Real Standings: A Surprising Edition

MIDWEEK ACTION IN REVIEW

            Damn! If there were any glaring blunders or ridiculous statements by college basketball commentators in the last few days, they occurred when I was not watching. Just makes it that much longer before the release of my newest project tentatively entitled “Sports Announcers Say the Darnedest Things.” Pre-order your copy soon on a web site near you.

            A sensible statement, however, was made by none other than Bill Walton. Surprising.

            What is not surprising is what you can save at Geico.

            But back to Walton. At the Oregon/UCLA game Thursday night, he admonished his Play By Play man, Dave Paske, saying, “You act as if it’s easy to win on the Road. It’s not. It’s the hardest thing there is.” 

            Which is the basic premise of the REAL Standings. It is hard to win on the Road. Not everyone can do it. Few teams can do it consistently. Those who can win championships.

            On the lighter said, Walton also claimed that he did all his shopping at Nordstrom’s. I am skeptical, because I have never seen the “OH MY UCLA” tee shirt he was wearing at Nordstrom’s or on Nordstrom.com.          

In the Big 12’s MTW games this week, the three Tier One teams that lost at Home to Tier Two opponents last Saturday all came roaring back to pick up Road Wins vs. Tier Two squads.

            KU and Baylor won at K-State and Okie St respectively, while West Virginia took down Okie St in Stillwater. With all three trams picking up a half game in the REAL Standings, nothing REALly changed at the top. The Jayhawks and Bears remain tied for first place, with the Mountaineers trailing both by two full games. The Mountaineers, however, have a chance to mine gold, pick themselves up, and get back in the race with potential Road victories in Lawrence and Waco. Now that would be surprising.

            What would not be surprising is what Bob Huggins could save at Geico.

            In games of less import and of no REAL consequence, Texas and TCU won, as projected, at Home vs. fellow Tier Two teams Iowa St and Texas Tech. What was not projected was that both games would be one-point nail biters.That was sur[rising.

            What was mot surprising . . .

            

                                                            CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

KU, Baylor, West Virginia

Tier 2:

Iowa St, K-State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech,

 

CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1. 13.5-4.5

KU (9-2)

Projected L’s (at BU)

At risk games (at Tech, at UT, at OSU)

 

Baylor (8-3)

Projected L’s: None

At risk games (at Tech, at ISU, at UT)

3.  11.5-6.5

WVU (7-4) 

Projected L’s (at KU, at BU)

At risk games (at TCU)                                             

4. 9.5-8.5

ISU (6-5)

Projected L’s (at K-State, at Tech, at WVU)

At risk games (vs. BU)

5.  8.5-9.5                                                                                 

TCU (6-5)

Projected L’s (at BU, at ISU, at KU, at OU)

At risk games: (vs. WVU)

 

6.   8-10

 

K-State (5-6)

 

Projected L’s (at WVU, at UT, at OU, at TCU)

At risk games: N.A                                                    

 

7.  7.5-10.5 

Okie State (4-7) 

Projected L’s (at TCU, at K-State, at ISU)

At risk games (vs. KU) 

 

8.  7-11

Tech (4-7)

Projected L’s (at WVU, at OSU, at K-State)

At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)

9. 6-12

UT (4-7)

Projected L’s (at OSU, at OU, at WVU, at Tech)

At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)

10. 5-13

OU (2-9)

      Projected L’s (at ISU, at OSU, at BU, at KU) 

At risk games: N.A.

 

                                                AS SEEN ON TV

Saturday

1.  K-State at West Virginia (11:00a.m.) (ESPN) (Projected W: WVU) ****

K-State goes for the sweep of the Mountaineers. If they achieve it, WVU can kiss their Big 12 title hopes good-bye before their games in Lawrence (on Monday) and Waco. 

2.  KU at Texas Tech (1:00p.m.) (ESPN) (At-risk game) ****

There is a reason this is called an at-risk game. Tech is damn good in Lubbock. They are no longer merely High Plains Drifters. Ask West Virginia how the Gunzuppers can put a damper on your championship dreams on their Home court.  And has been known to play over its head at Home against KU. And get a good whistle. Why, they once won a game by punching a guy in the eye, causing him to “travel.”

With a W, the Jayhawks grab sole possession of first place for REAL, because Baylor cannot improve its lot in its Projected Win game at Home vs. TCU.

A loss, on the other hand, and KU falls behind the fighting Drews. Unless Baylor loses to TCU.

3.   TCU at Baylor (1:00p.m.) (ESPNU)***1/2

And Baylor proved it could lose at Home last Saturday vs. K-State. TCU is a comparable opponent. So I’m saying there’s a chance. 

4.   Texas at Oklahoma State (3:00p.m.) (ESPN2) **

Texas has not been looking good on the Road. Not sure why this game would be any different.

5.   Oklahoma at Iowa St (5:00p.m.) (ESPN2) **

Iowa St fights to cling to the inside track for first place in Tier Two.

--Mark

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