REAL STANDINGS: THE “YOU CAN DO IT, DUCK”  EDITION

            Duck was a puppy the last time KU did not claim at least a share of the Big 12 title. If he can hold on until the next time KU is left out in the Big 12 cold, he just might become the world’s oldest canine.  better be good stuff.

            Speaking of which, is it too early to start talking 15 in ‘19? The Jayhawks figure to be bigger, stronger, and deeper next year. More follow shots, more layups, fewer jump shots for KU; fewer follow shots, fewer layups, more jump shots for their opponents. The big question: Where will the leadership come from?

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

·         KU- (Home W vs. Texas)—Texas Tech took its toll on the Jayhawks. After jumping to an early double-digit lead, they played with all the motivation of an exhibition game against Emporia State. A team Texas resembled playing without Bamba, Jones, and Davis. Still, when all was said and done, it added up to 14 divided by 1.

·         West Virginia (Home W vs Texas Tech)—A 21-3 start. Talk about taking out a season’s worth of frustration .

·         Texas Tech (Road L at WVU)—How much did the KU Loss take out of Tech?  A 3-21 start should give you a clue. (It took a lot out of KU, too, but they got UT minus three key players at Home, not West Virginia on a mission on the Road.)

Tier 2

·         K-State (Road L at TCU)—Zero for two on the Road in four days. That’s life in the Big 12.

·         TCU (Home W vs K-State)— The Horned Frogs pick up their fourth consecutive conference W (for the first time in 20 years) to climb above .500 after a 1-4 start. Which is why Kenpom has them at No. 20.

·         Baylor (Home W vs OU)—Who knows which Baylor team you will see on a given night?

·         Oklahoma (Road L at Baylor)—After the Sooners beat K-State on Saturday, we wondered whether that was an “OU can’t suck forever” moment or a “lightbulb finally coming on” moment. Now we know.

·       Texas (Road L at KU)—Like bringing a pocketknife to a gun fight, but reaching into your pocket and REALizing you forgot the knife.

·         Okie St (Road W at ISU)—Season sweep of the Cyclones. They try for the more unlikely sweep in Stillwater Saturday.

·        Iowa State (Home L vs OSU)—Not a full house, but it’s kind of magical that the ISU fans would fill 70% of the arena with a team that is going nowhere and getting there fast.

                                                  CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         13.5-4.5

              KU (13-4):              Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at OSU)

2.         11.5-6.5

            WVU (11-6):          Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at UT)

3.         11-7

            Texas Tech (10-7):    

                                At risk games: N.A. 

4.        10-8

 K-State (9-8): 

At risk games: N.A.

5.         9-9

TCU (9-8):            Projected L’s: (at Tech)

                                At risk games: N.A

6.         8-10

Baylor (8-9): Projected L’s (at K-State)

                                At risk games: N.A.

OU (7-10):     Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games: N.A.

8.            7.5-10.5

             UT (7-10): Projected L’s: N.A.

                At risk games (vs. WVU)

Okie St (7-10):  Projected L’s: N.A.

                At risk games (vs. KU)

 10.       4-14

            ISU (4-13): Projected L’s (at OU)

                At risk games: N.A,

                                                    AS SEEN ON TV

FRIDAY

8:00p.m.: Iowa State at Oklahoma ** (ESPN2) (Projected W: OU)

Trae is always entertaining. Iowa St on the Road? Not so much.

SATURDAY:

11:00a.m.: West Virginia at Texas (ESPN2)**** (at-risk game)

Will Modus Operandi Bamba play? If so, this might be a game worth watching. A b gigame for UT’s post-season prospects.           

1:00p.m.: Baylor at K-State (ESPN2)***1/2 (Projected W: K-State )

A Baylor W throws the middle of the Big 12 into chaos with the likelihood of three teams finishing at 9-9. A K-State victory gives it a shot at a share of third place. Which, to hear Joe Lunardi tell it, would make the EMAWs one of the Last Four teams in—if they win 5 games in the Big 12 tournament. 

3:00p.m.: KU at Oklahoma St (ESPN)**** (at-risk game)

Will Okie St become the first Big 12 team to sweep Bill Self? More importantly, will Silvio De Sousa get some meaningful court time?

3:00p.m. TCU at Texas Tech (ESPN2) **** (Projected W: Tech)

 

The last thing Tech needs is to finish the season with a five game losing streak after being 22-3 (10-3 in conference play), ranked No. 6 in the country, and widely considered to be the Big 12’s best team just two weeks ago.

--Mark

 

 

REAL STANDINGS: THE IF YOU WERE IN KINDERGARTEN THE LAST TIME KU WAS NOT THE BIG 12 CHAMPION, YOU ARE NOW A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE EDITION

            There is a National Champion every year.

            But there is only one program that has won its conference championship 14 straight times. 

            Was it Keats who said, “That is all ye know in sports and all ye need to know”? As the basketball coach at North Carolina State, he should know.

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

·         KU- (Road W at Tech)—“Be your best when your best is needed.”—Bill Walton (talking about Deandre Ayton vs. Oregon, but it might as well have been Devonte Graham and the Jayhawks. Especially since Arizona lost despite Ayton going 28 and 18.)

·         West Virginia (Home W vs ISU)—Iowa St at Home will cure what ails you.

·         Texas Tech (Home L vs KU)—The moment was not too big for the Red Raiders. They played like champions with their best player playing through pain. At the end of the day, however, they fell short at Home for the first time in 18 games. In REALity, they needed more Road W’s. They were done in by losses against the conference’s Weakest Links in Ames, Austin, Norman, Stillwater, and Waco. (As opposed to KU’s 2 Road losses in Norman and Waco.)

Tier 2

·         K-State (Road L at OU)—K-State’s first split of the season: Winless vs. the Big 3; Lossless vs. everyone else not named OU.

·         TCU (Home W vs Baylor)—The Froggies finding their game late in the season—again. 

·         Baylor (Road L at TCU)—The Bears edge ever closer to that elusive NIT bid.

·         Oklahoma (Home W vs. K-State)—Is this an “OU can’t suck forever” moment (Texas disagrees) or did the lightbulb finally come on for a young team? We will know more if they can beat someone—anyone—on the Road. Their last chance is Baylor Tuesday night.

·       Texas (Home W vs Okie State)— No Jones, No Davis, No Bomba in the second half. UT still found a way to win at the buzzer and keep their NCAA dreams alive. 

·         Okie St (Road L at UT)—After coming from behind late to defeat Texas 65-64 in Stillwater, the Cowboys came from ahead late to lose to Texas 64-65 at the buzzer in Austin.

·        Iowa State (Road L at WVU)—The Cyclones are the only Big 12 team under .500 for the season at 13-15. Take away the Big 12 Road games, and they’re okay (13-7).

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         13.5-4.5

              KU (12-4):              Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at OSU)

2.         11.5-6.5

            WVU (10-6):          Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at UT)

3.         11-7

            Texas Tech (10-6):     Projected L’s: (at WVU)

                                At risk games: N.A. 

4.        10-8

 K-State (9-7): Projected L’s (at TCU)

At risk games: N.A.

5.         9-9

TCU (8-8):            Projected L’s: (at Tech)

                                At risk games: N.A

6.         8-10

Baylor (7-9): Projected L’s (at K-State)

                                At risk games: N.A.

OU (7-9):     Projected L’s: (at BU)

                                At risk games: N.A. 

8.            7.5-10.5

             UT (7-9): Projected L’s (at KU)

                At risk games (vs. WVU)

9.           6.5-11.5

Okie St (6-10):  Projected L’s (at ISU,)

                At risk games (vs. KU)

 10.       5-13

            ISU (4-12): Projected L’s (at OU)

                At risk games: N.A,

                                                                AS SEEN ON TV

MONDAY:

8:00a.m.: UT at KU (ESPN)**** (Projected W: KU)

Mardi Gras should be such a big celebration as what Allen Fieldhouse will see Monday night for the 14-time conference champions on Senior Night for Devonte, Svi, and Clay.

8:00p.m.: Texas Tech at West Virginia ()**** (Projected W: WVU)

There will be scoreboard watching: The Winner remains in the hunt for a portion of the Big 12 title if Texas takes out KU in Allen Fieldhouse. Don’t laugh. It could happen. Shaka made his name beating Bill Self at VCU. On the other hand, he has made his nickname (Scott Drew South) losing to Self at Texas.

TUESDAY

6:00p.m.: Oklahoma St at Iowa St (ESPN)** (Projected W: ISU)

Let’s see if Okie St is looking ahead to Saturday and the opportunity to become the first Big 12 team to sweep Bill Self in conference play. 

8:00p.m. OU at Baylor (ESPN2) *** (Projected W: BU)

After beating Tech when the Red Raiders had the inside track to the Big 12 title, the Bears are slinking  back into hibernation.

8:00p.m.: K-State at TCU (ESPNU)***1/2 (Projected W: TCU)

A fight to the finish for fourth.

--Mark

 

REAL STANDINGS: “THAT’LL BE THE DAY” EDITION

            Yes, Saturday’ll be the day. If KU wins. If that happen, the Jayhawks will clinch at least a share of their 14th straight conference title. 

            And if KU doesn’t win? Then Saturday won’t be the day. That’ll be the beginning of a wild week that could result in any one of four teams winning the Big 12 title outright or sharing it with one, two, or all three of the others. 

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

·         KU- (Home W vs. OU)—Well, that was easy. KU led for 39 minutes, 11 seconds,  

·         Texas Tech (Road L at Okie St)—Tech can take comfort in the knowledge that KU still has to go to Stillwater. 

·         West Virginia (Road W at BU)—The Mountaineers need a lot of help, but they did what they could do in Waco. You can only do what you can do.

Tier 2

·         K-State (Home W vs. UT)—K-State is now 9-0 vs. everyone whose mascots are not Jayhawks, Mountaineers, and Red Raiders. Don’t laugh: 12-0 against those teams could result in a conference championship.

·         TCU (Road W at ISU)— The good news is that the Horned Frogs are in good shape to go .500 in league play. The bad news is they can forget about defending their NIT Title.

·         Baylor (Home L vs, WVU)—Why do I suspect that if Bill Self and Scott Drew had switched players this year, KU would still be on the verge of a conference championship, and Baylor would still be mired in Tier 2?

·         Oklahoma (Road L at KU)—How low can the Sooners go? And how much grief will Lon Kruger and Trae take for it?

·       Texas (Road L at K-State)— Why do I suspect that if Bill Self and Shaka Smart had switched players this year, KU would still be on the verge of a conference championship, and UT would still be mired in Tier 2? 

·         Okie St (Home W vs. Tech)—For you psych majors: Is Okie St schizophrenic or bipolar?  

·        Iowa State (Home L vs. TCU)—Maybe, just maybe, ISU is just bad.

 

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         12.5-5.5

              KU (11-4):              Projected L’s (at Tech)

                                At risk games (at OSU)

2.         12-6

            Texas Tech (10-5):     Projected L’s: (at WVU)                                At risk games: N.A. 

 

3.        11.5-6.5

            WVU (9-6):          Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at UT)

4.        10-8

 K-State (9-6): Projected L’s (at OU, at TCU)

At risk games: N.A.

5.         9-9

TCU (7-8):            Projected L’s: (at Tech)

                                At risk games: N.A

6.         8-10

Baylor (7-8): Projected L’s (at TCU, at K-State)

                                At risk games: N.A.

OU (6-9):              Projected L’s: (at BU)

                                At risk games: N.A.

8.            7.5-10.5

             UT (6-9): Projected L’s (at KU)

                At risk games (vs. WVU)

9.           6.5-11.5

Okie St (6-9):  Projected L’s (at UT at ISU,)

                At risk games (vs. KU)

 10.       5-13

            ISU (4-11): Projected L’s (at WVU, at OU)

                At risk games: N.A,

                                                                AS SEEN ON TV

SATURDAY:

11:00a.m.: Baylor at TCU (ESPN2)**** (Projected W: TCU)

            Desperation time for Baylor after having its 5-game winning streak snapped by WVU in Waco. 

1:00p.m.: Okie St at Texas (LHN)*** (Projected W: UT)

            Talk about desperate. UT cannot afford another loss at Home; and, Wednesday aside, Okie State plays its best ball on the Road.

3:15p.m.: KU at Texas Tech (ESPN)********** (Projected W: Tech)

            Not long ago, KU was stinking up the place against Tech and Okie St in Lawrence, Baylor in Waco, and Oklahoma in Norman. Suddenly, they are playing in the Game of the Year. You could call them a Cinderella story--if Cinderella had crushed her step-sisters 13 Royal Balls in a row. 

5:00p.m. K-State at OU (ESPN2) *** (Projected W: OU)

            The Oklahoma Sooners are so desperate for a victory—"How desperate are they?”---"They are so desperate for a victory, they are jealous of KU’s football team.”

5:00p.m.: Iowa State at West Virginia (ESPNU)*** (Projected W: WVU)

            The closest thing to a gimme in this league.

--Mark

REAL STANDINGS: THE GOMER PYLE EDITION

             “Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!” 

            Four games remaining in the Big 12 season, and Kansas is tied for first place. Who saw that coming? 

            And it is as even as a tie can be. Tied with Texas Tech in the REAL Standings. Tied in the newspaper Standings. Both teams have one Projected Loss remaining: KU at Tech, Tach at West Virginia. Both have a trip to Stillwater remaining to face a team that has recently won in Lawrence and Morgantown. Both have Home games they “should” win, but reek of danger (KU vs. OU and UT; Tech vs. TCU). 

If KU has an edge (aside from looking like they might have a legitimate center and are no longer merely a jump shooting team), it is that they only have one game remaining with a Tier 1 team (Tech), while Tech has two (KU and WVU).

If TCU has an edge, it is that its head to head game with KU is in Lubbock.

            Speaking of edges, KU has closed out championship seasons before. Tech hasn’t. There will be a lot of pressure on the Red Raiders in front of its Home crowd to “git ‘er dun” in the biggest basketball game in the school’s Big 12 history involving men. 

            Still, while the winner of the KU /Tech game will be in prime position to claim the title, the loser will still be in play. Regardless of how they mocked him Saturday night, KU fans are now Bob Huggins’ biggest fans not residing in bootleg country.

            But first things first. Let’s see what KU does at Home on Big Monday vs. OU and how Tech fares in Stillwater with the weight of the world suddenly on their shoulders. The Jayhawks cannot pick up any REAL ground with a Projected W at Home (though they could lose a full game with a Loss). Tech, however, will move into first place with a W in its at-risk game at Okie St no matter what the outcome is Monday night in Allen Fieldhouse

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

·         Texas Tech (Road L at Baylor)—Keenan Evans’ absence the entire second half certainly didn’t help the Red Raiders. On the other hand, they were outscored in the first half while he was on the court. But he is their best crunch-time player and might have made the difference in the final two minutes as Baylor was doing its best to avoid winning the game. Regardless, Tech fell short and finds itself in a flat-footed tie for the Big 12 lead with two weeks of competition remaining. They would have taken that in a heartbeat had it been offered 14 games ago.

·         KU (Home W vs. WVU)—It’s a Big Bear Hug for Huggy Bear for taking his foot off the pedal and trying to run the clock with a small lead and about 37 minutes remaining in the game. 

·         West Virginia (Road L at KU)—Another Late Loss to KU. Another 25 Grand down the drain for Huggins. And you felt sorry for Wile E. Coyote.

Tier 2

·         K-State (Home W vs. ISU)—K-State is now 8-0 vs. everyone whose Home games are not played in Lawrence, Lubbock, or Morgantown.

·         Baylor (Home W vs, Tech)—Baylor giveth and Baylor taketh away. The Bears gaveth Texas Tech the Big 12 lead last weekend by beating KU in Waco. It tooketh the lead away this Saturday despite missed clutch free throws, senseless turnovers, all the things you expect from a Scott Drew team in the final two minutes of a close game. It seemed for much of the second half that Baylor was trying to keep TCU ahead of the Jayhawks out of spite. But somehow they won. For one day, Drew is Bill Self’s BFF.

·         Oklahoma (Home L vs, UT)—It was noted here weeks ago, when OU was a contender, that they were Trae Young and a bunch of role players. Not a recipe for winning a championship. Trae suddenly doing his best imitation of a role player has led to the team being in free fall. Lucky for the Sooners they played KU at Home before Udunka learned to shoot free throws.

·         TCU (Home W vs. OSU)—Drug test time for the Horned Frogs. A twenty-point win (90-70)? For REAL?

·       Texas (Road W at OU)—UT clings to a probable spot in the NCAA Tourney. Although sweeping OU does not mean as much as it would have before the Sooners went into a 2-8 tailspin.

·         Okie St (Road L at TCU)—The state of O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A is suddenly not O-K in B-A-S-K-E-T-B-A-L-L. You might even say it S-U-C-K-S.

·        Iowa State (Road L at K-State)—Nothing to see here. The Cyclones on the Road are as formidable as an armadillo crossing I-40 outside Amarillo.

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         12.5-5.5

            Texas Tech (10-4):     Projected L’s: (at WVU)

                                At risk games: (at OSU) 

              KU (10-4):              Projected L’s (at Tech)

                                At risk games (at OSU)

3.        11-7

            WVU (8-6):          Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at BU, at UT)

4.        10-8

 K-State (8-6): Projected L’s (at OU, at TCU)

At risk games: N.A.

5.         8.5-9.5

Baylor (7-7): Projected L’s (at TCU, at K-State)

                                At risk games (vs. WVU)

6.          8-10

OU (6-8):              Projected L’s: (at KU, at BU)

                                At risk games: N.A.

TCU (6-8):            Projected L’s: (at ISU, at Tech)

                                At risk games: N.A

8.            7.5-10.5

             UT (6-8): Projected L’s (at K-State, at KU)

                At risk games (vs. WVU)

9.           6-12

Okie St (5-9):  Projected L’s (at UT at ISU,)

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

ISU (4-10): Projected L’s (at WVU, at OU)

                At risk games: N.A,

                                                                AS SEEN ON TV

MONDAY:

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

            Trae’s only appearance in Allen Fieldhouse. And it’s a big one. Could have conference and National POY implications. Maybe even an NCAA Tourney bid. (You can’t lose forever and make the field.) 

            Oh, and No. 14 might be on the line as well.

TUESDAY

6:00p.m.: West Virginia at Baylor (ESPN2) *** (at-risk game)

            The Mountaineers still have a prayer if enough other games fall right. They still get Tech at Home. Far-fetched? Yes. But basically impossible if they don’t put Saturday behind them and end Baylor’s 5 game win streak in Waco. Oh, and Huggins, tell your guys to stop fouling so much.

WEDNESDAY 

6:00p.m.: Texas Tech at Okie St (ESPNU)**** (at-risk game)

            This game could provide a clue about how serious and how ready Tech is to compete for its first Big 12 championship in a sport that matters since it shared the football crown with Texas and Oklahoma in the 2008 version of “One of these things is not like the others.” Come to think of it, that was only the South Division crown. 

7:00p.m. TCU at Iowa St (Cyclones.tv—whatever that is) *** (Projected W: ISU) 

             If nothing else, this game will see a lot of points scored. You might consider taking the Over no matter what it is.

8:00p.m.: Texas at K-State (ESPNU)*** (Projected W: K-State)

            Did Texas turn the Road corner in Norman? Or is K-State REALly serious about a Top 3 finish?

--Mark

REAL STANDINGS: THE STAYIN’ ALIVE EDITION 

 Rarely has a Win over the worst team in the conference been as valued as KU's victory in Ames Tuesday night. Iowa State, as we all know, is a formidable foe on its Home court, having taken down Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Baylor there. Not to mention that the Cyclones have recently been a thorn in KU's side, having won 5 of the previous 9 prior to Tuesday. Or that a Loss here and KU was all but dead in the water in the conference race. 

         By picking up a half game in the REAL Standings by virtue of its at-risk W, KU closed the gap between it and Tech in half.  

         As someone once said, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." With Tech's at-risk game at Baylor Saturday, we could either have a flat-footed tie between KU and Tech Sunday morning, or the return of Tech's one full game lead. 

          Provided KU wins. If they don't the Jayhawks will be staring up at two teams and grasping at any straw they can find.  

     

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS 

Tier 1: 

  • Texas Tech (Home W vs. OU)—Playing like they are the team to beat. 

  • KU (Road W at ISU)—If the Jayhawks win No. 14, you can look back on this game as the turning point. 

  • West Virginia (Home W vs. TCU)—WVU keeps it a three-team race. 

Tier 2 

  • Oklahoma (Road L at Tech)—Can’t justify keeping OU in Tier 1 after losing 7 of their last 9 and their last seven Road games. They play everyone tough, but you have to win away from Home game occasionally. 

  • K-State (Road W at Okie S)—K-State continues to beat teams not named Texas Tech, KU, and West Virginia. They are now 7-0 vs. the other six teams. 

  • TCU (Road L vs. WVU)—They are who you think they are. They don’t REALly stray from the script. They are supposed to lose in Morgantown: they lose in Morgantown. 

       Texas (Home L vs. BU)—Can the Show-Me State Bomba REALly miss out on the NCAA tournament? 

  • Okie St (Road W vs. K-State)—Sure, they can beat KU in Lawrence. They can take down West Virginia in Morgantown. But can theyprotect their Home Court in front of hundreds of fans against Baylor or K-State? That's a Big No.  

        Baylor (Road W at UT)—Baylor now has four straight wins. Following four straight losses. Consistency is not its forte. 

        Iowa State (Home L vs. KU)—There has to be some consolation in being the best last place team in all the land. 

   

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         13-5  

Texas Tech (10-3):     Projected L’s: (at WVU) 

                                At risk games: (at BU, at OSU)  

2.       12.5-5.5 

              KU (9-4):              Projected L’s (at Tech) 

                                At risk games (at OSU) 

3.        11-7 

WVU (8-5):          Projected L’s (at KU) 

                                At risk games (at BU, at UT) 

4.        10-8 

 K-State (7-6): Projected L’s (at OU, at TCU) 

At risk games: N.A.

5.          9-9 

OU (6-7):              Projected L’s: (at KU, at BU) 

                                At risk games: N.A. 

6.      8-10 

TCU (5-8):            Projected L’s: (at ISU, at Tech) 

                                At risk games: N.A 

 

Baylor (6-7): Projected L’s (at TCU, at K-State) 

                                At risk games (vs. Tech, vs. WVU) 

 

8.            6.5-11.5 

             UT (5-8): Projected L’s (at OU, at K-State, at KU) 

                At risk games (vs. WVU) 

 

9.           6-12 

Okie St (5-8):  Projected L’s (at TCU, at UT at ISU,) 

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

ISU (4-9): Projected L’s (at K-State, at WVU, at OU) 

                At risk games: N.A, 

 

                                                                        AS SEEN ON TV 

  

SATURDAY: 

  

11:00a.m.: Texas at Oklahoma (ESPN)*** (Projected W: OU) 

 

The Red River Rivalry. That's gotta count for something. Right? 

 

Noon: Iowa St at K-State (ESPNU) *** (Projected W: KSU) 

 

Farmageddon and all that implies. 

 

5:00p.m.: West Virginia at KU (ESPN)***** (Projected W: KU) 

 

KU won the game in Morgantown. It should be easier at Home, right? Edge KU. On the other hand, WVU will be looking for revenge. Edge WVU. Should be wild. 

 

6:30p.m. Texas Tech at Baylor (ESPNU) **** (at-risk game) 

 

 The Bears are on the proverbial roll. If Tech rolls out of Waco with a W, they will be tough to catch, both because of their record and their will.  

 

7:00p.m.: Oklahoma St at TCU (ESPN2/U)*** (Projected W: TCU) 

 

It's a game. It's on TV. No reason to not catch the last half hour of it. 

 

--Mark 

 

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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