REAL Standings: The revenant edition


              What do Lon Kruger and Bill Self have in common? No, I mean other than being two of the best college basketball coaches in all the land.

The answer is they both suck at the same thing: playing their alma maters on the Road. Self’s No. 3 ranked team got rolled by a mediocre Okie St team earlier this season.  It was his third straight loss in Stillwater.

Kruger’s No. 1 ranked team lost to K-State Saturday. It was his fourth straight loss in Manhattan.

More importantly OU’s loss of a half game in the REAL Standings brought them back to the pack. West Virginia is now tied with the Sooners for the league lead, and KU and Baylor pulled (or, more accurately, were dragged) to within one game of Oklahoma.

              The only other game that involved any movement in the REAL Standings was Iowa St defeating Okie St in Stillwater. Certainly, the loss of a half game was meaningless in the big picture for Okie St; it did, however, keep ISU as alive as Hugh Glass after his run-in with that bear.

              In other action, all non-consequential, KU took care of business on the Road by beating TCU as projected; Texas defeated Tech at Home as projected; and West Virginia downed Baylor at Home as projected.

                                                                        CURRENT TIERS

1.       Oklahoma

West Virginia




Iowa State

2.       K-State

Texas Tech

Okie St

3.       TCU

                                                          HOW WE GOT HERE

Good W’s (Road wins at Power 6 venues):

·       Texas (at WVU, at Baylor)

·       Oklahoma (at Baylor)

·       West Virginia (at Iowa St)

·       Baylor (at Iowa St)

·       KU and ISU (None)

Bad L’s (Losses at Home or at TCU):

·       KU and OU (None)

·       WVU (vs. UT)

·       UT (at TCU)

·       Baylor (vs. OU, vs. UT)

·       ISU (vs. Baylor, vs. WVU)

                                                                        CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.           12.5-5.5

              OU (7-3):           

Projected L’s (at WVU, at UT)

              At risk games (at Tech)

              WVU (8-2)

              Projected L’s (at KU, at UT, at Baylor)

              At risk games (at OSU)

3.           12-6

              UT 7-3):              

Projected L’s (at OU, at ISU)

              At risk games (at K-State, at Okie St)

4.           11.5-6.5

              Baylor (6-4):

Projected L’s (at UT, at OU)

              At risk games (at K-State)

              KU (7-3):            

Projected L’s (at OU, at BU, at UT)

              At risk games (at K-State)

6.           10.5-7.5

ISU (6-4):

Projected L’s (at BU, at WVU, at KU)

              At risk games (at Tech) 

7.           6-12

              Texas Tech (3-7):

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

              At risk games (vs. ISU, vs, OU)

K-State (3-7):

Projected L’s (at OSU, at ISU, at Tech)

At risk games (vs. BU, at TCU, vs. KU, vs. UT)

9.           5.5-12.5

Okie State (2-8): 

Projected L’s (at KU, at OU, at ISU)

At risk games (at TCU, vs. WVU, vs. UT)

10.         2-16

TCU (1-9):

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

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


                                                          AS SEEN ON TV


6:00p.m.: Okie St at TCU (ESPNU)* (At risk)

“Dear, why don’t we watch a good basketball game?”

“Now, Mother, we are settlers. I’ve settled for games like Oklahoma St at TCU all my life. Except they used to be called the Southwest Conference Game of the Week.”

“But Texas is playing Oklahoma. That game would be far more satisfying to watch.”

“We find our satisfaction elsewhere. The boy has his stick and hoop. The girl has her faceless doll. And you have your cabbages.”

“And you have your foot stomping.”

“Yes, I do. Me and cousin Drew.”

8:00p.m.: Texas at Oklahoma (ESPN)****(Projected W: OU)

Fortunately for Mother, the Texas/OU game starts after the Southwest Conference Game of the Week--I mean Okie St at TCU-- should be over.

Who woulda thunk when Cam Ridley got injured that UT could take command of the Big 12 race on February 8? If they can beat the Sooners on the Road two days after OU was ripped by K-State in Manhattan, they are the best team in the league. The jump shooting Lon Krugers will be loaded for bear. Not of the Baylor variety. More like the one that, had Hugh Glass been loaded for, Leo Dicaprio would be out of Oscar luck for another year.


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

And you thought Allen Fieldhouse was pandemonium personified for Oklahoma and Kentucky. That was kid stuff.


7:15p.m.: Baylor at K-State (ESPNU)**** (At risk)

Uh-oh. K-State has learned to finish. At least at Home.

8:00p.m.: Iowa St at Texas Tech (ESPNU)*** (At risk)

              With two Home losses, the Cyclones need all of the at risk W’s it can get.