REAL Standings: COW Town Edition

Six for six. Six projected winners; six projected winners win. That’s 100% in anybody’s book. What it was not was particularly exciting.

You’ve got your Kansas at Home putting its game against Oklahoma away in the first half. You’ve got your K-State taking out Tech in what was nominally a Road game. Query: if a game is played in Lubbock and no one is there to cheer, is it still a Road game?

You’ve got your Mizzou romping over Colorado at the Paige; your Texas over Oklahoma St without working up a sweat in Austin; your Iowa St over Nebraska in Ames in a game that was more close than good; and your Baylor over A&M in the town of the Dr.Pepper and Texas Ranger museums, as well as the Elite Café, where Elvis once ate, in a game that did elicit a few “Wows” as the teams exchanged 3 pointers like sports cards in the closing minutes with the game on the line.

As a result, not a smidgen of change in the REAL Standings. Just a reduction of games remaining in the fight for 2nd through 4th places and the attendant first round Big 12 tournament bye.

MIDWEEK UPDATE

No surprise here. The Tier placement of the 12 teams remains as unchanged as the REAL Standings.

The Rules of Projection::

Projected W’s: Home games vs. Peer and lower level teams and Road games vs. teams two or more Tiers lower;

Projected L’s: Road games vs. Peer and higher level teams and Home games vs. teams two or more Tiers higher;

At-risk games: Home games vs. teams one tier higher and Road games vs. teams one tier lower.

With 13 games down, 3 to go:

Tier 1: KU, K-State

Tier 2: Baylor, Mizzou, Okie St, Texas A&M, UT

Tier 3: Oklahoma, Texas Tech

Tier 4: Colorado, Iowa St, Nebraska

The February 25, 2010 ten shopping months ‘til Christmas REAL Big 12 Standings:

1. 15-1

KU (13-0) Projected L’s: N/A Losable games: at Okie St, at Mizzou 2. 12-4

K-State (10-3) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: N/A

3. 10.5-5.5

Texas A&M (8-5) Projected L’s: N/A Losable games: at OU

Mizzou (9-4) Projected L’s: at K-State, Losable games: vs. KU

5. 10-6

Baylor (8-5) Projected L’s: N/A Losable games: at OU, at Tech

6. 9-7

UT (8-5) Projected L’s: at A&M, at Baylor Losable games: N/A

7. 8.5-7.5

Okie St (7-6) Projected L’s: at A&M Losable games: vs. KU

8. 5.5-10.5

Texas Tech (4-9) Projected L’s: N/A Losable games: at NU, vs. Baylor, at CU

9. 5-11

Oklahoma (4-9) Projected L’s: at UT Losable games: vs. Baylor, vs. A&M

10.4.5-11.5

Colorado (3-10) Projected L’s: at NU Losable games: vs. Tech

11. 3-13

Iowa St (3-10) Projected L’s: at CU, vs. Mizzou, at K-State, Losable games: N/A

12. 2.5-13.5

Nebraska (1-12) Projected L’s: at OSU Losable games: vs. Tech

What to Watch

SATURDAY

1. Iowa St at Colorado (11:30a.m.)** (Projected W: CU)

The Buffs will fight with their last breath to keep alive their dream of an 8th place finish. . .

2. Baylor at Oklahoma (12:30p.m.)**1/2 (at-risk game)

The Bears are in position for a Top 4 finish. The Sooners are in position to fall into oblivion. You know—like where Nebraska, Iowa St and Colorado reside.

3. Texas at Texas A&M (1:00p.m.) **** (Projected W: A&M)

These two schools don’t like each other. Not even in basketball. Reed Arena would have given AFH a run for its money in sheer raucousness when the No. 1 team in the country came to town. It might be even wilder Saturday. . .

4. Texas Tech at Nebraska (3:00p.m.)* (at-risk game)

Two teams from nowhere going nowhere. At least the Red Raiders will feel atHome if, as has been the case recently, no one shows up in Lincoln.

5. KU at Okie St (3:00p.m.)**** (at-risk game)

The second of three delicious conference games, timed perfectly to allow your average couch potato to watch all three and get out of the house long enough for a sumptuous dinner prior to. . .

6. Mizzou at K-State (7:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: K-State)

K-State can wrap up second place and avenge its fist loss in conference play in one game. Kinda like the Certs game of Big 12 basketball.. Whether the Octagon portends Doom for Mizzou remains to be seen; but rest assured all eight sides will be rocking for the ESPN-U cameras. Watch closely and cast your vote for College Station, Stillwater, or Manhattan as the COW (Crowd of the Week) winner.

--Mark

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