REAL Standings: Spring Forward Edition

MIDWEEK RECAP

Another REAL season has come and gone. By late Sunday evening (Central DAYLIGHT time), the standings you find on-line and in your local newspaper will have merged with the REAL Standings. No one will be at an advantage or disadvantage in games yet to be played because there will be no games yet to be played.

However, while there is still a slate of Big 12 games remaining this weekend, UT maintains a REAL ½ game advantage over KU, as only a projected W remains on its schedule, while the Jayhawks have a losable game in College Station—a venue where A&M trounced UT earlier this season.

UT had a struggle at Home Tuesday night vs. Nebraska—perhaps distracted by missing the local caucus action—but managed, nevertheless, to turn a close game into a Non-Event by picking up their projected victory. KU’s own Non-Event vs. Texas Tech in the biggest slaughter in Big 12 history, meant that the Jayhawks could only tread the REAL Standings water. That will have to wait until Saturday, if at all.

In lower profile NE games, k-state and Mizzou picked up their projected Home W’s vs. Tier 3 Dwellers Colorado and Iowa St.

The two REAL stories of the Midweek slate were OU and A&M winning on the Road vs. other Tier Two teams (Okie St and Baylor), meaning big “plus ones” in the RSP for the Sooners and Aggies.

REAL STANDINGS: 3/6/08

Note: The current breakdown of teams into tiers, which is the only subjective aspect of the REAL Standings is:

Tier One: KU, UT Tier Two: Baylor, k-state, Mizzou, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas A&M, Texas Tech Tier Three: CU, ISU

1. 13-3

UT (12-3) Projected L’s: None Losable games: None

2. 12.5-3.5

KU (12-3) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at A&M

3. 9.5-6.5

k-state (9-6) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at ISU

4. 9-7

OU (8-7) Projected L’s: None Losable games: None

5. 8.5-7.5

A&M (8-7) Projected L’s: at BU Losable games: KU

6. 8-8

Baylor (8-7) Projected L’s: at TT Losable games: None

Tech (7-8) Projected L’s: None Losable games: None

8. 7-9

OSU (7-8) Projected L’s: at UT Losable games: None

NU (6-9) Projected L’s: None Losable games: None

10. 6-10

MU (6-9) Projected L’s: at OU Losable games: None

11. 4.5-11.5

ISU (4-11) Projected L’s: None Losable games: ksu

12. 3-13

CU (3-12) Projected L’s: at NU Losable games: None

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

Big XII Weekend Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) on a 1-4 star scale:

SATURDAY

1. Baylor at Texas Tech (12:30p.m.)***

The Bears are one of four Big 12 teams playing to impress the NCAA selection committee. A loss and an 8-8 record will not help their cause. But Lubbock is not the place to be playing for your post-season life: Tech would be undefeated at Home but for a fluke last minute desperation shot by Oklahoma.

Projected W: Tech

2. Mizzou at OU (2:30p.m.)***

A W here sets the Sooners up nicely with that all important 9th win and a first round bye in K.C.

Projected W: OU

3. k-state at Iowa St (3:00p.m.)***1/2

k-state can punch its ticket to the Big Dance with its tenth conference victory. But make no mistake about it: At Hilton, this is a losable game.

Projected W: Toss-up

4. KU at A&M (3:00p.m.)****

The last meaningful game of the conference season. Unless you are deranged enough to think that Okie St can waltz into Austin and walk out with a Win.

Projected W: Toss-up

SUNDAY

5. Colorado at Nebraska (2:00p.m.)*

Wake me at half-time, so I can turn to Okie St at UT.

Projected W: Nebraska

6. Okie St at UT (3:00p.m.)***1/2

Can Okie St dish out a -1 in the REAL Standings to UT on Senior Day in Austin with at least a share of the Big 12 championship on the line? Not bloody likely. But UT did just squeak by Nebraska Tuesday night by 4 on this same court, where they barely outlasted hapless Colorado by 2 earlier this season. Not to mention surviving OT’s in Stillwater and Ames, and capitalizing on Baylor pulling a Chris Webber to make it out of Waco alive. So maybe, just maybe, UT is more accurately characterized as a resourceful team than an overpowering one. Might be worth looking in on this game, just in case. . .

Projected W: UT

--Mark

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