a game ahead of Central Connecticut State in the NEC race.

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8. UNLV Runnin' Rebels (Mountain West at-large)
Record:
16-5 overall; 4-3 conference; 2-4 vs. RPI Top 50; 3-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 9-0 vs. RPI 150+; 8-2 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 168 Loss: 44
RPI: 32
SOS: 42
RPI 1-50 Wins: Wisconsin, Kansas State (N)
RPI 51-100 Wins: New Mexico, Virginia Tech (N), at Air Force
Losses: BYU, at San Diego State, at Louisville, Colorado State, UC Santa Barbara
Last Week: won at Wyoming 74-65
This Week: Utah (Wed.), at BYU (Sat.)
The Runnin' Rebels played just once last week, taking care of Wyoming in the altitude of Laramie. This week features another, slightly bigger road game, a trip to Provo, where UNLV will look to split the season series.

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9. Cincinnati Bearcats (Big East at-large)
Record:
18-4 overall; 5-4 conference; 2-4 vs. RPI Top 50; 4-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 9-0 vs. RPI 150+; 4-3 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 176 Loss: 15
RPI: 43
SOS: 121
RPI 1-50 Wins: Xavier, at St. John's
RPI 51-100 Wins: Dayton, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Wright State
Losses: at Notre Dame, West Virginia, at Villanova, at Syracuse
Last Week: def. Rutgers 72-56, lost to West Virginia 66-55
This Week: at Pittsburgh (Sat.)
The Bearcats had a mixed week at home, topping Rutgers on Wednesday, then falling to West Virginia on Saturday. They get a week off before a trip, and likely loss, to Pitt.

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5. Wisconsin Badgers (Big Ten at-large)
Record:
15-5 overall; 5-3 conference; 3-5 vs. RPI Top 50; 4-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 6-0 vs. RPI 150+; 4-5 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 155 Loss: 34
RPI: 27
SOS: 41
RPI 1-50 Wins: Minnesota, Boston College (N), Illinois
RPI 51-100 Wins: at Marquette, Michigan, at Northwestern, NC State
Losses: Notre Dame (N), at UNLV, at Michigan State, at Illinois, at Penn State
Last Week: lost at Penn State 56-52
This Week: Purdue (Tue.), Michigan State (Sun.)
The Badgers became Penn State's latest victim at the Bryce Jordan Center, but they'll be comforted to know they have two opportunities for quality wins at their own fortress this week.

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12. UTEP Miners (C-USA auto)
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Record:
17-4 overall; 5-2 conference; 0-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 2-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 10-1 vs. RPI 150+; 4-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 180 Loss: 89
RPI: 61
SOS: 129
RPI 1-50 Wins: None
RPI 51-100 Wins: Michigan (N), Air Force
Bad (RPI 150+) Losses: Georgia Tech (N)
Losses: at BYU, at UAB, at Tulsa, Pacific
Last Week: def. Tulane 69-65, lost at Tulsa 69-68
This Week: UCF (Wed.), at Rice (Sat.)
The Miners are tied with UAB and Memphis at the top of Conference USA, but own the auto bid by virtue of a slightly superior overall record.

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4. Syracuse Orange (Big East at-large)
Last Week: 2
Record:
18-4 overall; 5-4 conference; 4-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 6-2 vs. RPI 51-100; 7-0 vs. RPI 150+; 5-2 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 127 Loss: 6
RPI: 22
SOS: 8
RPI 1-50 Wins: Notre Dame, at St. John's, Michigan State (N), Cincinnati
RPI 51-100 Wins: Drexel, Northern Iowa, Michigan (N), at Seton Hall, NC State, Providence
Losses: at Pittsburgh, Villanova, at Marquette, Seton Hall
Last Week: lost to Seton Hall 90-68, lost at Marquette 76-70
This Week: at Connecticut (Wed.), at USF (Sat.)
The Orange are entering panic mode, as they're in the midst of their first four-game losing streak since 200-06. The home loss to Seton Hall Tuesday was disheartening, but the Marquette game was winnable. No Jim Boeheim team has ever lost five straight, something that could change in Hartford on Wednesday.

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13. Harvard Crimson (Ivy auto)
Record:
13-3 overall; 4-0 conference; 1-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 1-1 vs. RPI 51-100; 10-0 vs. RPI 150+; 5-3 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 189 Loss: 37
RPI: 50
SOS: 200
RPI 1-50 Wins: at Boston College
RPI 51-100 Wins: Colorado
Losses: at Connecticut, at George Mason, at Michigan
Last Week: def. Columbia 77-66, def. Cornell 78-57
This Week: at Princeton (Fri.), at Penn (Sat.)
The Crimson had little trouble with the New York schools this week, boosting their Ivy mark to a perfect 4-0. Harvard's lead may not last long, however, as they must visit co-favorite Princeton on Friday.

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6. North Carolina Tar Heels (ACC at-large)
Last Week: 7
Record:
15-5 overall; 5-1 conference; 1-4 vs. RPI Top 50; 7-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 4-1 vs. RPI 150+; 5-5 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 116 Loss: 49
RPI: 15
SOS: 15
RPI 1-50 Wins: Kentucky
RPI 51-100 Wins: Virginia Tech, Clemson, at Miami, College of Charleston, Hofstra, NC State, Rutgers (N)
Bad (RPI 150+) Losses: at Georgia Tech
Other Losses: Texas (N), Minnesota (N), Vanderbilt (N), at Illinois
Last Week: won at Miami 74-71, def. NC State 84-64
This Week: at Boston College (Tue.), Florida State (Sun.)
The Tar Heels put on a gutsy performance in coming back to beat Miami, courtesy of a late Harrison Barnes three, then absolutely hammered NC State upon their return home. A sweep of this week will make them the undisputed 2nd team in the ACC, but still far behind Duke.

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11. Old Dominion Monarchs (CAA at-large)
Last Week: 12, First Four
Record: 17-5 overall; 8-3 conference; 2-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 5-2 vs. RPI 51-100; 8-0 vs. RPI 150+; 7-3 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 146 Loss: 53
RPI: 31
SOS: 50
RPI 1-50 Wins: Xavier (N), George Mason
RPI 51-100 Wins: Richmond, James Madison, Clemson (N), Dayton, at Hofstra
Losses: Georgetown, at Missouri, at Drexel, VCU, at Delaware
Last Week: won at Georgia State 51-48, def. Towson 80-57
This Week: Delaware (Wed.), at George Mason (Sat.)
The Monarchs escaped Atlanta with a win on Wednesday, but had no such issues with an awful Towson team in Norfolk. With the weakness of the bubble, the Monarchs should be in good shape to at least make the First Four if they don't stumble anymore in the CAA.

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3. Kentucky Wildcats (SEC at-large)
Last Week: 4
Record:
16-4 overall; 4-2 conference; 4-3 vs. RPI Top 50; 1-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 8-0 vs. RPI 150+; 6-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 133 Loss: 45
RPI: 10
SOS: 17
RPI 1-50 Wins: Notre Dame (N), at Louisville, Washington (N), Georgia
RPI 51-100 Wins: at Portland
Losses: Connecticut (N), at North Carolina, at Georgia, at Alabama
Last Week: def. Georgia 66-60
This Week: at Mississippi (Tue.), at Florida (Sat.)
The Wildcats got some measure of revenge against Georgia on Saturday, but didn't look great late in the contest. Two road games await this week, the first against misfiring Ole Miss and the second against unpredictable Florida.

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14. Bucknell Bison (Patriot auto)
Record:
15-8 overall; 6-1 conference; 0-2 vs. RPI Top 50; 1-3 vs. RPI 51-100; 12-2 vs. RPI 150+; 8-7 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 215 Loss: 103
RPI: 91
SOS: 171
Last Week: won at Lehigh 81-68, lost at Army 90-70
This Week: Navy (Sat.)
Bucknell dropped their first Patriot League game of the season at Army on Saturday, but remains the conference leader, holding a game lead over 5-2 American.

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7. Xavier Musketeers (A-10 auto)
Record: 15-5 overall; 7-0 conference; 2-3 vs. RPI Top 50; 5-1 vs. RPI 51-100; 6-0 vs. RPI 150+; 5-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 128 Loss: 57
RPI: 18
SOS: 22
RPI 1-50 Wins: Temple, Butler
RPI 51-100 Wins: Richmond, Dayton, at Rhode Island, Massachusetts
Losses: Florida, Old Dominion (N), at Cincinnati, at Gonzaga, at Miami (OH)
Last Week: def. George Washington 81-74, won at Richmond 85-62
This Week: at Charlotte (Wed.), Saint Louis (Sat.)
The Musketeers handled George Washington on Wednesday, then absolutely torched Richmond at the Robins Center on Saturday. Xavier should remain unbeaten in the A-10, and continue to rise up the S-curve, thanks to a pair of winnable games this week.

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10. St. Mary's Gaels (West Coast auto)
Last Week: 8
Record: 
16-4 overall; 6-1 conference; 1-3 vs. RPI Top 50; 1-1 vs. RPI 51-100; 10-0 vs. RPI 150+; 7-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 169 Loss: 22
RPI: 34
SOS: 105
RPI 1-50 Wins: St. John's
RPI 51-100 Wins: at Gonzaga
Losses: BYU (N), at San Diego State, at Vanderbilt, at Portland
Last Week: won at Gonzaga 73-71, at Portland (Sat.)
This Week: Pepperdine (Thu.), Loyola Marymount (Sat.)
The Gaels looked to have taken control of the WCC race with Thursday night's close win in Spokane, then they were outclassed at Portland on Saturday.

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2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Big East at-large)
Last Week: 3
Record:
17-4 overall; 6-3 conference; 7-3 vs. RPI Top 50; 3-1 vs. RPI 51-100; 4-0 vs. RPI 150+; 4-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 118 Loss: 29
RPI: 8
SOS: 8
RPI 1-50 Wins: Georgetown, Connecticut, at Pittsburgh, St. John's, Wisconsin (N), Cincinnati, Georgia (N)
RPI 51-100 Wins: California (N), Marquette, Gonzaga
Losses: Kentucky (N), at Syracuse, at St. John's, at Marquette
Last Week: Idle
This Week: at DePaul (Thu.), Rutgers (Sun.)
The Irish didn't play at all last week, which means they didn't have the opportunity to lose. They'll jump back into action as a two seed on Thursday, when they visit a bad DePaul team.

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15. Buffalo Bulls (MAC auto)
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Record: 12-6 overall; 5-2 conference; 0-1 vs. RPI Top 50; 1-0 vs. RPI 51-100; 10-2 vs. RPI 150+; 5-4 Road/Neutral
Average RPI win: 201 Loss: 145
RPI: 126
SOS: 237
Last Week: won at Western Michigan 79-68, def. Northern Illinois 63-52
This Week: Toledo (Wed.), at Ball State (Sat.)
The Bulls are tied at the top of the MAC overall standings with Ball State, Kent State, and Bowling Green but take the bid because of an advantage in my tiebreakers (overall wins, then RPI).

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