REAL Standings: Happiness Is Lubbock, Texas in the Rear View Mirror

WEEKEND WRAP-UP Once again, the biggest news of the Weekend involves Iowa St. For the second game in a row, the Cyclones took a step backward-only this time, it was a full step, rather than merely half, in the REAL Standings. They are now projected at 7-9 and on the fast track to Palookaville.

On the flip side of ISU's misfortune is k-state. For the second time in eight days, Huggins' Hookers pick up a full game in the REAL Standings by turning a projected L into a W. k-state is now a game and a half clear of Texas Tech and becomes the prohibitive favorite to top the second tier rankings and finish in 5th place in the conference standings.

In the other game of import, KU dropped 1/2 game to the field with its loss in a swing game at Texas Tech. The Jayhawks were the only thing in Lubbock colder than the Buddy Holly statue. But losing to Tech? That'll be the day.

It was, indeed, the day that the Hawks' REAL Standings record fell below 13-3, giving other teams hope that the Big 12 championship might not be foreordained after all.

In other games, OU, Nebraska and A&M won at home as projected. Baylor, Colorado, and Okie St all took their projected losses by 18 (Okie St) to 41 points (CU) and were last heard muttering, "Please, Sir, may we have another."

REAL STANDINGS AS OF JANUARY 18, 2007 .

1. 12.5-3.5

Kansas (3-1) (No projected L's; at risk games at Baylor, at NU, at Mizzou, at k-state, at OU)

2. 11.5-4.5

Texas A&M (4-0) (projected L's at KU, at Okie St, at UT; at risk games at Tech, at NU, at OU)

3. 11-5

Oklahoma St (2-2) (projected L's at UT at risk games: at NU, vs. OU, at Tech, at Baylor)

Texas (3-1) (projected L's at A&M, at KU; at risk games at NU, at Tech, at Baylor, at OU)

5. 9-7

k-state (3-2) (projected L's at UT, at KU, at NU, at Okie St; at risk games vs. KU, at CU)

6. 7.5-8.5

Texas Tech (3-1)

(projected L's at Mizzou, at OU, at Okie St, at A&M, at UT, at ISU; at risk games vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. Okie St)

7. 7-9

Iowa St (2-3)

(projected L's at Okie St, at A&M, at UT, at k-state, at KU, at NU)

8. 6.5-9.5

Nebraska (1-2) (projected L's at k-state, at Mizzou, at Tech, at KU, at Baylor; at risk games vs. Okie St, vs. UT, vs. KU, vs. A&M, at CU)

9. 6-10

Mizzou (0-4) (projected L's at k-state, at ISU, at Okie St, at NU, at A&M; at risk games at CU, vs. KU)

Oklahoma (3-2)

(projected L's at Okie St, at A&M, at Baylor, at ISU, at Mizzou, at k-state; at risk games vs. Okie St, vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. KU)

11. 5.5-10.5

Baylor (1-4)

(projected L's at UT, at ISU at Mizzou, at A&M, at Tech; at risk games vs. KU, vs. UT, vs. Okie St)

12. 2.5-13.5

Colorado (1-4)

(projected L's at KU, at Baylor, vs. Okie St, at k-state, vs. KU, at Tech, at ISU, at Mizzou; at risk games vs. Mizzou, vs. k-state, vs. NU)

UPCOMING GAMES

The Weekday Big XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) are:

MONDAY

1. Chicago St at k-state* (7:00p.m.)

Ho-freakin'-hum. Why isn't this game being played in early November?

2. Oklahoma at Okie St *** (8:00p.m.) Projected W for Okie St

Okie St was clearly suffering from 3 TO hangover Saturday night a A&M. That will be no problem Monday night against OU. The Sooners need to pick up an unprojected W if they want to make a run at the coveted 5th place slot in the conference race.

WEDNESDAY

3. KU at Baylor*** (7:00p.m.) Swing game--No projection

KU attempts to regain the ½ game it lost in the REAL Standings in Lubbock. If they blow this game, it will all of a sudden be anybody's race. Well, maybe anybody but KU. Just what A&M, Okie St, and UT will be hoping for.

4. Mizzou at Colorado *1/2 (8:00p.m. CST) Swing game-No projection

The last team that went into Boulder after doing everything but upsetting KU was taken to the Colorado cleaners. If Mizzou loses this game, the question will be what game will they win? Other than Colorado at home.

5. Texas A&M at Tech ***1/2 (7:00p.m.) Swing game-No projection

A&M is getting one break in the schedule. This is its second straight game against a team coming off an emotional game. Could be a letdown game for the Red Raiders. Except, unlike Okie St, Tech stays home. KU, Okie St, and UT will be pulling for Tech in this one.

6. UT at Nebraska *** (7:00p.m.) Swing game-No projection

KU, Okie St, and A&M will be hoping that NU can protect its home court. Can Kevin Durant and company lose three road games in a row?

--Mark

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