REAL Standings: The Big Jake Edition

Fain (Richard Boone): Who are you? McCandles (John Wayne): Jacob McCandles.

Fain: I thought you were dead.

McCandles: Not hardly.

Moments later, Fain is dead. John Wayne is hurt, but, though limping, collects his sons and grandson and heads Home to Maureen O’Hara.

In Big 12 mid-week action, KU dropped a half game in the REAL Standings Monday night, dropping an At-risk game at K-State. With a Projected Loss in the season finale at Oklahoma, there were those who thought KU’s Quest for its 11th straight Big 12 Title was dead.

Not hardly.

Enter Scott Drew. It is common knowledge that Drew is the most disliked coach in the Big 12 by his peers. But Wednesday night, even if only for one night, he was the most popular man in Lawrence, Kansas. Iowa St’s Projected W vs. Baylor turned L cost the Cyclones not merely half a game, but a full game in the REAL Standings, dropping them a half game behind the Jayhawks.

It was there for the taking, but Iowa St refused to take it.

Thanks, Scotty.

In games of zero consequence, West Virginia took care of Texas, as Projected, at Home, and TCU did the same to Texas Tech.

As a result:

1. The Road to the Big 12 Title STILL goes through Lawrence. In fact, the Jayhawks are in their best position of the year to claim at least a share of the crown: The number of games they need to win in order to clinch a co-championship is the number of Home games (2) they have remaining.

You could say the Jayhawks are dormie.

2. Iowa St, which was in control of its own destiny for two days, is, again, dependent on the kindness of others.

3. Oklahoma and West Virginia ARE in control of their own destiny. Win out, and they are assured of at least a co-championship with KU, each other, or Iowa St. Of course, winning out for either team will be no small feat. For OU, it will involve beating Iowa St in Ames and KU in Norman. For West Virginia, winning in Waco and Lawrence.

4. Baylor now possesses the best Road Win of the Big 12 season. Should the Bears be reinstated to Tier One? Well, they also have the third best Road Win of the season, at West Virginia—following which, they promptly lost at Home to Okie St. Otherwise, they would be in the conversation for the league title.

Baylor might be the best of the Tier Two teams, but their “body of work” is, still, that of a Tier Two team. And here they will remain.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: Baylor, K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13-5

KU (11-4) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: N/A

2. 12.5-5.5

Iowa St: (10-5) Projected Losses: N/A At risk games: at KSU

3. 12-6

Oklahoma (10-5) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: N/A

4. 11.5-6.5

West Virginia (10-5) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: at BU

5. 10.5-7.5

Baylor (9-6) Projected Losses: at UT At risk games: WVU

6. 9-9

Okie St (7-8) Projected Losses: at WVU At risk games: N/A

7. 8-10

Texas (6-9) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: N/A

8. 7.5-10.5

K-State (7-9) Projected Losses: at UT At-risk games: ISU

9. 4-14

TCU (4-11) Projected Losses: at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: N/A

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-14) Projected Losses: OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Saturday

1. TCU at Oklahoma (1:00pm) **( Projected W: OU)

OU has shown that it can lose to a Tier Two team in Norman (K-State). If it happens again, the Sooners are history.

2. West Virginia at Baylor (3:00p.m.)** *1/2 (Projected W: BU)

The Mountaineers try to accomplish in Waco what they could not in Morgantown. If they fail, they are history.

3. Iowa St at K-State (3:00pm)**** (At-risk game)

Another court-stormer in Manhattan? If so, the Cyclones are history.

4. Okie St at Texas Tech (3:00pm)*1/2 (Projected W: OSU)

No history in the making here.

5. Texas at Kansas (4:00p.m.)**** (Projected W: KU)

The Jayhawks are the only Big 12 team without a Loss on their Home court. As long as that continues, History awaits.

--Mark

REAL Standings: The February Final Four Edition

Four games remain in the 2015 Big 12 season, and Iowa State has pulled into a flat-footed tie for the REAL lead in the Big 12 standings courtesy of its second consecutive At-risk victory, this time in Austin. Both ISU and KU are now projected to win 13 games, with a 14th just sitting there for the taking in Manhattan. For the first time in recorded history, the newspaper standings are relevant. They reveal that KU, at 11-3, has one advantage over ISU at 10-4: the Jayhawks are in complete control of their destiny. ISU is not. The Cyclones can only hope that the REAL Standings projections ae true to form and Oklahoma defeats KU, as projected, in Norman on March 7.

KU, on the other hand, can close out Iowa St by winning its Final Four games. Doing so would give the Jayhawks an uncatchable 15-3 record.

In spite of Iowa St’s heroics Saturday in Austin, KU maintained a share of the REAL lead by winning as projected vs. TCU in Lawrence.

Perhaps the most interesting result of the weekend was West Virginia’s Road win in Stillwater. Suddenly, everyone is beating Okie St everywhere. Does Travis Ford get a bonus if he keeps the Okie St alum from winning his 11th straight title at Kansas? That would be kind of spiteful, don’t you think? But who can tell what Boone Pickens would do for spite?

In other games, K-State went into full-fledged withering-away mode in Waco, losing by about four touchdowns. Probably saving their energy for Monday night.

And Oklahoma needed overtime to take its projected Road W at Texas Tech.

As a result:

1. The Road to the Big 12 Title still goes through Lawrence. That is unlikely to change before March 7; but if K-State beats the Jayhawks Monday night in Manhattan, all bets are off.

2. West Virginia, which was on the verge of being demoted to Tier 2 with 4 seconds remaining in last Monday’s game vs. KU, remains a factor in the Big 12 race, at least in theory, and a spoiler in fact. Get your tickets for their March 3 game in Lawrence while they’re hot.

3. Iowa St--well, we have already talked about Iowa St. For a team that lost in Lubbock, they are sitting pretty at the moment. They just need a little help from their friends.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: Baylor, K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13.5-4.5

KU (11-3) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: at KSU

Iowa St: (10-4) Projected Losses: N/A At risk games: at KSU

2. 12-6

Oklahoma (10-5) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: N/A

4. 11.5-6.5

West Virginia (9-5) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: at BU

5. 9.5-8.5

Baylor (8-6) Projected Losses: at ISU, at UT At risk games: WVU

6. 9-9

Okie St (7-8) Projected Losses: at WVU At risk games: N/A

7. 8-10

Texas (6-8) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU At risk games: N/A

8. 7-11

K-State (6-9) Projected Losses: at UT At-risk games: KU, ISU

9. 4-14

TCU (3-11) Projected Losses: at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: N/A

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-13) Projected Losses: at TCU, OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Monday

1. KU at K-State (8:00pm)***1/2 ( At-risk game)

Just like the good ol’ days when KU vs. K-State decided the conference championship. Think Kruger v. Kivisto. Hartman vs. Owens.

Of course, in the good ol’ days, the winner of this game won the championship. That will probably be the case this year if the Jayhawks come away victorious. If K-State wins, they can make a video.

Tuesday

2. Texas at West Virginia (6:00p.m.)** (Projected W: WVU)

Sometimes, the announcers who get paid handsome sums to talk about basketball just leave you shaking your head. In Saturday’s game in Austin, how any times did they mention that UT had recently won three straight games. Yes, vs. TCU in Austin, K-State with Marcus Foster suspended, and Texas Tech somewhere or other. So what?

In this game, Texas are playing a nominal contender on the Road. What do you think will happen? Who cares as long as they don’t suddenly right their sinking ship and come into Lawrence Saturday with a legitimate Road Win under their belts?

Wednesday

3. Texas Tech at TCU (7:00pm)* (Projected W: TCU)

Get some exercise. Go bowling.

4. Baylor at Iowa St (8:00pm)*** (Projected W: ISU)

Scott Drew vs. Fred Hoiberg on the Road. This is what Dickie V referred to, in his more lucid days, as an M and M’er (i.e., a Mis-Match). Of course, having more PTPer’s than Drew doesn’t hurt.

--Mark

REAL Standings: The Never Let Them See You Sweat Edition

There are plenty of people around the Big 12 who have been wanting to see KU sweat at least a little bit in the final weeks of the conference season. And sweat the Jayhawks will, after Iowa St’s victory in an At-risk game in Stillwater pulled the Cyclones to within a half game of the Jayhawks in the suddenly tight ultra-tight REAL Standings.

You might say, “That’s what KU gets for losing at West Virginia,” but you would be wrong. That was a projected loss. Winning would have pretty much wrapped up the race, but, for REAL Standings purposes, it was merely a matter of treading water. What hurt the Jayhawks was Iowa State’s last minute victory in a venue where KU suffered a last minute loss.

I would say, “The game is afoot,” but KU has some problems with that foot-game thing, notwithstanding their victory over—guess who—Iowa State in the fall.

In other action, Oklahoma won as projected, at Home vs. Texas; Baylor won on the Road, as projected at Texas Tech; and TCU took an At-risk victory at Home over K-State in a game that left Bruce Weber babbling like coach who had lost his team and doesn’t know where to find it. (My suggestion: Look for them in the Little Apple Monday night.

As a result:

1. The Road to the Big 12 Title still goes through Lawrence. If the Jayhawks win their last three Home games (TCU, Texas, West Virginia), they go dormie with one Road victory (at K-State or Oklahoma) or one ISU loss.

Put another way, if the Jayhawks win out, they finish 15-3, and the ceiling for everyone else (including ISU) can win more than 14 games.

2. Iowa St is in position to catch KU in the REAL Standings with a W at Texas Saturday.

3. West Virginia escapes the Turk for another day. Their performance vs. KU, despite prevailing, was not impressive, relying on an offensive rebound ratio of about 17 to 1 and a blown traveling call on the game winning layup. But, a Win over the league leader is a Win over the league leader, even at Home. Can’t be demoted for that.

4. Oklahoma hangs around. Their upcoming game in Ames could be a barn burner.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: Baylor, K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13.5-4.5

KU (10-3) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: at KSU

2. 13-5

Iowa St: (9-4) Projected Losses: N/A At risk games: at UT, at KSU

3. 12-6

Oklahoma (9-5) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: N/A

4. 11-7

West Virginia (8-5) Projected Losses: at KU At risk games: at OSU, at BU

5. 9.5-8.5

Okie St (7-7) Projected Losses: at WVU At risk games: WVU

Baylor (7-6) Projected Losses: at ISU, at UT At risk games: WVU

7. 8.5-9.5

Texas (6-7) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU At risk games: ISU

8. 7-11

K-State (6-8) Projected Losses: at BU, at UT At-risk games: KU, ISU

9. 4-14

TCU (3-10) Projected Losses: at KU, at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: N/A

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-12) Projected Losses: OU, at TCU, OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Saturday

1. Oklahoma at Texas Tech (11:00am)*( Projected W: OU)

The obligatory statement about Tech beating Iowa St in Lubbock. Followed by the obligatory statement that there is nothing more to say about this one.

2. K-State at Baylor (noon)**1/2 (Projected W: BU)

The obligatory statement about K-State sweeping OU. But that was a long time ago in a galaxy far away.

3. West Virginia at Okie St (8:00pm)**** (At-risk game)

A tale of two calls: a matchup between a team that won this week because they were not getting called for traveling at Home (which is par for the course) vs. a team that lost because they were called for traveling at Home. And that’s what the season could come down to for their two opponents.

4. Iowa St at Texas (1:00pm)**** (At-risk game)

There was a time when Texas was the pre-season favorite, and every game in Austin was a projected Win. Now, it is an At-risk game. Texas has shown some life recently, however. If Iowa St picks up this W, they are in it to Win it.

5. TCU at KU (3:00pm) ** (Projected W: KU)

TCU is beginning to resemble a Tier Two team. Which would still make this game a projected loss in Lawrence.

--Mark

REAL Standings: The "Do Not Forsake Me" Edition

1:12 remaining in the first half in Norman. Iowa State has the ball. Fran Fraschilla urges the Cyclones to go 2 for 1.

“Can Iowa State get a shot off by 45 seconds?” he asks, adding that if it does so, it will be able to get another possession before halftime.

Gee, Fran, I don’t know. That is only 27 seconds away, almost an entire shot clock. And in the game’s first 18:48, they have probably taken a shot every 6.3 seconds?

I have tried hard all season to cut announcers some slack, ever since Son No. 1 pointed out that they have to fill a lot of time each game, much of which is spent figuratively thinking on their feet.

But some statements go beyond the pale. Pondering whether a Fred Hoiberg team can get a shot off in 27 seconds is one of them.

And then—OMG--with 6:41 remaining in the game, Brent asks, “Can these two teams get to 150 points? We will find out.”

The score is 81-64.

Yes, Brent. I think that, between them, Iowa State and Oklahoma will score another five points.

For the record, they reached it at 5:12. 84-66.

Final score: 94-83. That’s 177 points, but who’s counting?

OU wins at Home as projected.

In the stunner of the midweek games, Baylor, fresh off an impressive win at West Virginia, returned Home with a chance to set the table for the biggest regular season game in its history. Indeed, the biggest game in the Big 12 this season. A win over Okie St in Waco was all that was standing between Scott Drew and a showdown in Lawrence for a share of first place in the REAL Standings.

Then a funny thing happened. Funny as long as you’re not a Baylor fan.

Okie St coolly and methodically treated Baylor like the Bears were what hard core lifers in maximum security prisons crassly refer to as their “inferiors.”

So, instead of a high stakes High Noon showdown on Saturday at high noon, with Gary Cooper facing down Frank Miller, we have what is more like Lee Van Cleef in a three way with Clint Eastood and Eli Wallach. Lee might take out either Clint or Eli to the other’s benefit, but there is no way he is getting out of this alive.

It would have bene so much fun.

In other games, KU defeated Texas Tech, as projected, in Lubbock; West Virginia outlasted K-State, as projected, in Morgantown; and Texas, as projected, beat now 1-10 TCU in Austin.

As a result:

1. Oklahoma and Iowa St both stay within one REAL game of the Jayhawks. Like the Ugly guy, they are pulling hard for the Bad guy to take out the Good guy for them while unloading their own six-shooter into the Bad guy.

A Baylor win pulls the Cyclones (provided they take care of business versus WVU in Ames) into a flat-footed tie with the Jayhawks. And—get this—if OU defeats K-State in Manhattan, it’s First Place City for the Sooners by a half game.

2. Okie St is making a case for a late season promotion to Tier 1 status. We have always known they have three big time players in Nash, Cobbins, and Forte. But if their role players are as solid as they have shown their last three games, they might well be an upper level program. But about those five losses. . .

It is likely too little too late.

3. Baylor is renewing its case for a late season demotion. They might should be in Tier 1-A along with Okie St. But let’s see what happens this weekend.

4. The Big 12 still goes through Lawrence. The W In Lubbock was, as Paris Hilton might say, “Huuuge.”

With Lubbock in the rear view mirror, the Jayhawks need only win their remaining Home games to reach 13 wins. OU would have to finish 5-1 to match that mrk. Iowa St and West Virginia 6-1.

Put another way, one Road win, and the Jayhawks are dormie for No. 11 as long as they stay clean in AFH.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13.5-4.5

KU (9-2) Projected Losses: at WVU, at OU At risk games: at KSU

2. 12.5-5.5

Oklahoma (8-4) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: at KSU

Iowa St: (7-4) Projected Losses: N/A At risk games: at OSU, at UT, at KSU

4. 10.5-7.5

Baylor (6-5) Projected Losses: at KU, at ISU At risk games: at UT

West Virginia (7-4) Projected Losses: at ISU, at BU, at KU At risk games: at OSU

Okie St (7-5) Projected Losses: at WVU At risk games: at TCU, ISU, WVU

7. 8-10

Texas (5-6) Projected Losses: at OU, at WVU, at KU At risk games: ISU, BU

8. 7-11

K-State (5-7) Projected Losses: at BU, at UT At-risk games: OU, at TCU, KU, ISU

9. 3-15

TCU (1-10) Projected Losses: at KU, at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: OSU, KSU

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-10) Projected Losses: at UT, BU, OU, at TCU, OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Saturday

1. Baylor at KU (12:00pm)**** ( Projected W: KU)

Four chances remain for the KU Express to be derailed in Lawrence: Baylor, TCU, Texas, and WVU. But that is four chances. Well, three if you don’t count TCU. So “Roundball Games: Quest for 11” is not a done deal yet.

2. West Virginia at Iowa St (3:00pm)**** (Projected W: ISU)

Pretty much a must-win game for the Mountaineers, though it be on the Road. How else are they getting even for their loss to the Cyclones in Morgantown?

3. Okie St at TCU (5:00pm)*** (At-risk game)

Texas Tech took out Iowa St in Lubbock. Will TCU, a better team, ever take down anyone not name Texas Tech anywhere?

4. Oklahoma at K-State (7:00pm). ***1/2 (At-risk game)

Will OU avenge its loss to K-State in Norman? Not that splitting with a Tier 2 team ever truly evens things up.

5. Texas Tech at Texas (7:00pm) * (Projected W: UT)

Texas Tech at Home: Good for what ails ya. Just like K-State without Marcus Foster or TCU at Home. That’s a recipe for 3 straight W’s for anyone.

--Mark

REAL Standings: The There Is No Joy in Mudvillwater Edition

There is a reason that KU’s game in Stillwater was labeled as an At-risk contest. Namely, that any Road game versus a team one Tier lower on the Road is risky business. The opponent is not going away on their Home Court in front of their Home fans and classmates. You better bring it for 40 minutes. Certainly, more than twenty. With its At-Risk loss, the Jayhawks come back to the field to the tune of a half game, and Hope springs eternal—or is revived—for the other Tier One teams. The biggest news of the weekend, however, was made in West Virginia, where Baylor and Scott Drew picked up a full game in the REAL world and moved from the fringe of championship contention into legitimate contender status. The Mountaineers, conversely, dropped a full game and are on life support.

In other contests, Oklahoma defeated TCU, as projected, in Fort Worth; Iowa State defeated Tech , as projected, in Ames; and, if anyone cares, Texas picked up a game in the REAL Standings by squeezing past fellow Tier Two occupant K-State in Manhattan. Though without Marcus Foster in the lineup, K-State might not be a legitimate Tier Two outfit. Or Three.

As a result:

1. Oklahoma and Iowa St both pull within one REAL game of the Jayhawks. That is, from their perspective, a lot better than being down two REAL games when neither will have an opportunity to make up ground mano a mano.

2. Baylor, then, although trailing both Oklahoma and Iowa State by a full game, might be in the best position of any team trying to catch KU, because they are the only one of the three that can make up ground on its own. With a game in Lawrence next Saturday, the Bears will have an opportunity to manufacture its own two game swing: i.e., by grabbing an un-projected Win and dealing KU an un-projected Loss.

3. The Big 12 still goes through Lawrence, despite the hiccup in Stillwater. The right shoulder, however, is closed until further notice.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 13.5-4.5

KU (8-2) Projected Losses: at WVU, at OU At risk games: at KSU

2. 12.5-5.5

Oklahoma (7-4) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: at KSU

Iowa St: (6-3) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: at OSU, at UT, at KSU

4. 11.5-6.5

Baylor (6-4) Projected Losses: at KU, at ISU At risk games: at UT

5. 10.5-7.5

West Virginia (6-4) Projected Losses: at ISU, at BU, at KU At risk games: at OSU

6. 9.5-8.5

Okie St (6-5) Projected Losses: at BU, at WVU At risk games: at TCU, ISU, WVU

7. 8-10

Texas (4-6) Projected Losses: at OU, at WVU, at KU At risk games: ISU, BU

8. 7-11

K-State (5-6) Projected Losses: at WVU, at BU, at UT At-risk games: OU, at TCU, KU, ISU

9. 3-15

TCU (1-9) Projected Losses: at UT, at KU, at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: OSU, KSU

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-9) Projected Losses: KU, at UT, BU, OU, at TCU, OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Monday

1. Okie St at Baylor (6:00pm)****1/2( Projected W:BU)

Don’t look now, but if Baylor wins this game, as they should, the Bears play in Lawrence Saturday for a share of first place in the REAL Standings.

2. Iowa St at Oklahoma (8:00pm)**** (Projected W: OU)

Don’t look now, but Iowa St is playing for a share of first place in the REAL Standings in Norman.

Tuesday

3. KU at Texas Tech (8:00pm)*** (Projected W: KU)

Don’t look now, but this might be the most critical game remaining on KU’s schedule. A W here and theJayhawks get to 13 wins just by winning their remaining Home games; and 13-5 is looking good for at least a share of the Big 12 title. A loss and 12-6 comes into play. And, as Iowa St knows already, Tech might be a bunch of sucky sucks on the Road, but they are dangerous in Lubbock if you don’t come to play. Though why the Jayhawks would not come to play after what happened in Stillwater would be a mystery for the basketball ages.

Wednesday

4. K-State at West Virginia (6:00pm). *** (Projected W: WVU)

Don’t look now, but West Virginia can start looking toward the post-season if they lose their second Home game in a row and their third of the season. In fact, that would be demotion material.

5. TCU at Texas (7:00pm) ** (Projected W: UT)

Don’t look now. REALly. Don’t look now. Or Wednesday night either.

--Mark

REAL Standings: Mid-season Report Card Edition

No news at the top of the REAL Standings in the midweek games. KU defeated Iowa St in Lawrence, as projected. No change there. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia in Norman, as projected. No change there.

Baylor defeated TCU in Waco, as projected. No change there.

Where there was change was where there was more of the same: Texas losing again. Only this time to Okie St, a non-contender if there ever was one, in Austin.

And, of course, Texas Tech , which had been projected to win two games for the season, won its second with eight games remaining to try for No. 3. Who knows, they might have won even had K-State’s best player been on the court. The game was in Lubbock. With an all -time record student attendance.

As a result:

1. Texas was on notice that one more non-projected loss would result in being demoted to Tier Two. It wasn’t supposed to happen at Home vs. a Tier Two team. Make that Tier 2 peer. But it did.

2. It has been suggested that Baylor should, likewise, be demoted to Tier 2. I will hold off on doing that at this point, because I have an aversion to demoting a team off a win (or promoting a team off a loss). Besides, Baylor has only lost one Home game to this point. A victory in Waco means something in separating the regular crème from the crème de la crème. That and they are ranked No. 12 by kenpom and 14 by Sagarin.

3. TCU, however, is a different story. They are coming off a lopsided loss in Waco. Should they be demoted to Tier 3 despite outplaying West Virginia on the Road, taking KU to the final possession, in Fort Worth, and beating Tech by 20 in Lubbock? Well, they are 1-8 in the newspaper standings, with no relief in sight. Though improved from last year, the Horned Frogs are clearly a notch below Okie St, K-State, and Texas (I think). Tier 3 it is.

4. If TCU is a Tier 3 team, what does that make Texas Tech? That’s right: We now have four tiers. Until Tech can compete even a little bit on the Road, they are in a league of their own. Yes, K-State notwithstanding. Then again, who knows, Tech might have won even had K-State’s best player been on the court. The game was in Lubbock. With an all -time record student attendance.

5. The Big 12, obviously, still goes through Lawrence.

Current Tiers

Tier 1: Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Tier 2: K-State, Okie St, Texas

Tier 3: TCU

Tier 4: Texas Tech

REAL Standings:

1. 14-4

KU (8-1) Projected Losses: at WVU, at OU At risk games: at OSU, at KSU

2. 12.5-5.5

Oklahoma (6-4) Projected Losses: at ISU At risk games: at KSU

Iowa St: (6-3) Projected Losses: at OU At risk games: at OSU, at UT, at KSU

4. 11.5-6.5

West Virginia (6-3) Projected Losses: at ISU, at BU, at KU At risk games: at OSU

5. 10.5-7.5

Baylor (5-4) Projected Losses: at WVU, at KU, at ISU At risk games: at UT

6. 9-9

Okie St (5-5) Projected Losses: at BU, at WVU At risk games: KU, at TCU, ISU, WVU

7. 8-10

K-State (5-5) Projected Losses: at WVU, at BU, at UT At-risk games: OU, at TCU, KU, ISU

8. 7-11

Texas (3-6) Projected Losses: at KSU, at OU, at WVU, at KU At risk games: ISU, BU

9. 3-15

TCU (1-8) Projected Losses: OU, at UT, at KU, at OU, at OSU, ISU At risk games: OSU, KSU

10. 2-16

Texas Tech (2-8) Projected Losses: at ISU, KU, at UT, BU, OU, at TCU, OSU, at BU At risk games: N/A

BIG 12 SCHEDULE

Saturday

1. Baylor at West Virginia (11:00am)****(Projected W:WVU)

Baylor might be the darling of the computer mavens, but at some point, if they are truly a Tier 1 outfit, they have to beat somebody who is someone on the Road.

2. Texas Tech at Iowa St (1:00pm)*(Projected W: ISU)

After being virtually eliminated from contention for the Big 12 title in Lubbock, Iowa St is not likely to be in a charitable mood in this particular game. This one could and should get ugly early.

3. KU at Okie St (1:00pm)****(At-risk game)

There are no atheists in fox holes. Nine other teams are praying that the Jayhawks come back to the pack just a little bit in Stillwater.

4. Oklahoma at TCU (2:00pm). ***(Projected W: OU)

Okay, TCU. Here is your chance to debunk your demotion.

5. Texas at K-State (3:00pm) ** *(Projected W: K-State)

Barnes vs. Weber. You could make S’mores over those two seats.

--Mark

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