John McGlaughlin: Kansas is 8-1. Mizzou is 7-2. Who’s in first place?
Reid Gettys: Kansas.
McGlaughlin: Wrong! The Tigers hold a ½ game lead in the REAL Standings because of who they have played and who they have left to play!
Now—Mizzou beats Kansas--never mind it was a fluke--in Columbia. Both teams are now 8-2, along with Baylor. Who is in first place and by how much?
Nick Wright: Since Mizzou was in first place by ½ game, they now lead by 1 and ½ games.
McGlaughlin: Wrong! The Tigers remain in first place, I’ll give you that, but by on;y ½ game. Winning at Home gets you nothing. Zero. Zilch. Nada. Nothing but a game off the schedule. You have to win at Home! You are expected to win at Home!
Next. Mizzou wins at Oklahoma, Kansas wins at Baylor. Both teams are 9-2. Who is in first place and by how much?
Jon Sundvold: Mizzou. And not just because its my alma mater. They were ½ game ahead of KU. They both won. Mizzou maintains its ½ game lead.
McGlaughlin: Wrong! Winning at OU gets Mizzou nothing. Nothing but a game off the schedule. Winning at Baylor gets KU a full game in the REAL Standings. Kansas moves ahead of Mizzou by ½ game.
Our last question is for Jimmy Dykes. Mr. Dykes, if Kansas beats Oklahoma St Saturday in Lawrence while Mizzou beats Baylor in Columbia, who will be in first place and by how much? Hold on. You can't leave. There’s a question on the table.
Jimmy Dykes: I’m going to get an aspirin. One that has “it.”
And that is what the REAL Standings are about. Having matched Mizzou’s win in Waco Wednesday night, KU leapfrogs over Mizzou to move into first place in the REAL Standings. What’s more, the Jayhawks will remain a half game ahead of the Tigers if they take care of business Saturday against Okie St at Home, even if Mizzou beats Baylor in Columbia.
In less important games on Monday and Tuesday, Texas, a Tier Two outfit, picked up a half game by winning an at-risk game in against Tier Three Texas A&M in College Station. Tier Three Okie St, conversely, picked up a half game by taking out Iowa St, a Tier Two team, in Stillwater.
In other “action,” K-State ho-hummed its way past woeful Texas Tech while breaking the Guinness Book of World Records mark for most players meeting the official definition of sleep-walking during a basketball game in a winning effort. Well, except for the “effort” part. Since that W was projected, it meant nothing except another game off the schedule.
Tier 1: Baylor, KU, Mizzou
Tier 2: Iowa St, K-State, Texas
Tier 3: Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas A&M
Tier 4: Texas Tech
REAL BIG 12 STANDINGS
KU (9-2) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: at K-State
Mizzou (9-2) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: N/A
Baylor (8-3) Projected L’s: at Mizzou At Risk games: at UT, at ISU
Iowa St (7-4) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at K-State, at Mizzou
At Risk games: vs. Baylor
Texas (5-6) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: at OU, at Okie St, vs. Baylor
K-State (6-5) Projected L’s: at Texas, at Baylor, at Mizzou At Risk games: vs. KU, at A&M
Okie St (5-6) Projected L’s: at KU, at Mizzou, at OU, vs. KU, at K-State
At Risk games: vs. Texas
Oklahoma (3-8) Projected L’s: at ISU, at Baylor, at Texas
At Risk games: at Tech, vs. Texas
Texas A&M (3-8) Projected L’s: at ISU, vs. Mizzou, vs. KU, at Okie St, at OU
At Risk games: at Tech, vs. K-State
Texas Tech (0-11) Projected L’s: at KU, At ISU, vs. Texas, at Baylor, vs. Mizzou
At Risk games: vs. OU, vs. A&M
ON THE TUBE
Baylor at Mizzou****: (12:30p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: Mizzou)
If Baylor were to suddenly act like it has been coached, this could be a great game. What are the odds?
K-State at Texas ****: (1:00p.m.—ESPN) (At-risk game)
Does K-State, in fact, own Texas?
Okie St at KU***: (3:00p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: KU) The phrase “trap game” is one of the most commonly improperly used terms in all of sports, often employed for any game immediately before or after a big game against an arch-rival or fellow contender. Technically, it refers to a game a team is expected to win easily that is situated in the middle of two games that demand a high expenditure of emotional energy. Kinda, like, say, playing Okie St at Home immediately after playing Baylor in Waco and immediately before K-State in Manhattan. And, in this case, adding arch-rival Mizzou, in the final game in Columbia between the two teams in the same conference, on College Gameday, in prime time, on a Saturday night to the front part of the equation.
Yep, this is a "trap game" and then some.
Will AFH save the day?
Or will talent?
Texas A&M at Iowa State***: (3:00p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: ISU)
A&M has now wrested from UT the conference lead in Closest But Fewest Cigars team.
Oklahoma at Texas Tech *: (7:00p.m.—TTSN) (At-risk game)
Don’t expect OU to go 9/23 from the line like it did against Mizzou. Tech’s Free Throw D is nowhere near that of the Tigers’.