REAL Standings: The Calm Before the Storm Before the Tsunami Edition

WEEKEND RECAP

The REAL Standings experienced one major change on Saturday: K-State picking up a full game in the RS by virtue of pulling out a last minute victory in Waco in a game that was a projected loss. Banning a serious lapse in its final four games, K-State has likely secured a spot in March Madness.

The only other movement was by Tier 3 Okie St, picking up ½ game in an at-risk Home game vs. Tier Two Texas.

Mizzou picked up no REAL Standings ground, but did take a baby step toward what is potentially its first Big 12 title ever—in anything. Its W at Texas A&M was Projected and Expected. Nevertheless, it was not automatic—not like, say, its game at Tech will be. To the extent that College Station is a more difficult venue than Tech, Mizzou gained ground vs. the Jayhawks, who now must win at A&M to match the Tigers’ feat; whereas the only KU Road W remaining for Mizzou to match is at Tech, the surest gimme this side of a two foot putt by the REAL Tiger.

Neither Iowa State nor KU broke a sweat in claiming their Projected W’s against Oklahoma and Tech, respectively.

THE TIERS

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

2-19-12

1. 16-2

KU (12-2) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A

2. 15-3

Mizzou (12-2) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: N/A

3. 12-6

Baylor (9-5) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: at UT, at ISU

4. 10.5-7.5

Iowa St (9-5) Projected L’s: at K-State, at Mizzou At Risk games: vs. Baylor

5. 9.5-8.5

Texas (7-7) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: vs. Baylor

K-State (7-7) Projected L’s: at Mizzou At Risk games: at A&M

7. 7-11

Okie St (6-8) Projected L’s: at OU, vs. KU, at K-State At Risk games: N/A

8. 5-13

Oklahoma (3-11) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at Texas At Risk games: N/A

9. 4.5-13.5

Texas A&M (4-10) Projected L’s: vs. KU, at Okie St, at OU At Risk games: vs. K-State

10 1-17

Texas Tech (1-13) Projected L’s: at ISU, vs. Texas, at Baylor, vs. Mizzou

At Risk games: N/A

ON THE TUBE

MONDAY

Baylor at Texas**** (8:00p.m.—ESPN) (At-risk game)

Don’t look now, but if Baylor loses this game—which is possible (even likely in my subjective opinion)—they’re a six loss team in conference play.

TUESDAY

K-State at Mizzou**** (6:0p.m.—ESPN2) (Projected W: Mizzou)

Mizzou tunes up for the biggest game in its program’s history. K-State might, however, throw a monkey wrench into Mizzou’s distributor cap if the refs call (or refrain from calling) ‘em both ways.

WEDNESDAY

Okie St at Oklahoma** (7:00p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: OU)

If a basketball game is played and no one is there to watch it, can it be called “bedlam”?

KU at A&M***1/2 (8:00p.m.—ESPN2) (Projected W: KU)

The Jayhawks tune up for the annual challenge to their Big 12 dominance. They better not get caught looking ahead, because the Aggies hang around at Home against just about everyone—and what if they get a more favorable whistle than they did Saturday?

Texas Tech at Iowa St * (8:00p.m.—ESPNU) (Projected W: ISU)

If Iowa St were to loan Tech Royce White for this game, this would be a pick ‘em.

--Mark

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