REAL Standings: No REAL news. . .

Yes, there has been a great deal of hyperbole and euphoria over a certain team’s victory on Monday night. But that is by those who don’t know any better: Including the talking heads who purport to understand sports. Who purport to understand college basketball. Who purport to understand Big 12 basketball.

Those who know better REALize that Monday night’s game was sound (a lot of sound) and fury (a lot of fury), but what it signified was—Nothing. A lot of nothing.

Repeat after me, Jason and Jason and Blair, et al.: Championships are won on the Road. They can be lost at Home. But they are never won at Home. They are won on the Road.

With that in mind, nothing of substance happened in the Big 12 in the five midweek games.

Zero. Zip. Nada.

Nothing.

K-State, A&M, Texas Tech, Okie St, and KU all won at Home. Big freakin’ Deal.

Texas, OU, Iowa St, Colorado, and Baylor all lost on the Road. Again, BfD.

MIDWEEK UPDATE

1. Contenders: KU, K-State, and UT.

2. Competitors: Everyone else.

3. Bottom-feeders: None.

The January 10, 2010 REAL Big 12 Standings:

1. 12-4

UT (3-1) Projected L’s: None

Losable games: at OSU, at OU, at Mizzou, at Tech, at A&M, at BU

2. 11.5-4.5

KU (3-0) Projected L’s: at K-State, at UT

Losable games: at ISU, at CU, at A&M, at Okie St, at Mizzou

K-State (3-1) Projected L’s: at KU

Losable games: at BU, at NU, at ISU, at OU, at Tech

4. 8-8

Mizzou (2-1) Projected L’s: at KU, at CU, at BU, at NU, at K-State, at ISU

Losable games: vs. UT, vs. KU

5. 7-9

Baylor (2-2) Projected L’s: at UT, at A&M, at NU, at OSU, at OU, at Tech

Losable games: vs. KU, vs. UT

Iowa St (1-2) Projected L’s: at OU, at BU, at Mizzou, at KU, at CU, at K-State

Losable games: vs. KU, vs. k-state

Oklahoma (2-1) Projected L’s: at A&M, at Tech, at NU, at OSU, at CU, at KU, at UT

Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State

Okie St (2-2) Projected L’s: at K-State, at Mizzou, at Tech, at Iowa St, at UT, at A&M

Losable games: vs. UT, vs. KU

Texas A&M (1-2) Projected L’s: at Okie St, at Mizzou, at Tech, at ISU, at BU, at OU

Losable games: vs. KU, vs. UT

10. 6.5-9.5

Colorado (1-3) Projected L’s: at A&M, at ISU, at K-State, at KU, at Mizzou, at NU

Losable games: vs. KU

11. 6-10

Texas Tech (1-3) Projected L’s: at UT, at A&M, at OU, at BU, at NU, at CU

Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State

12. 5.5-10.5

Nebraska (0-3) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at CU, at KU, at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OSU

Losable games: vs. K-State

What to Watch

SATURDAY

1. Colorado at A&M (12:30p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: A&M)

Colorado still looking for the elusive conference Road W. A game A&M can scarcely afford to lose and stay firmly in the mix for one of the Big 12’s numerous at-large bids in March.

2. KU at Iowa St (1:00p.m.) ***1/2 (At risk game for both teams)

Everyone knows about Hilton Magic and how even Danny couldn’t win there. Right? The Hawks have recently won there a lot. Still a dangerous place—even if Staiger has left the building. And the country. Auf Wiedersehn, Lucca.

3. Texas at UConn (3:00p.m.) ****

Is the Saturday after UT’s first loss the best time for UConn to catch them? Or the worst? One thing’s for sure: The crowd won’t faze UT. They have now been there, done that.

4. UMass at Baylor (3:00p.m.) ***

Can Baylor maintain the level of play the Bears displayed in Lawrence? If so, it will be a long night for the Massachussetsans, and an entertaining one for the fans in Waco.

5. Okie St at K-State (3:00p.m.) ***

Dangerous, dangerous game for K-State. If they are still basking in the glory of winning a game they were expected to win, Okie St could sneak up on them. K-State now joins the ranks of the hunted. It will be a little more difficult henceforth to win games by simply out-working the opponent—no matter how hard Frank Martin tries to burn through their competitive souls with his heat vision.

As George C. Scott once warned: “A slave stood behind the conqueror holding a golden crown and whispering in his ear a warning: that all glory is fleeting.” We’ll see if this glory fleets in five days, or if k-state caught a break by being able to gradually come back to earth in the comfort and security of Home.

6. Nebraska at Mizzou (5:00p.m.) **1/2

Mizzou tries to stay within 22 games of the Jayhawks.

7. Oklahoma at Texas Tech (7:00p.m.) **1/2

What can you say about this game? Other than, “There’s the computer lab, where Adam James used to bench press servers in the dark"?

--Mark

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