WEEKEND RECAP The thing about clinching the conference championship with three games remaining is that everything after that is anticlimactic. Indeed, KU lost at Okie St, as projected way back when the Cowboys were considered a Tier One team, and it didn’t matter other than a little bit of hurt pride.
Nor did Okie St’s storm the court victory mean much in the REAL Standings, unless you call moving into a 7th place tie with Baylor “much.”
Of course, it kept OSU’s dream of sneaking into the NCAA tournament alive; but they still need to take care of business on Big Monday vs. K-State to avoid finishing below .500 in games in Marcus Smart was not suspended for assaulting a fan. (Assuming Okie St loses Saturday, as projected, in Ames.) As noted ad infinitum and ad nauseum by CBB talking heads, no Big 12 team has ever been invited to the Dance with a losing record in conference play: 7-8 with Smart might not cut it.
No other Saturday game had any REAL meaning. Oklahoma and Texas remained in sole possession of second place with its projected win at Home vs. Texas. K-State’s projected w at Home vs. Iowa St kept both teams a half game back of OU. Tech lost at Baylor and TCU went down at West Virginia for zero movement among those four teams.
THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS TIERS
1. Tier One: Iowa St, K-State, KU, Oklahoma, Texas
2. Tier Two: Baylor, Okie St, Texas Tech, West Virginia
3. Tier Three: TCU
THE CURRENT REAL STANDINGS:
KU (13-3) Projected L’s: N/A At-risk games: at WVU
Oklahoma (10-6) Projected L’s: N/A At-risk games: N/A
Iowa St (10-6) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk Games: at BU
Texas (10-6) Projected L’s: N/A At-risk games: at Tech
K-State (10-6) Projected L’s: N/A At-risk games: at OSU
W. Virginia (8-8) Projected L’s: at OU At-risk games: KU
Baylor (7- 9) Projected L’s: at KSU At-risk games: ISU
Okie St (7-9) Projected L’s: at ISU At-risk games: KSU
Texas Tech (5-11) Projected L’s: at KU At-risk games: UT
TCU (0-16) Projected L’s: at UT, OU At-risk games: N/A
All times CST
1. K-State at Okie St (8:3p.m.) * (At-risk game)
Notwithstanding its win Saturday night vs. KU, this is a MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST Win game for Okie St. They cannot afford to finish 7-11 in league play, Marcus Smart suspension notwithstanding, and their next game is at Iowa St (projected loss).
2. Iowa St at Baylor (12:30p.m.) ** (Projected W: BU)
Notwithstanding its win Saturday vs. Tech, this is a MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST MUST Win game for Baylor. They cannot afford to finish 7-11 in league play, and their next game is at K-State (projected loss).
3. TCU at Texas (7:00p.m.) * (Projected W: UT)
Two good signs for Texas: 1, They’re at Home. 2. They’re playing TCU.
4. Texas Tech at KU (7:00p.m.)** (Projected W: KU)
Two good signs for KU: 1. They’re at Home. 2. They’re playing another Big 12 team.
5. West Virginia at Oklahoma (8:00p.m.) **** (At risk game)
Two good signs for Oklahoma. 1. You know. 2. You know.