REAL Standings: The Fat Lady Edition

    It wasn’t long ago that KU was 1.5 games out of first place in the REAL Standings. Then something funny happened. The Jayhawks beat Oklahoma on the Road in a Projected Loss Game. They defeated Baylor on the Road in a Projected Loss Game. They overcame arch-rival K-State on the Road in an At Risk Game. And they Hooked Texas on the Road in a Projected Loss Game.

    That’s how you win championships.  Which is the mantra of the REAL Standings: Championships are won on the Road.

    What’s more, it is how you win championships by three games. Off the top of my head, I don’t recall a year when the champion turned a 1.5 game deficit into a three game lead.  Yet the Jayhawks are on pace to do just that provided they win at Home Saturday vs. Iowa St and Baylor wins, as projected, vs. West Virginia. 

    In Midweek contests not involving KU and Texas, West Virginia kept its hopes alive for an undisputed second place finish by taking Texas Tech apart, as projected, in Morgantown; Iowa St took care of business against Okie St on Senior Day in Ames, as projected; Oklahoma won in Norman, as projected, vs. Baylor (although blowing a 26 point lead and then having to come from behind to pull the game out in the final seconds was neither projected nor expected); and K-State parlayed its best shooting game of the season into a projected W in Manhattan vs. TCU. 

    Meaning only KU picked up ground in the REAL standings. The rich just get richer. And you thought income inequality was bad.  

                    CURRENT TIERS
1.    Oklahoma
West Virginia
Iowa State 

2.    K-State
Texas Tech

3.    Okie St
                HOW WE GOT HERE
Good W’s (Road wins at Power 6 venues):
•    Texas (at WVU, at Baylor)
•    Oklahoma (at Baylor, at WVU)
•    West Virginia (at Iowa St)
•    Baylor (at Iowa St, at Texas)
•    KU (at Oklahoma, at Baylor, at UT)
•    ISU (None)

Bad L’s (Losses at Home or at TCU/Okie St):
•    KU (at Okie St)
•    WVU (vs. UT, vs. OU)
•    OU (vs. KU)
•    UT (at TCU, vs. Baylor, vs. KU)
•    Baylor (vs. OU, vs. UT, vs. Tech, vs. KU)
•    ISU (vs. Baylor, vs. WVU)

                    CURRENT PROJECTIONS
1.    15-3
KU (14-3):     
Projected L’s: None
    At risk games: None

2.        12-6

    OU (11-6):     
Projected L’s: None
    At risk games: None

    WVU (12-5)
    Projected L’s (at Baylor)
    At risk games: None 

4.    11-7

Baylor (10-7): 
Projected L’s: None
    At risk games: None

        UT (10-7):     
Projected L’s: None
    At risk games: None

6.    10-8

ISU (10-7): 
Projected L’s (at KU)
    At risk games: None    

7.    9-9
    Texas Tech (8-9):
Projected L’s: None
              At risk games: None

8.    5-13
K-State (5-12)
Projected L’s (at Tech)
At risk games: None

9.    3-15

Okie State (3-14):  
Projected L’s (vs. UT)
At risk games: None

10.     2-16

TCU (2-15): 
Projected L’s (vs. OU)
At risk games: None

                AS SEEN ON TV


8:00p.m.: Texas at Okie St (ESPN2)** (Projected W: UT)

    You’ve heard of Friday Night Lights in Texas. Call this a Friday Night Lightweight for Texas.


Noon: Oklahoma at TCU (ESPW) *1/2 (Projected W: OU)

    Don’t look for Trent Johnson to talk about OU sucking prior to game time.

1:00 p.m.: West Virginia at Baylor (ESPN)**** (Projected W: BU)

    Sole possession of second place for the Mountaineers wouldn’t suck.

2:00p.m.: K-State at Texas Tech (ESPW)*** (Projected W: Tech)

K-State’s only Road win of the season was at TCU. They could use another here to wrap up an NIT invite.
3:00p.m.: Iowa St at KU (ESPN)**** (Projected W: KU)

    Senior Day at KU. And this time, KU has some seniors you have heard of.