What was that I said about KU’s game at Colorado? Oh, yeah: << Perhaps the most dangerous game remaining on the Jayhawks’ schedule. Colorado frequently (though not always) plays the Hawks tough in Boulder, they are better than usual, and how can KU have anything left in their emotional tank after Saturday night? Tune in and see. <<
Well, we turned in and saw. And it was dangerous. Especially to anyone with heart problems. The team appeared to lose all of its emotion after jumping to an early 16 point lead, perhaps thinking they could take it easy the rest of the night.
Still, somehow they managed to exit Boulder with a W, allowing the Jayhawks to pick up a half game in the REAL Standings and keeping k-state and UT at arm’s length while knocking another game off the schedule.
Not that they picked up any ground on their two main challengers, however, as UT and k-state also picked up half games in the REAL world with Road at-risk victories over Okie St and Nebraska. Both W’s were more easily garnered than KU’s, but guess what: they count the same.
The big Midweek move belongs to the Aggies. They and Mizzou changed places in the REAL Standings as A&M pulled off the rarest of feats: a W on the Road in a Projected Loss contest. Mizzou, meanwhile, can start sweating: It looks like Bubble Time.
The week’s other game went as Projected: Baylor over Iowa St by a lot in Waco. No movement there.
1. Contenders: KU, K-State, and UT.
2. Competitors: Everyone else.
3. Bottom-feeders: None.
The January 28, 2010 REAL Big 12 Standings:
KU (7-0) Projected L’s: at UT Losable games: at A&M, at Okie St, at Mizzou
UT (5-2) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at OU, at Mizzou, at Tech, at A&M, at BU 3. 10.5-5.5
K-State (5-3) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: at ISU, at OU, at Tech
Texas A&M (5-3) Projected L’s: at Tech, at ISU, at BU, at OU Losable games: vs. KU, vs. UT
Baylor (4-3) Projected L’s: at A&M, at NU, at OSU, at OU, at Tech Losable games: vs. UT
Okie St (4-4) Projected L’s: at Tech, at Iowa St, at UT, at A&M Losable games: vs. KU
Mizzou (4-3) Projected L’s: at CU, at BU, at NU, at K-State, at ISU Losable games: vs. UT, vs. KU
Oklahoma (3-4) Projected L’s: at OSU, at CU, at KU, at UT Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State
Iowa St (2-5) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at KU, at CU, at K-State Losable games: vs. K-State
Colorado (2-6) Projected L’s: at K-State, at KU, at Mizzou, at NU Losable games: N/A
Texas Tech (2-5) Projected L’s: at OU, at BU, at NU, at CU Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State
Nebraska (1-6) Projected L’s: at KU, at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OSU Losable games: N/A
What to Watch
1. Okie St at Texas Tech (12:30p.m.)** (Projected W: Tech)
Okie St is 0-2 since it captured everyone’s fancy with a Road win in Manhattan. That game is looking worse and worse for k-state as time goes on.
2. k-state at Iowa St (1:00p.m.)*** (at-risk game for both teams)
Away from the Octagon, k-state has the Road court advantage. Hey, their record is better on the Road than at the OOD.
3. Mizzou at Colorado (2:00p.m.)*** (Projected W: Colorado)
If Mizzou wants to make a run for a first round bye in the Big 12 Money-Grubbing Tournament, they must atone for Wednesday night’s loss in Columbia by making up ground on the Road. It should be apparent that CU will not just roll over and let them have one. Mizzou’s season is officially on the brink.
4. Baylor at Texas A&M (3:00p.m.)***1/2 (Projected W: A&M)
Most intriguing game of the weekend. By Saturday night, one of these teams will have the inside track for a first round bye in K.C.
5. Texas at Oklahoma (3:00p.m.)*** (at-risk game for both teams)
Will Willie will the Sooners to victory? Will he?
Will Jordan Hamilton stake his claim as the top freshman in the Big 12 and move UT back into REAListic contention for at least a co-championship?
It’s the Sooners’ only chance to win a game in a sport that matters this year vs. their Red River Rivals.
6. Nebraska at KU (5:00p.m.)* (Projected W: KU)
There are not many games that can be taken for granted in this conference. Meet the exception. And it comes at a good time, allowing the Jayhawks to recharge their batteries before heading to Austin.