REAL STANDINGS: THE IF YOU WERE IN KINDERGARTEN THE LAST TIME KU WAS NOT THE BIG 12 CHAMPION, YOU ARE NOW A SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE EDITION

            There is a National Champion every year.

            But there is only one program that has won its conference championship 14 straight times. 

            Was it Keats who said, “That is all ye know in sports and all ye need to know”? As the basketball coach at North Carolina State, he should know.

                                                                                CURRENT TIERS

Tier 1:

·         KU- (Road W at Tech)—“Be your best when your best is needed.”—Bill Walton (talking about Deandre Ayton vs. Oregon, but it might as well have been Devonte Graham and the Jayhawks. Especially since Arizona lost despite Ayton going 28 and 18.)

·         West Virginia (Home W vs ISU)—Iowa St at Home will cure what ails you.

·         Texas Tech (Home L vs KU)—The moment was not too big for the Red Raiders. They played like champions with their best player playing through pain. At the end of the day, however, they fell short at Home for the first time in 18 games. In REALity, they needed more Road W’s. They were done in by losses against the conference’s Weakest Links in Ames, Austin, Norman, Stillwater, and Waco. (As opposed to KU’s 2 Road losses in Norman and Waco.)

Tier 2

·         K-State (Road L at OU)—K-State’s first split of the season: Winless vs. the Big 3; Lossless vs. everyone else not named OU.

·         TCU (Home W vs Baylor)—The Froggies finding their game late in the season—again. 

·         Baylor (Road L at TCU)—The Bears edge ever closer to that elusive NIT bid.

·         Oklahoma (Home W vs. K-State)—Is this an “OU can’t suck forever” moment (Texas disagrees) or did the lightbulb finally come on for a young team? We will know more if they can beat someone—anyone—on the Road. Their last chance is Baylor Tuesday night.

·       Texas (Home W vs Okie State)— No Jones, No Davis, No Bomba in the second half. UT still found a way to win at the buzzer and keep their NCAA dreams alive. 

·         Okie St (Road L at UT)—After coming from behind late to defeat Texas 65-64 in Stillwater, the Cowboys came from ahead late to lose to Texas 64-65 at the buzzer in Austin.

·        Iowa State (Road L at WVU)—The Cyclones are the only Big 12 team under .500 for the season at 13-15. Take away the Big 12 Road games, and they’re okay (13-7).

                                                                CURRENT PROJECTIONS

1.         13.5-4.5

              KU (12-4):              Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at OSU)

2.         11.5-6.5

            WVU (10-6):          Projected L’s: N.A.

                                At risk games (at UT)

3.         11-7

            Texas Tech (10-6):     Projected L’s: (at WVU)

                                At risk games: N.A. 

4.        10-8

 K-State (9-7): Projected L’s (at TCU)

At risk games: N.A.

5.         9-9

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

                                At risk games: N.A

6.         8-10

Baylor (7-9): Projected L’s (at K-State)

                                At risk games: N.A.

OU (7-9):     Projected L’s: (at BU)

                                At risk games: N.A. 

8.            7.5-10.5

             UT (7-9): Projected L’s (at KU)

                At risk games (vs. WVU)

9.           6.5-11.5

Okie St (6-10):  Projected L’s (at ISU,)

                At risk games (vs. KU)

 10.       5-13

            ISU (4-12): Projected L’s (at OU)

                At risk games: N.A,

                                                                AS SEEN ON TV

MONDAY:

8:00a.m.: UT at KU (ESPN)**** (Projected W: KU)

Mardi Gras should be such a big celebration as what Allen Fieldhouse will see Monday night for the 14-time conference champions on Senior Night for Devonte, Svi, and Clay.

8:00p.m.: Texas Tech at West Virginia ()**** (Projected W: WVU)

There will be scoreboard watching: The Winner remains in the hunt for a portion of the Big 12 title if Texas takes out KU in Allen Fieldhouse. Don’t laugh. It could happen. Shaka made his name beating Bill Self at VCU. On the other hand, he has made his nickname (Scott Drew South) losing to Self at Texas.

TUESDAY

6:00p.m.: Oklahoma St at Iowa St (ESPN)** (Projected W: ISU)

Let’s see if Okie St is looking ahead to Saturday and the opportunity to become the first Big 12 team to sweep Bill Self in conference play. 

8:00p.m. OU at Baylor (ESPN2) *** (Projected W: BU)

After beating Tech when the Red Raiders had the inside track to the Big 12 title, the Bears are slinking  back into hibernation.

8:00p.m.: K-State at TCU (ESPNU)***1/2 (Projected W: TCU)

A fight to the finish for fourth.

--Mark

 

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