REAL Standings: Bearly Believable edition

             

             Great Scott!  What have we here? A new entry in the race for the Big 12 championship?

              Technically, Baylor had already submitted its entry fee and been afforded contender status, being a Tier 1 team and all. However, who REALly believed they would be the first team to draw blood on the Road vs. a fellow contender? Those wins are few and far between. They are what win championships.   Forget the fact that KU wiped the floor with them in Lawrence to the tune of 102-74. A loss in Allen Fieldhouse never hurt anyone. It is built into the schedule.

              For the moment, anyway, Baylor, by picking up a W in a game they were projected to lose, reside atop the REAL Big 12 Standings. And they did it the old fashioned way: They earrrrned it. You might say they were Stearn Bears.

              The question is: will they give it back by losing inexplicably to Texas or Texas Tech at Home or Okie St or TCU on the Road?

              At any rate, for the first time this season, the newspaper standings stray from REALity. They have KU and West Virginia tied for the league lead at 3-0.  For the moment, however, Baylor is the REAL first place team, with the Jayhawks and Mountaineers half a game back.

              KU picked up half a game in the REAL Standings with its at risk victory in Lubbock to join West Virginia in second place. Both now have the assignment of matching Baylor’s win in Ames.

              With their Home loss, Iowa St is suddenly squarely behind the Magic 8 Ball. It is certain.

              Although it had been since expected since Cam Ridley was injured, Texas finally played its way out of Tier 1. With their big man, who was averaging a double-double, UT might well be 3-0 and tied with the Jayhawks and Mountaineers . Without him, they are cannon fodder.

              In other action, OU defeated K-State in Norman, as projected, and West Virginia, downed Okie St in Morgantown, also as projected. No REAL changes there.

                                                                        CURRENT TIERS

    1.      Kansas

    Baylor

    Oklahoma

    West Virginia

    Iowa State

    2.      K-State

    Texas

    Texas Tech

    3.      Okie St

    TCU

                                                          CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.           13.5-4.5

              Baylor (2-1):

              Projected L’s (at ISU, at WVU, at OU)

              At risk games (at Tech, at K-State, at UT)

2.           13-5

              KU (3-0):            

             Projected L’s (at WVU, at ISU, at OU, at BU)

              At risk games (at K-State, at UT)

 

              WVU (3-0):        

              Projected L’s (at OU, at ISU, at KU, at BU)

              At risk games (at Tech, at UT)

4.           12.5-5.5

              OU (2-1):           

             Projected L’s (at ISU, at BU, at WVU)

              At risk games (at K-State, at Tech, at UT)

 

5.           11.5-6.5             

              ISU (1-2):

              Projected L’s (at BU, at WVU, at KU)

              At risk games (at UT, at K-State, at Tech)

6.           7-11

              UT (1-2):            

             Projected L’s (at WVU, at KU, at BU, at OU, at ISU at K-State,)

              At risk games (vs. ISU, vs. WVU, Vs. BU, vs. OU, vs. KU, at Okie St)

              Texas Tech (1-2):

              Projected L’s (at K-State, at OU, at UT, at BU, at KU, at WVU)

              At risk games (vs. BU, at TCU, vs.  WVU, vs. ISU, vs, OU, at Okie St)

               K-State (0-3):

              Projected L’s (at BU, at WVU, at KU, at ISU, at Tech)

             At risk games (vs. ISU, vs, OU, vs. BU, at Okie St, at TCU, vs. KU)

9.           3-1

              TCU (1-2):

              Projected L’s (at BU, at KU, vs. ISU, at UT, at OU, vs. KU, at WVU, at ISU, at Tech, vs.                     BU, at K-State, vs. OU)

              At risk games: (vs. Tech, vs. K-State)

10.         2.5-15.5

              Okie State (1-2):  

               Projected L’s (vs. OU, at UT, vs. KU, at K-State, vs. BU, at Tech, vs. ISU, at TCU, at KU,                  at OU, vs. WVU, at ISU)

              At risk games (at K-State, vs Tech, vs. UT)                         

                                 

                                                         AS SEEN ON TV

TUESDAY

6:00p.m.: Kansas at West Virginia (ESPN2) **** (Projected W: WVU)

The Jayhawks’ opportunity to move to match Baylor Tier 1 Road win and move past them  courtesy of their W in Lubbock.

7:00p.m.: Texas Tech at K-State (ESPN3) *** (Projected W: K-State)

These are desperate times for K-State. What desperate measures will Bruce Weber employ?

8:00p.m.: Iowa State at Texas (ESPN2) ***1/2 (At risk game)

The Cyclones can’t entirely make up for the Baylor loss in Austin, but, more importantly, they can’t afford to drop another half game even this even this early in the season.

WEDNESDAY

7:15p.m.: TCU at Baylor (ESPNW) *1/2 (Projected W: BU)

 A REAL ho-hummer, unless Scott Drew is the worst coach this side of Turner Gill.

  “So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”

8:00p.m.: Oklahoma at Okie St (ESPNU) * (Projected W: OU)

One anagram of “bedlam” is “ambled.” As in “OU was not energized in this game, but ambled its way to victory over what is, perhaps, the Big 12’s worst team. Another is “blamed.” As in, Okie St could not be blamed for losing this game. They suck.” Two word facts more interesting than this dog of a game is likely to be. And if the game is so boring it gives you a headache, there’s always the “med lab” down the street. That or Eskimo Joe’s.

Not to mention “Bad Mel” (Gibson?) and Ed Lamb (a lamb named Ed).

--Mark

 

 

 

             

 

 

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