REAL Standings: Sigh, CLones! Edition


              Another session of mid-week games with little of note taking place. The only change to the REAL Standings came as a result of Texas protecting Home court in an at risk game vs. Iowa St.  Even without Ridley in the middle, UT is as tough as a Tier 1 team in Austin. On the Road? Not so much. Unfortunately for Mr. Smart, nothing they can do at Home can ever make up for their loss in Fort Worth.

              At any rate, UT picks up half a game in the REAL Standings, while Iowa St drops another half game. With its loss at Home loss to Baylor, the Cyclones have dropped 1.5 games in four days. Even with 14 games remaining in an 18 game season, Iowa St is starting to run out of time.

              In other games, none of which affected the RS in any respect, West Virginia won at Home vs. KU as projected; K-State won at Home vs. Texas Tech as projected; Baylor took out TCU at Home as projected; and Oklahoma Ambled its way to victory at Tier 3 Okie St as projected. Not that OSU can be Blamed; they actually gave a good account of themselves for the league’s last place team. Almost won, in fact, when OU decided to foul with the lead in the closing seconds, which turned a “no worse than OT vs. a lesser team” game into a “pray their decent look at the buzzer bounces off the rim” game.

              Accordingly, Baylor remains atop the Big 12 REAL Standings, followed by KU and West Virginia (1/2 game back), and Oklahoma (a full game off the pace).

                                                                        CURRENT TIERS

1.       Kansas



West Virginia

Iowa State

2.       K-State


Texas Tech

3.       Okie St


                                                          CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.           13.5-4.5

              Baylor (3-1):

Projected L’s (at WVU, at OU)

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

2.           13-5

              KU (3-1):            

Projected L’s (at ISU, at OU, at BU)

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

WVU (4-0):        

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

              At risk games (at Tech, at UT)

4.           12.5-5.5

              OU (3-1):           

Projected L’s (at ISU, at BU, at WVU)

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

5.           11-7

ISU (1-3):

Projected L’s (at BU, at WVU, at KU)

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

6.           7.5-10.5

              UT (2-2):            

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

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

7.           7-11

              Texas Tech (1-3):

Projected L’s (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 (1-3):

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.           3-15

TCU (1-3):

Projected L’s (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 (1-3):  

Projected L’s (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


1:00p.m.: TCU at Kansas (ESPN) * (Projected W: KU)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to TCU, catching KU in Allen Fieldhouse after the Jayhawks’ fiasco in Morgantown. On the other hand, the Frogs gave KU a bit of a scare last year in Lawrence.

2:00p.m.: Baylor at Texas Tech (FSSW) ***1/2 (At risk game)

Baylor can put a little space between themselves and the other contenders here. Or fall back to the pack. Tech has already taken out Texas in Lubbock and is likely to take a current tier 1 team or 2 before they are through. Fortunately for KU, Lubbock is in their rear view mirror.

3:00p.m.: Iowa State at K-State (ESPNU) ***1/2 (At risk game)

It isn’t like a loss here will be fatal to Iowa St’s hopes of claiming a REAL Big 12 championship as opposed to another bogus one. Well, on second thought, it is LIKE that.  

3:00p.m.: West Virginia at Oklahoma (ESPN2) **** (Projected W: OU)

The Mountaineers’ opportunity to finally accomplish something noteworthy.

8:00p.m.: Okie St at Texas (ESPN) *1/2 (Projected W: UT)

              The more Home games UT wins, the better its chances of sneaking into the Big Dance.