REAL Standings: A Half Step Closer

MIDWEEK RECAP

Again, for two days, my ears were subjected to the nonsensical assertion that k-state was in first place in the Big 12—that KU had somehow fallen out of the lead just because they lost a game they were projected to lose in the REAL Standings.

I pity the fool who gives any mind to the UNreal—or should I say Uninformed—Standings found in your local newspaper.

In REALity, KU moved closer to capturing its 51st conference championship during this midweek session of games, by virtue of k-state’s losable game loss to Texas Tech, which caused the purple gang to drop ½ game further behind the Jayhawks in the REAL Standings. KU’s REAL Standings record remained 13-3, because the L the Jayhawks took in Austin had already been debited against their account. The Hawks did miss an opportunity to virtually end the conference race by picking up a full game in the REAL Standings. But what fun would that be? Then there would be little reason for me to engage in this exercise, other than keeping track of the team most likely to grab the fourth first round bye in the conference tourney.

The biggest midweek winner is Mizzou, picking up a full game in the REAL Standings with its OT victory at Nebraska, a game that was a projected L for the Tigers. This avenged Mizzou’s earlier loss in a projected W game to NU in Columbia.

Other midweek winners, picking up ½ game in the RSP, are, of course, Tech, as well as Okie St, with its victory over a One Tier Higher team (Baylor) in Stillwater. The latter game raises the issue of whether Baylor should retain its status as a Tier One Team. Let’s just say that the Bears are on double secret probation. (Although, in its favor, BU has no Road games remaining on its schedule at any contender’s venue.)

OU’s victory over Iowa St in Norman, being a projected W for the Sooners, was, like the UT/KU game, a non-event in the REAL world.

REAL STANDINGS: 2/15/08

1. 13-3

KU (8-2) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at OSU, at A&M

2. 11.5-4.5

k-state (7-2) Projected L’s: at BU, at KU Losable games: at NU

UT (7-2) Projected L’s: at BU, at ksu Losable games: at TT

4. 11-5

Baylor (4-4) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at OU, at TT

5. 9.5-6.5

A&M (5-3) Projected L’s: at UT, at OU, at BU Losable games: KU

6. 7.5-8.5

Tech (4-5) Projected L’s: at A&M, at KU Losable games: at CU, UT, BU

7. 7-9

MU (4-6) Projected L’s: at ksu, at BU, at OU Losable games: N.A.

8. 6.5-9.5

OU (4-5) Projected L’s: at TT, at UT, at NU, at OSU Losable games: BU

9. 6-10

NU (3-6) Projected L’s: at A&M, at OSU, at UT Losable games: at ISU, ksu

10. 5.5-10.5

OSU (3-7) Projected L’s: at A&M, at MU, at UT Losable games: KU

11. 3.5-12.5

ISU (3-7) Projected L’s: at TT, KU, at CU, at MU, ksu Losable games: NU

CU (2-7) Projected L’s: at KU, at MU, BU, at ksu, at NU Losable games: TT

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE

Big XII Weekend Games, with IQ (Interest Quotient) on a 1-4 star scale:

SATURDAY

1. CU at KU (12:30p.m.)*

For the second time this season, CU catches the Jayhawks coming off a loss. In fact, no one else has had this distinction even once. The first time, CU put up a fight for 30 minutes. This game, however, is in Lawrence vs. a team whose manhood has been questioned not only by fans and sportswriters, but by its own coach. And it is Hoops reunion weekend in Lawrence, including a celebration of the 1988 NCAA champions. The halftime festivities should be more interesting than the actual game.

Projected W: KU

2. Okie St at A&M (2:00p.m.)**1/2

Okie St got a nice Home victory for a Tier Two Team Wednesday night vs. Baylor. Will it ever take its act on the Road?

Projected W: A&M

3. NU at ISU (3:00p.m.)*1/2

Two teams going nowhere. Iowa St is watchable in Hilton Coliseum.

Projected W: None

4. OU at Tech (3:00p.m.)***

Nice Tier Two matchup with Longar Longar back in the lineup for OU OU.

Projected W: Tech

5. Mizzou at k-state (5:00p.m.)***

Let’s see if k-state is any good at playing the revenge card. Even so, Mizzou, having nothing to lose, might make this a ball game.

Projected W: k-state

6. UT at Baylor (5:00p.m.)****

An Opportunity Game for UT. A W here, and they move past k-state and to within ½ game of the Jayhawks in the REAL Standings. On the other side of the coin, a Baylor loss places them in jeopardy of losing their edge over A&M for a Thursday bye in the Big 12 tournament.

Projected W: Baylor

--Mark

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