As noted in the previous REAL Standings Report, we now know who the worst team is to ever be ranked No. 1 this late in the season. And who the worst coach is. (Hint: He is Mike DeCourcy’s Mid-season coach of the year.)
Baylor filled the bill of the worst best team Tuesday evening in the hills of West Virginia. Their ranking was probably inescapable, being undefeated and having beaten some big-name opponents and all, but good god-almighty, did the voters pay no attention to their previous two games vs. Okie St and Iowa St, both games in which the Wacky Waconians looked no better than your average Tier 2 team. They would have lost both games had they been in Stillwater and Ames rather than Waco.
However, and it is a big HOWEVER, being romped and stomped and shredded like an unsolicited credit card application from Wells Fargo affected not Baylor’s chances to be No. 1 in the Big 12. They merely lost a game they were projected to lose. One of only two they were projected to lose all year. They maintained their REAL Standings record at 13-5.
The Bears did drop to second place, but that was not because of their loss. It was solely due to KU’s second W in an at-risk game, this one at Oklahoma. As mentioned in the previous RS Report, the Jayhawks were at risk in Norman, even in the absence of Jordan Woodard. With Woodard putting in an appearance, the Jayhawks trailed by 9 points at halftime and were fortunate to get out of town with the W. But get the W they did, resulting in a half game pickup in the REAL Standings.
In other action, Tech and K-State both trod water in Lubbock (a difficult task considering there is no water in Lubbock other than down by the levee when the levee’s not dry) with the Home team prevailing, sending the text and e-mail charges of the losing team’s coach further through the roof than the distance between where he stood on the court and his coaching box.
The following day, we had our first two surprises of the season. (“Surprise” being defined as any Road game won by a Tier Two team.) Iowa St took down Okie St in Stillwater, and TCU held off Texas in the final 5.6 seconds in Austin. By “held off,” I mean did nothing in particular. As described by Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman:
Leading by three with five seconds left, Fisher missed a free throw and the Horns got the rebound. With no timeouts at its disposal, Texas had to advance on the fly. But Kerwin Roach Jr. dribbled the ball at half-court and essentially dribbled out the final seconds.
After the horn, Roach and fellow sophomore Tevin Mack were barking at each other. Granted, Mack woofs at just about everyone but another teammate?
“It was no frustration, he was just giving me advice on what I should have done,” Roach said.
What was the advice? “Swing it ahead,” he said.
Good advice. Maybe Mack can be a player- coach once he comes off his indefinite suspension.
With their surprise victories, OSU and ISU both picked up a full game in the REAL Standings.
Projected L’s (at WVU, at BU)
At risk games (at ISU, at K-State, at Tech, at UT, at OSU)
Projected L’s (at KU)
At risk games (at K-State, at TCU, at OSU, at Tech, at ISU, at UT)
Projected L’s (at KU, at BU)
At risk games (at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OU, at TCU
Projected L’s (at TCU, at OU, at KU, at UT, at K-State, at Tech, at WVU)
At risk games (vs. KU, vs. WVU, vs. BU)
Projected L’s (at Tech, at OSU, at K-State, at BU, at ISU, at KU, at OU)
At risk games: (vs, BU, vs. WVU)
Texas Tech (2-2)
Projected L’s (at OU, at BU, at UT, at TCU, at WVU, at OSU, at K-State)
At risk games (vs. KU, vs. BU)
Projected L’s (OSU, at ISU, at BU, at WVU, at UT, at OU, at TCU)
At risk games (vs. BU, WVU, KU)
Projected L’s (at WVU, at UT, at Tech, at ISU, at OSU, at BU, at KU)
At risk games (vs. WVU)
Projected L’s (at BU, at KU, at TCU, at OSU, at OU, at WVU, at Tech)
At risk games (vs. WVU, vs. KU, vs. BU)
Okie State (0-4)
Projected L’s (at KU, at Tech, at OU, at WVU, at TCU, at K-State, at ISU)
At risk games (vs. BU, vs. KU)
AS SEEN ON TV
1. Okie St at Kansas (1:00p.m.) (ESPN2) (Projected W: KU)**
I scoff at the thought of Baylor being ranked No. 1. That, however, is the position to which KU will ascend with a W in this game. I don’t think KU is the best team in the land either. The difference is, they could be at some point in the season.
To paraphrase the Wizard of Oz (perhaps the first relevant Wizard of Oz comment ever in relation to Kansas basketball): “What does KU have that Baylor doesn’t have?”
Don’t answer that: it’s a rhetorical question.
2. West Virginia at Texas (3:00p.m.) (ESPN2) (At-risk game)***
Two of Texas’s three Big 12 losses have been by 3 points. So don’t count them out of the NIT just yet. Don’t laugh at UT and Shaka Smart just yet. Unless you just like laughing at UT and Shaka Smart for fun.
3. Baylor at K-State (3:30p.m.) (ESPNU) (At-risk game)****
The schedule makers have a sadistic streak in them. Why else would they have Baylor play at West Virginia and at K-State K-State the week they rose to their first number one ranking in history? Do they have something personal against Scott Drew? Well, yeah, who doesn’t? Still, this is uncalled for. Jigsaw thought of it first and turned it down. But I ask you, “Is he not a man? Does he not bleed when cut?”
No, REALly, Answer these questions. I want to know.
4. Iowa St at TCU (4:30p.m.) (FSSW) (Projected W: TCU)
The Cyclones’ opportunity to separate themselves from the rest of the Tier 2 pack.
5. Texas Tech at Oklahoma (7:30p.m.) (ESPNU) (Projected W: TCU)
Tech catches OU on the Road with Woodard apparently at full strength or close to it.