During the overload of information connected with the weekend’s college basketball games, some talking head or other called Texas A&M the Big 12’s hottest team. Excuse me? A team that is 7-3 is hotter than one that is 10-0? A team whose top two Road wins are in Columbia and Lubbock hotter than a team that has won in Manhattan and Austin?
On the bright side: Can’t pin this one on Reid Gettys. I don’t recall who made this ridiculous statement, but it definitely was not Reid.
No denying, though, that A&M helped itself with its win Saturday in Lubbock. The Aggies were the only Road team to prevail this weekend. In fact, other than Mizzou, the only one to come close. OU, NU, CU, and ISU, the four teams playing the worst in the league, lost big to Okie St, UT, K-State and KU. Those four games, as well as Mizzou’s last second loss to Baylor, were all Projected as L’s and, as a result, were of no import.
The Aggies win in Lubbock?
Definitely of import. . .
The time has come to agnowledge A&M as a Tier 1 team. Not that they have accomplished anything great; but, other than KU, who has? They are unbeaten at Home. They have two wins on the Road vs. teams not named Nebraska, Colorado, or Iowa St. They did everything but beat UT in Austin. Their only REAL blemish is getting run off the court in Manhattan.
The temptation is to say that the Aggies’ claim to Tier 1 status could come tumbling down if they lose Monday night to KU (a game, by the way, they are, as a Tier 1 team, projected to win). But why would that make any difference, even if it happens? They would be in good company, joining the other Tier 1 teams not named KU to lose at Home to the Jayhawks.
With 10 games down, 6 to go:
Tier 1: KU, K-State, Texas A&M, UT.
Tier 2: Baylor, Mizzou, Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas Tech
Tier 3: Colorado, Iowa St, Nebraska
February 14, 2010 REAL Big 12 Standings:
KU (10-0) Projected L’s: at A&M Losable games: at Okie St, at Mizzou 2. 12-4
Texas A&M (7-3) Projected L’s: N/A Losable games: at BU, at OU
K-State (7-3) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: at OU, at Tech
UT (6-4) Projected L’s: at A&M Losable games: at Mizzou, at Tech at BU
Mizzou (6-4) Projected L’s: at K-State, Losable games: vs. UT, at NU, at ISU vs. KU
Baylor (6-4) Projected L’s: at OSU, at OU, at Tech Losable games: vs. A&M, vs. UT
Okie St (5-5) Projected L’s: at UT, at A&M Losable games: at Iowa St, vs. KU
Texas Tech (4-6) Projected L’s: at BU Losable games: vs. UT, vs. K-State, at NU, at CU
Oklahoma (4-6) Projected L’s: at KU, at UT Losable games: at CU, vs. K-State, vs. A&M
Iowa St (2-8) Projected L’s: vs. A&M, at CU, at K-State, Losable games: vs. Okie St, vs. Mizzou
Colorado (2-8) Projected L’s: at KU, at Mizzou, at NU Losable games: vs. OU, vs. Tech
Nebraska (1-9) Projected L’s: at K-State, at ISU, at OSU Losable games: vs. Mizzou, vs. Tech,
What to Watch
1. KU at Texas A&M (8:00p.m.)***** (at-risk game for both teams)
A&M’s chance to make a statement. Win this game, and second place is the Aggies’ to lose. . .
2. Texas Tech at Baylor (7:00p.m.)**1/2 (Projected W: Baylor)
Tech attempts to pick up its second straight Road win. Unfortunately, unlike their most recent Road Kill, Baylor’s roster hasn’t been decimated by the police blotter. No opinion is herein expressed as to whether it should be. . .
3. Nebraska at K-State (6:00p.m.) *1/2 (Projected W: K-State)
Has Nebraska decided to mail in the rest of the season? Looked like it Saturday in Austin.
4. Oklahoma at Colorado (7:00p.m.)** (at-risk game for both teams)
After taking down UT in Norman, the Sooners fought the law and guess what—the law won. Don’t look now, but CU is licking its chops like every ACC team other than NC State anticipating a game against UNC.
5. Okie St at Iowa St (7:00p.m.)** (at-risk game for both teams)
The Cowboys have but one win on the Road: at K-State. With UT and A&M their remaining games away from Historic Gallagher-Iba Arena, they need to take advantage of this chance. Might be their last one. . .
6. Texas at Mizzou (8:00p.m.)**** (at-risk game for both teams)
Desperate times require desperate measures. These are two desperate teams. Should be fun.