REAL STANDINGS: THE STAYIN’ ALIVE EDITION 

 Rarely has a Win over the worst team in the conference been as valued as KU's victory in Ames Tuesday night. Iowa State, as we all know, is a formidable foe on its Home court, having taken down Texas Tech, West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Baylor there. Not to mention that the Cyclones have recently been a thorn in KU's side, having won 5 of the previous 9 prior to Tuesday. Or that a Loss here and KU was all but dead in the water in the conference race. 

         By picking up a half game in the REAL Standings by virtue of its at-risk W, KU closed the gap between it and Tech in half.  

         As someone once said, "It ain't over until the fat lady sings." With Tech's at-risk game at Baylor Saturday, we could either have a flat-footed tie between KU and Tech Sunday morning, or the return of Tech's one full game lead. 

          Provided KU wins. If they don't the Jayhawks will be staring up at two teams and grasping at any straw they can find.  

     

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS 

Tier 1: 

  • Texas Tech (Home W vs. OU)—Playing like they are the team to beat. 

  • KU (Road W at ISU)—If the Jayhawks win No. 14, you can look back on this game as the turning point. 

  • West Virginia (Home W vs. TCU)—WVU keeps it a three-team race. 

Tier 2 

  • Oklahoma (Road L at Tech)—Can’t justify keeping OU in Tier 1 after losing 7 of their last 9 and their last seven Road games. They play everyone tough, but you have to win away from Home game occasionally. 

  • K-State (Road W at Okie S)—K-State continues to beat teams not named Texas Tech, KU, and West Virginia. They are now 7-0 vs. the other six teams. 

  • TCU (Road L vs. WVU)—They are who you think they are. They don’t REALly stray from the script. They are supposed to lose in Morgantown: they lose in Morgantown. 

       Texas (Home L vs. BU)—Can the Show-Me State Bomba REALly miss out on the NCAA tournament? 

  • Okie St (Road W vs. K-State)—Sure, they can beat KU in Lawrence. They can take down West Virginia in Morgantown. But can theyprotect their Home Court in front of hundreds of fans against Baylor or K-State? That's a Big No.  

        Baylor (Road W at UT)—Baylor now has four straight wins. Following four straight losses. Consistency is not its forte. 

        Iowa State (Home L vs. KU)—There has to be some consolation in being the best last place team in all the land. 

   

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         13-5  

Texas Tech (10-3):     Projected L’s: (at WVU) 

                                At risk games: (at BU, at OSU)  

2.       12.5-5.5 

              KU (9-4):              Projected L’s (at Tech) 

                                At risk games (at OSU) 

3.        11-7 

WVU (8-5):          Projected L’s (at KU) 

                                At risk games (at BU, at UT) 

4.        10-8 

 K-State (7-6): Projected L’s (at OU, at TCU) 

At risk games: N.A.

5.          9-9 

OU (6-7):              Projected L’s: (at KU, at BU) 

                                At risk games: N.A. 

6.      8-10 

TCU (5-8):            Projected L’s: (at ISU, at Tech) 

                                At risk games: N.A 

 

Baylor (6-7): Projected L’s (at TCU, at K-State) 

                                At risk games (vs. Tech, vs. WVU) 

 

8.            6.5-11.5 

             UT (5-8): Projected L’s (at OU, at K-State, at KU) 

                At risk games (vs. WVU) 

 

9.           6-12 

Okie St (5-8):  Projected L’s (at TCU, at UT at ISU,) 

                At risk games (vs. Tech, vs. KU) 

ISU (4-9): Projected L’s (at K-State, at WVU, at OU) 

                At risk games: N.A, 

 

                                                                        AS SEEN ON TV 

  

SATURDAY: 

  

11:00a.m.: Texas at Oklahoma (ESPN)*** (Projected W: OU) 

 

The Red River Rivalry. That's gotta count for something. Right? 

 

Noon: Iowa St at K-State (ESPNU) *** (Projected W: KSU) 

 

Farmageddon and all that implies. 

 

5:00p.m.: West Virginia at KU (ESPN)***** (Projected W: KU) 

 

KU won the game in Morgantown. It should be easier at Home, right? Edge KU. On the other hand, WVU will be looking for revenge. Edge WVU. Should be wild. 

 

6:30p.m. Texas Tech at Baylor (ESPNU) **** (at-risk game) 

 

 The Bears are on the proverbial roll. If Tech rolls out of Waco with a W, they will be tough to catch, both because of their record and their will.  

 

7:00p.m.: Oklahoma St at TCU (ESPN2/U)*** (Projected W: TCU) 

 

It's a game. It's on TV. No reason to not catch the last half hour of it. 

 

--Mark 

 

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