REAL Standings: From Carrey to Kiefer

MID-WEEK WRAP-UP The number 23 opens Friday at a theater near you. And, yet, it is already passé in Kansas.

Indeed, you can forget about all those calculations involving numbers and dates that miraculously result in the No. 23, as well as the fact that 2 divided by 3 is the Number of the Huggins--kind of: if you ignore the decimal point and don't round the third digit to 7.

The only mathematical calculation you need to know is this: (7 - 1 + 6) x 2= 24.

So shall it be written. So shall it be done. At least until this time next year, when Jack Bauer makes way for Geo. Washington. Reserve your roll of 2008 quarters now to commemorate the moment at

By adding another year to the most amazing streak in the history of college basketball, KU picks up a full game in the REAL Standings and takes a precarious ½ game lead over A&M, who picked up but half a game by downing the patheticness that has become Okie St in what was an at-risk game in the REAL Standings formula (even though a can't lose game in REALity).

In other contests, all of no import, Mizzou won as projected vs. OU at Home; Iowa St won as projected vs. Colorado at Home; Baylor won as projected vs. Nebraska at Home; and UT won as projected vs. the schizophrenic team with the bipolar coach.

As things stand, the Jayhawks' slight edge in the REAL Standings is based on A&M's game against its archrival and Tier 1 team on the Road being what any REAListic observer would consider a more imposing task than KU's final Road game vs. a Tier 2 team in Norman.

REAL STANDINGS as of February 23 (That Number Again--Oooh, Spooky), 2007

1. 13.5-2.5

Kansas (11-2)

(at risk game at OU)

2. 13-3

Texas A&M (11-2)

(projected L at UT)

3. 11.5-4.5

Texas (10-3)

(projected L at KU; at risk game at OU)

4. 10.5-5.5

k-state (8-5)

(at risk game at Okie St)

5. 8-8

Texas Tech (6-7)

(projected L at ISU)

6. 7.5-8.5

Nebraska (4-8)

(at risk game at CU)

7. 7-9

Oklahoma (6-7)

(projected loss at k-state; at risk games vs. UT, vs. KU)

Mizzou (6-7)

(projected L's at NU, at A&M)

9. 6-10

Iowa St (5-8)

(projected L's at KU, at NU)

10. 5.5-10.5

Oklahoma St (5-7)

(projected L's at Tech, at Baylor, at NU; at risk game vs. k-state)

11. 4-12

Baylor (3-10)

(projected L's at A&M, at Tech)

12. 2.5-13.5

Colorado (2-11)

(projected L's vs. k-state, at Mizzou; at risk game vs. NU)


This Weekend's Big XII Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) are:

1. Okie St at Tech* (11:00a.m.)

Okie St's loss in Boulder is looking less aberrational all the time.

2. Baylor at A&M*1/2 (12:30p.m.)

A&M gets a gimme before taking the short drive through Dime Box, Elgin, and Manor for its REALly big game against UT next Wednesday.

3. Mizzou at Nebraska*** (12:30p.m.)

A win here and Mizzou is in the running for 5th place after losing its first four conference games. Which would be a monumental feat in their first year post Quin.

4. k-state at Colorado**1/2 (2:00p.m.)

Colorado has been improving just enough that they could make a game of this at Home. As for k-state: Forget last Monday night. This is now their biggest game of the season if they are interested in March Madness. (The REAL March Madness that is-the one not the NIT.)

5. UT at OU***1/2 (3:00p.m.)

If UT wins out, they at least share the conference title in back to back years. Winning out means victories over A&M, KU and-first, of course--OU.

6. Iowa St at KU*1/2 (5:00p.m.)

KU has been taking care of business vs. lesser teams lately.