On this particular Saturday, the Top 6 teams in this edition of the REAL Standings played the Bottom 6, and guess who won every game? That's right: A&M, KU, k-state, UT, Okie St, and OU. And three of those games were on the Road: A&M at Nebraska, KU at Mizzou, and OU at Baylor.
Not that the home court made no difference. It is difficult to imagine Okie St surviving Tech had that game been played in Lubbock. But they did somehow pick up their projected W in Stillwater.
Also picking up projected W's were UT (vs. Iowa St in Austin), and k-state (at Home vs. Colorado).
Oklahoma, meanwhile, picked up a full game in the REAL Standings by outlasting Baylor on the Road, depriving the Bears of a projected W. In the process, OU displaced Nebraska in the first division.
A&M and KU both took half a step forward from the rest of the pack (other than OU) by prevailing in at risk games at Nebraska and Mizzou-meaning they remain tied at the Top of the standings. Of course, if the two teams finish the season deadlocked, the Aggies will enjoy the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 Tournament. Which might not be all bad, considering it could lead to Saturday afternoon contests in OKC between two in-state rivals north and south of the Oklahoma border.
REAL STANDINGS AS OF FEBRUARY 11, 2007
Texas A&M (9-1)
(projected L's at Okie St, at UT; at risk game at OU)
(projected L at k-state; at risk game at OU)
(projected L at Okie St; at risk games at NU)
(projected L's at KU; at risk games at Baylor, at OU)
Oklahoma St (5-4)
(projected L at UT; at risk games at Tech, at Baylor, at NU)
(projected L's at ISU, at Mizzou, at k-state; at risk games vs. A&M, vs. UT, vs. KU)
(projected L's at KU, at Baylor; at risk games vs. k-state, at CU, vs. Okie St)
Texas Tech (4-6)
(projected L's at A&M, at UT, at ISU; at risk game vs. Okie St)
Iowa St (3-7)
(projected L's at k-state, at KU, at NU; no at risk games)
(projected L's at Okie St, at NU, at A&M; No at risk games)
(projected L's at Mizzou, at A&M, at Tech; at risk games vs. UT, vs. Okie St)
(projected L's vs. KU, at Tech, at ISU, vs. k-state, at Mizzou; at risk game vs. NU)
The Mid-Week Big XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) are:
1. Okie St at UT**** (8:00p.m.) Projected W: UT
It took Okie St 3 TO's , a miracle shot, and an improbable shot in the last 5 seconds to squeeze by UT in Stillwater. Coming off 2 OT's Saturday, do they have any chance of making this their first Road W of the conference season? Can you say "Fat chance"? I thought you could.
2. Texas Tech at A&M***1/2 (6:00p.m.) Projected W: A&M
Five straight losses for Tech since taking down KU and A&M in consecutive games in Lubbock. Do I hear six? Going once. Going twice. Gone are the Red Raiders' dreams of NCAA glory.
3. k-state at Nebraska***1/2 (7:00p.m.) At risk game: No projection
This is where k-state must make its case asa legitimate Top 4 team. A&M, KU, and UT have all come away from Lincoln with a W.
4. Oklahoma at Iowa St**1/2 (7:00p.m.) At risk game: No projection
Hilton Magic has left the building. This is a chance for the hard charging Sooners to reach the coveted .500 mark in the REAL Standings and elbow their way into the discussion of bubble teams.
5. Baylor at Mizzou*1/2 (6:00p.m.) Projected W: Mizzou
Could be Baylor's last chance to make a run at 10th place. Will be interesting to see the attendance at the Paige now that REALity is setting in on Mizzou's season. Could be 40 minutes of bored as hell.
6. KU at Colorado** (8:00p.m.) Projected W: KU
Allen Fieldhouse-Rocky Mountain Annex. "Nuf said.