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Implications for Iowa State (17-8, RPI: 47)
The Cyclones are 14-0 at home this season, which would be wonderful if they weren’t 0-7 away from home against the RPI Top 150.
They need to prove that they can play on the road. Even if they finish up the season 17-0 at home—which would mean upcoming wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State—if they don’t beat someone better than TCU on the road, the committee will instantly disregard their resume.
Implications for Baylor (16-9, RPI: 54)
Baylor is 7-5 in the Big 12, but all conference records are not created equally. The seven wins are vs. Oklahoma State, vs. Texas, vs. West Virginia, against TCU (x2) and against Texas Tech (x2).
Just so we’re clear, that’s two road wins against the two worst teams in the Big 12, four home wins against the four worst teams in the Big 12 and a nice win against Oklahoma State. Add it up and those wins hold less weight than the early-season home losses to Charleston and Northwestern.
Aside from the win over Oklahoma State, the best win on the Bears resume was that surprise win over Kentucky that’s losing value quicker than the U.S. dollar.
If they don’t pick up wins in both of their games this week, they’ll need to win their remaining home games against the Kansas schools and get a little help to have a legitimate argument for inclusion in the tournament field.
Implications for Oklahoma (16-8, RPI 18)
Though all three teams are 7-5 in the Big 12, the Sooners are in substantially better shape than either Baylor or Iowa State.
The win over Kansas last week was huge, and the remaining schedule is very favorable: road games against Texas, Texas Tech and TCU and home games against WVU, Baylor and Iowa State.
With nary a bad loss on the resume, they could lose to both Baylor and Iowa State and still potentially get a better seed than either of them.
Iowa State finally gets a road win worth mentioning (82-79), and Oklahoma cements Baylor’s spot in sixth place in the Big 12 (73-62).