WEEKEND RECAP The two biggest winners of the weekend were K-State and Baylor, both picking up rare Road W’s. K-State picked up its first conference victory away from the Octagon of Doom, downing Iowa St by a point on a busted play in the game’s final three seconds, while Baylor secured a two point victory in overtime at A&M. But, as they say in golf, they don’t ask how, only how many.
As a result, K-State picked up a full game in the REAL Standings, improving to 6.5-9.5, and keeping alive its hopes of sneaking into the NCAA tournament five weeks from now.
Baylor, with its second Road W of the season, moves from a projection of 6.5 W’s to 9, as the result of trading Tiers with A&M, losers of two Home games in six days.
One side effect of this turn of events is that UT is no longer projected to go undefeated: Baylor, playing at the level of a Tier Two team, looks to pose some level of challenge to the Longhorns in Waco—at least to the extent that UT will need to come to play on March 5.
The other four games went as projected: KU winning at Nebraska for, perhaps, the final time; and Mizzou, Okie St, and UT victorious at Home vs. Colorado, OU, and Texas Tech respectively.
REAL STANDINGS: 2-3-11
Tier One (Contenders): KU, UT Tier Two (Competitors): Baylor, Mizzou Tier Three (Also rans): Colorado, Iowa St, K-State, Nebraska, Okie St, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Tech
UT (8-0) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at Baylor
KU (7-1) Projected L’s: None Losable games: at Mizzou
Mizzou (4-4) Projected L’s: at KU Losable games: at ISU, at K-State, at NU, vs. KU
Baylor (5-4) Projected L’s: at UT, at Mizzou Losable games: at Okie St, vs. UT
A&M (4-4) Projected L’s: at CU, at Tech, at Okie St, at Baylor, at KU Losable games: None
Colorado (4-5) Projected L’s: at KU, at Tech, vs. UT, at ISU Losable games: vs. A&M 7. 6.5-9.5
K-State (4-5) Projected L’s: at CU, vs. KU, at Nebraska, at UT Losable games: vs. Mizzou
Okie St (4-5) Projected L’s: at NU, at UT, at KU, at OU Losable games: vs. Baylor
Oklahoma (4-4) Projected L’s: vs. UT, at Mizzou, at K-State, at A&M, vs. KU, at Tech Losable games: None
Texas Tech (3-6) Projected L’s: at Mizzou, at Baylor, at OSU, at A&M Losable games: None
Nebraska (3-5) Projected L’s: at BU, at OU, vs. UT, at ISU, at CU Losable games: vs. Mizzou
Iowa St (1-8) Projected L’s: at KU, at A&M, at UT, at K-State Losable games: vs. Mizzou
WHAT TO WATCH
1. Mizzou @ KU (8:00)**** (Projected W: KU)
Mizzou is winless on the Road, undefeated at Home in conference play. Look for them to play their most intense, most focused Road game of the season. They have nothing to lose at this point.
2. Nebraska @ Baylor (7:00)*** (Projected W: Baylor)
Baylor’s talent is beginning to grow up. Doesn’t bode well for the Huskers, who would like to win at least one Road game in their final Missouri Valley/Big 6/7/8/12 go around.
3. A&M at Colorado (7:00)*** (Projected W: Colorado)
Teams on three game losing streaks, two at Home, have long looked at Boulder as a place to get well. No longer. . .
4. Texas at Oklahoma (8:00)** (Projected W: UT)
Is it possible that Norman, Oklahoma could be the Waterloo of UT’s dream of an undefeated conference season?