Boy, is my face red. In the last REAL Standings Report, I erroneously reported that KU had lost last Tuesday night vs. K-State in Lawrence.
I should have known better. I was at the game. I saw Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk make a driving layup at the buzzer, and I saw the scoreboard change from 88-88 to 90-88.
But that was before I made it Home and heard from ESPN that Mykhailiuk had made an illegal maneuver before releasing the ball. His basket was not legal!
“Say it ain’t so,”I thought.
I dismissed this report as East Coast bias.
However, the report was confirmed the following morning by local outlets like the Kansas City Star and KC radio stations 610 and 810. Further east than ESPN, even, Pravda's lead story was, “Ukrainian Cheats!”
Vladimir Putin quoted his favorite Russian proverb (“Comrade Cheaters do not always win”) and vowed to release damaging excerpts from the refs’ private e-mails with their bookmakers.
It all came so fast, so furiously, so frequently, with such intensity, venom, and even humor, that I could not discount it. Sviatoslav had violated the rules of basketball. In fact, not merely “a” rule, but one of Dr. Naismith’s original rules:
3. A player cannot run with the ball, the player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed.
Most importantly, it was a violation that the refs call every time it occurs. At least, I am aware of no exceptions.
So I was persuaded that the Big 12 Powers-That-Be had overruled the refs’ call and awarded the victory to K-State for being denied the turnover it had earned while employing its Village of the Damned strategy; i.e., staring long and hard at Mykhailiuk’s backside, willing him to pick up his dribble early.
After all, correcting the refs when they miss a call is what the Big 12, like all sports organizations, does. Especially on missed traveling calls. Has the conference ever not corrected a missed traveling call, whether inadvertently or as SOP? Not that I could recall.
Likewise, has the conference ever failed to correct a missed call that has cost KU a victory? I mean, turnabout is fair play. KU has benefited from the reversal of bad calls against them in places like Lubbock, Boulder, Columbia, Manhattan, and Morgantown. Even in football, the Big 12 has declared the wronged team the victor even when doing so gave the opposing team a loss that cost them a spot in the Rose Bowl and the $$$ that come with it.
With the shoe on the other foot for once, the Jayhawks’ appropriate response was to grin and bear it.
To my surprise, after posting the last REAL Standings Report, I learned that the Big 12 office took a different approach in this one instance and placed the game in KU’s Win column.
With this unexpected turn of events, the REAL Standings have been adjusted to indicate that KU did not lose a game vs. the field last Tuesday, and K-State did not pick up a game.
In Saturday action, nothing notable happened. All five Home teams won as projected: West Virginia over TCU, K-State over OU, KU over Tech, Baylor over Okie St, and Iowa St over Texas. There was no change in what the REAL Standings should have been last time.
KU, Baylor, West Virginia
Iowa St, K-State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech,
- Baylor (3-0):
- Projected L’s (at WVU, at KU)
- At risk games (at K-State, at TCU, at OSU, at Tech, at ISU, at UT)
- KU (3-0):
- Projected L’s (at WVU, at BU)
- At risk games (at OU, at ISU, at K-State, at Tech, at UT, at OSU)
- WVU (2-1):
- Projected L’s (at KU, at BU)
- At risk games (at UT, at K-State, at ISU, at OU, at TCU
- Texas Tech (1-2):
- 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)
- ISU (2-1):
- Projected L’s (at OSU, at TCU, at OU, at KU, at UT, at K-State, at Tech, at WVU)
- At risk games (vs. KU, vs. WVU, vs. BU)
- K-State (2-1):
- Projected L’s (at Tech, at OSU, at ISU, at BU, at WVU, at UT, at OU, at TCU)
- At risk games (vs. BU, WVU, KU)
- UT (1-2):
- Projected L’s (at ISU, at BU, at KU, at TCU, at OSU, at OU, at WVU, at Tech)
- At risk games (vs. WVU, vs. KU, vs. BU)
- OU (0-3):
- Projected L’s (at WVU, at UT, at Tech, at ISU, at OSU, at BU, at KU)
- At risk games (vs. KU, vs. WVU)
- Projected L’s (at UT, at Tech, at OSU, at K-State, at BU, at ISU, at KU, at OU)
- At risk games: (vs, BU, vs. WVU)
- Okie State (0-3):
- 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
6:00 Baylor at West Virginia (ESPN2)*****(Projected W: WVU): We now know the answer to two questions*:
- What is the worst team ever ranked No. 1 this late in the college basketball season?
- Who is the worst coach whose team has been ranked No. 1 this late on the college basketball season?
More importantly, this is Baylor’s chance to take an early stranglehold on the league race. It is Scottsisname’s chance to quiet his doubters. Hey, if he pulls this off, I will stop mocking him until he screws up bigly again. In other words, temporarily.
*Assuming Baylor is ranked No. 1 by the AP or USA Today.
8:00p.m.: KU at Oklahoma (ESPN2)****(At-risk game): You play a Lon Kruger team on the Road, you are at risk. Even if Jordan Woodard misses his fifth straight game. The Sooners have had sufficient time to adjust to his absence. In their last two games, they have played TCU and K-State respectably on the Road.
8:15p.m. K-State at Texas Tech (ESPN News) ***1/2 (Projected W: TTU): K-State’s and Bruce Weber’s opportunity to make a statement. A W at Tech will do more for their image than their close loss (yes, it was a loss) at KU.
7:00p.m. TCU at Texas (LFHN) *** (Projected W: UT): The Horned Frogs made a run at West Virginia Saturday. Like K-State, they could upgrade their image with a Road W here. Texas’s improvement is noticeable from one game to the next.
8:00p.m. Iowa St at Okie St (ESPNU) *** (Projected W: Okie St): Okie St cannot stay on the schneid forever.
Or can they?