REAL STANDINGS: We're number 2, 3 or 4 so we try harder edition

                                                WEEKEND ACTION IN REVIEW

 

          It is a good thing Bill Walton visited Austin on Saturday, visiting the statues of Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan and donning a “Keep Austin Weird” tie-dyed tee shirt on camera, or there would not be much to talk about from this weekend. I mean, KU grabbed the final half-game it needed to clinch the Big 12 outright in its at-risk game Walton was covering at UT, but what else is new?

 

          Other than that, the only happening of note was West Virginia’s half-game pickup in its own at-risk game at TCU, thrusting the Mountaineers into a tie for the all-important second place position with Iowa St, and moving a half-game ahead of Baylor. The race for runner-up honors is setting up to be a REAL “barn-burner” as they say in places like Ames and Manhattan,  as WVU both visits Baylor and hosts Iowa St in the final two games of regular season action.

 

          Iowa St and Baylor settled nothing in Ames. By winning at Home, as it was projected to do, Iowa State maintained the status quo in the REAL Standings, as did BU.

 

          In other games of no consequence, Okie St stomped Texas Tech in Stillwater as projected (the W, not the stomp), and Oklahoma cremated K-State in Norman, also as projected (the W, not the cremation). As a result, Bruce Weber might be staring another funeral in the face (but not a cremation of his own creation this time). Not that he can’t still make the NCAA tourney and save his job, but that’s not the way to bet. Weber’s team looked like it had quit on him Saturday, which is never a good sign. Either that or they are totally psyched out with the pressure of the world (i.e., saving Weber’s job) on their shoulders.

           

                                                            CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

KU, Baylor, Iowa St, West Virginia

 

Tier 2:

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

 

CURRENT PROJECTIONS

  1. 15.5-2.5

 

KU (14-2)

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (at OSU)

 

  1. 12-6

 

ISU (11-5)

Projected L’s (at WVU)

At risk games: N.A.

 

WVU (11-5) 

Projected L’s (at BU)

At risk games: N.A.        

 

  1. 11.5-6.5

 

Baylor (10-6)

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (at UT)

 

                                 

  1. 9.5-8.5                                                                                

 

Okie State (9-7) 

Projected L’s (at ISU)

At risk games (vs. KU)

 

  1. 7-11

 

TCU (6-10)

Projected L’s (at OU)

At risk games: N.A.

 

K-State (6-10)

 

Projected L’s (at TCU)

At risk games: N.A

                                                                                                  

  1. 6-12

Tech (5-11)

Projected L’s (at K-State)

At risk games: N.A.

  1. 5-13

 

OU (4-12)

     Projected L’s (at KU) 

At risk games: N.A.

 

  1. 4.5-13.5

UT (4-11)

Projected L’s (at Tech)

At risk games (vs. BU)

 

 

 

 

                                                AS SEEN ON TV

 

Monday

 

  1. West Virginia at Baylor (6:00pm) (ESPNU) (Projected W: Baylor) ****

 

Baylor was once ranked No. 1 in the nation. Apparently, the voters forgot who their coach is. They are being reminded now.

 

As for West Virginia, they are holding on for dear life in their fight for second place. If truth be told, these two teams might be the fourth and fifth best teams in the conference at this point.

 

  1. Oklahoma at KU (8:00p.m.) (ESPN) (Projected W: KU) ***

 

OU got its kicks on Route 66 vs. K-State Saturday. Good for them. I feel sorry for what is going to happen to them Monday night on Frank Mason’s and Landen Lucas’s last game in the Phog.

 

Not to mention Tyler Self getting to take apart the Sooners at the start of the game as opposed to the end.

 

Tuesday

 

  1. Okie St at Iowa St (8:00p.m.) (ESPN2) (Projected W: ISU) *****

 

Might be the best game of the week between the REAL second and third best teams in the league.

 

Wednesday

 

  1. Texas at Texas Tech (8:00p.m.) (ESPN2) (Projected W: Tech) **

 

Despite being the Home town of Buddy Holly, Tech apparently is not familiar with the concept of not fading away. But Texas, from Willie’s haunts, is On the Road Again, which is good news for the Red Raiders,

 

  1. K-State at TCU (5:00p.m.) (ESPNU) (Projected W: TCU) **

 

Pretty much an elimination game. The winner might get a date in Dayton if it can follow up with a W on Saturday and two more in Kansas City. And, in K-State’s case, maybe hang on to its coach for another year. If “hanging on” is the right term.

 

--Mark

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