REAL Standings: The Curtain is Falling Edition

  MDWEEK ACTION IN REVIEW

 

         

            Stop me if you’ve heard this before.  KU billed Monday’s game vs. Oklahoma as a Senior Night. It was lame.

 

          First, there were no benefits for Seniors. No discount on the tickets, no discount on popcorn, hot dogs, or soft drinks. Nothing. Nada. Zero.

 

          To top it off, they kept Seniors up well past their normal bedtimes by having three guys talking at mid-court for an hour after the game ended. And it’s not like you could get out during that time. No one was budging from their seat. Where were the people leaving early that ESPN went on and on about just a few days earlier.

 

          It made for a long day Tuesday. In short, nothing about Senior Night was Senior friendly.

 

          KU needs to get its act together or stop having Senior Night promotions.

 

          As for the game, the REAL Standings were unaffected with KU winning as projected. Same with Baylor over West Virginia in Waco, Iowa St over Okie St in Ames, and Texas Tech over Texas in Waco.

 

          The one game that made a REAL difference was K-State’s Win in a Projected Loss game at TCU. According to Joe Lunardi, the Fighting Webers remain alive for a spot in the NCAA tournament, while TCU is in deep doo-doo of a sort not found at the daily cattle drive in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

 

 

                                                            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 (15-2)

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (at OSU)

 

  1. 12-6

 

ISU (12-5)

Projected L’s (at WVU)

At risk games: N.A.

 

WVU (11-6) 

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games: N.A.        

 

  1. 11.5-6.5

 

Baylor (11-6)

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (at UT)

 

                                 

  1. 9.5-8.5                                                                                

 

Okie State (9-8) 

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (vs. KU)

 

  1. 8-10

K-State (7-10)

 

Projected L’s (at TCU)

At risk games: N.A

 

  1. 6-12

 

TCU (6-11)

Projected L’s (at OU)

At risk games: N.A. 

                                                                                                

Tech (6-11)

Projected L’s (at K-State)

At risk games: N.A.

  1. 5-13

 

OU (4-13)

     Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games: N.A.

 

  1. 4.5-13.5

UT (4-12)

Projected L’s: N.A.

At risk games (vs. BU)

 

 

 

 

                                                AS SEEN ON TV

 

Friday

 

  1. Iowa St at West Virginia (6:00pm) (ESPN2) (Projected W: WVU) ****

 

          If Iowa St steals this game on the Road, they are your Big 12 Runners-up at 13-5. If the Cyclones lose and if Baylor downs Texas in Austin, we will have a three-way at 12-6.

 

 

 

  1. Texas Tech at K-State (Noon) (ESPN News) (Projected W: K-State) ***

 

          K-State had the look of a REAL basketball team Wednesday night at TCU: one that was not distracted by worries about the NCAA tournament or the future of their coach. They appeared to be concerned only about playing basketball game and winning the game they were playing. Keep this up, and they will be in the tourney, and they will make the tourney, and they will keep their coach.

 

Just one problem: They need to be Tech despite having the  Home Court Disadvantage. they are 3-5 in conference play in the Octagon of Gloom, including losses in their last four Home games.

 

          On the bright side, Tech is 0-8 in conference Road games.

 

          It’s like the resistible force against the moveable object.

 

          Something has to not give.

 

  1. TCU at Oklahoma (2:00p.m.) (ESPN News) (Projected W: OU) ***

 

          Anyone think TCU is dead? Think again.  A W in Norman, two wins in the conference tourney, and a dearth of upsets in conference tourneys across the nation, and. . .

 

          Nah. They are dead in the water. And rightfully so. A 7-11 team should not be anywhere near the Big Dance. (Come to think of it, nor should an 8-10 team, but someone has to fill those 68 slots.)

 

  1. Baylor at Texas (3:00p.m.) (ESPN) (At-risk) ***1/2

 

          Shaka vs. Scott.  What more need be said?

 

 

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

 

          The conference’s two best teams go at it as the Jayhawks attempt to accomplish the only thing left to accomplish in the regular season: avenging last year’s fiasco in Stillwater. Win this one, and they are ready to tango in the Big Dance.

 

 

--Mark

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