REAL Standings: The End is Near Edition

MIDWEEK RECAP

Come to think of it, the REAL Standings is more complicated than it needs to be. It’s actually as simple as typing the No. 1 followed by the letters K and U.

There you have it. Child’s play, REALly.

Although, I seem to recall, despite the onset of senility, that this was not always the case. I vaguely sense the letters O and S, dimmed by the passage of time, from another age. And even more faintly, I divine the letters I and S and can barely make out words like “freakin,” “dadgum,” “Coca Cola,” and little finger echoing through the recesses of my memory. What could it possibly mean?

I don’t know, but I will interpret the secret meaning of these strange visions as being that the REAL Standings are not a vain exercise. They mean something REAL. (Well, of course they do.) As a Mizzou fan pretending to be a journalist said recently, “Winning the Big 12 is not KU’s birthright.”

Which is actually, a good thing. Otherwise, how much fun would it be to win eight in a row?

With fifteen games now history, birthright or not, KU has locked up its eighth consecutive conference championship and tenth in the eleven years since Collison, Gooden, Hinrich, Langford, and Miles held court in Lawrence. Even in the newspaper standings, which have almost completely caught up with the REAL Standings.

On the court, it was a quiet three days in the REAL Standings. There were no surprises. As projected, KU downed Okie St in Stillwater, while Baylor, Mizzou, and Texas won on their Home courts hosting Tech, Iowa St, and Oklahoma respectively.

In the one at-risk contest, K-State went 12 for 17 from three point land to defeat A&M in College Station. As a consequence, K-State finishes 6-0 in the only sports that matter vs. the two teams leaving the conference to escape the shadow of their arch-rivals.

THE TIERS

Tier 1: KU, Mizzou

Tier 1A: Baylor

Tier 2: Iowa St, K-State, Texas

Tier 3: Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas A&M

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL BIG 12 STANDINGS

3-1-12

1. 16-2

KU (15-2) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A

2. 14-4

Mizzou (13-4) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A

3. 12.5-5.5

Baylor (12-5) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: at ISU

4. 11.5-6.5

Iowa St (11-6) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: vs. Baylor

5. 10-8

K-State (9-8) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A

6. 9-9

Texas (9-8) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: N/A

7. 7-11

Okie St (7-10) Projected L’s: at K-State At Risk games: N/A

8. 5-13

Oklahoma (4-13) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A

9. 4-14

Texas A&M (4-13) Projected L’s: at OU At Risk games: N/A

10 1-17

Texas Tech (1-16) Projected L’s: vs. Mizzou At Risk games: N/A

ON THE TUBE

SATURDAY

Okie State at K-State**1/2 (12:30p.m.—Big 12 Network (Projected W: K-State)

K-State is 5-4 in conference games on the Road. This game will determine whether they can match that record in the Octagon of Doom.

Mizzou at Texas Tech* (3:00p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: Mizzou)

How nice for the SECond place team to have a bye in its final regular season game.

Texas A&M at Oklahoma** (3:00p.m—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: OU)

Lonnie looking to go 3-13 against teams not called K-State.

Baylor at Iowa St**** (6:00p.m—Fox Sports SW) (At-risk game)

Who’da thought at the start of the season that this would be the game of the week?

Texas at KU***(8:00p.m.—ESPN) (Projected W: KU)

Who’da thought at the start of the season that this game would be for UT’s NCAA life. A loss here, as projected, and they better win a game in K.C. next Thursday.

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