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Sunday, February 12, 2012
How Saturday affected the BPI rankings

By Jeff Bennett, ESPN Stats & Info

After a busy Saturday of college basketball, here are some of the more interesting changes in the BPI rankings, which are updated here. Keep in mind that scoring margin and game location are obviously very large factors. In case you missed it Saturday, here is an explanation of how BPI works.

Kentucky 69, Vanderbilt 63: UK retains the top spot in BPI, Vandy moves up one spot to 28 despite the home loss.

Syracuse 85, Connecticut 67: No. 2 Syracuse stays put but increases its BPI from 90.1 to 90.6. It had a 0.1 edge over No. 3 OSU entering Saturday. Now the gap is 2.0 between second and third. UConn dropped from 34 to 37 as its steady slide continues.

Michigan State 58, Ohio State 48: OSU stays at 3 and MSU stays at 4, but the BPI gap between them shrinks from 2.6 to 0.5.

Missouri 72, Baylor 57: Mizzou was 9 and Baylor 10 entering Saturday, but Missouri moves up to 8 and Baylor falls to 16 with the big loss.

North Carolina 70, Virginia 52; Duke 73, Maryland 55: UNC’s impressive wins flip-flops its ranking with Duke. Carolina is now 6 and Duke is 7. UVa slides one spot from 23 to 24.

Murray State 82, Austin Peay 63: Murray moves up four spots from 50 to 46.

Tennessee 75, Florida 70: After the upset, UF drops from 8 to 12.

Kansas 81, Oklahoma State 66: KU stays at 5, the top team in the Big 12.

Saint Mary's 82, Santa Clara 67: SMC drops from 28 to 29 despite the comfortable win. Santa Clara has a BPI in the 250s.

UNLV 65, San Diego State 63: Entering the game, UNLV was 17 and SDSU was 42. After the Rebels' win, they slide to 20 (this has more to do with the results of the teams around them in the rankings -- large winning margins by Marquette, Memphis and Gonzaga). SDSU moves up to 40.

Wichita State 89, Creighton 68: WSU was unranked in the coaches poll and Creighton was 15th. But BPI didn’t see Wichita’s win as a “shocking” upset. Entering the game, the Shockers were No. 12 and Creighton 19 in the BPI. After the 21-point rout on the road, Wichita State moves to 11 and Creighton to 25.

Florida State 64, Miami 59: FSU moves from 37 to 35, Miami stays at 43.

Georgia 70, Mississippi St 68 (OT): MSU drops from 39 to 44 after another disappointing loss.

Marquette 95, Cincinnati 78: The large winning margin vaults Marquette from 21 to 19 (over UNLV); Cincy from 54 to 56.

Princeton 70, Harvard 62: The Crimson drop quite a bit, from 36 to 47, which is the at-large danger zone for a traditional one-bid conference.

Louisville 77, West Virginia 74: Louisville goes from 15 to 14, while WVU actually moves up a spot from 41 to 40.

Temple 85, Xavier 72: More slight movements as the Owls move from 31 to 30 and Xavier drops from 51 to 53.

Texas 75, Kansas State 64: The BPI likes the Horns better than the RPI. UT’s win moves its BPI from 26 to 22. KSU drops from 25 to 26.