REAL STANDINGS: THE ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST EDITION

REAL STANDINGS: THE ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST EDITION

It was an abbreviated midweek session of Big 12 basketball games courtesy of ESPN. The World Wide Leader of all things Duke (and many things Carolina for the sake of the hype) made sure there were no Big 12 games to divert viewers from its game between its two kept teams, to the extent you want to call it a game after Zion Williamson blew out his Nike shoe. After that, it was like the UNC Globetrotters vs. the Durham Generals. You could have put the two teams in Baylor and Iowa State uniforms and not have noticed the difference.

Speaking of Baylor and Iowa State, they played the only meaningful game in the Big 12 this week, and that only because Iowa St lost (again) at Home, all but killing its hopes of its first league championship in 18 years. The “all but” being the result of the Cyclones being the most unpredictable contender this league has seen in many years, having Lost 3 Projected Wins at Home (to Baylor, Texas Tech, and K-State) and Winning 2 Projected Loss games on the Road (at K-State and Tech). Must be something mighty peculiar in the water in Ames.

CURRENT TIERS

TIER 1

K-STATE

Defeated West Virginia as Projected on the Road 66-51

TEXAS TECH

DNP

KU

DNP

IOWA STATE

Lost to Baylor at Home 69-73

TEXAS

DNP

TIER 2

BAYLOR

Defeated Iowa St on the Road 73-69

TCU

Lost to OSU on the Road 61-68

OKLAHOMA

DNP

TIER 3

OKIE ST

Defeated TCU at Home 68-61

TIER 4

WEST VIRGINIA

Lost to KSU at Home 51-65

CURRENT REAL STANDINGS

1. 13.5-4.5

K-State (10-3): Projected L’s: (at KU)

Up for Grabs: (at TCU)

2. 12.5-5.5

KU (9-4): Projected L’s: (TT)

Up for Grabs: (at OU)

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

Up for Grabs: (at TCU)

4. 11.5-6,5

ISU (8-5): Projected L’s: (at UT)

Up for Grabs: (at TCU)

5. 10.5-7.5

BU (8-5): Projected L’s (at KSU, at KU)

Up for Grabs: (UT)

6. 10-8

UT (7-6): Projected L’s (at TT)

Up for Grabs (at OU, at BU)

7. 8-10

TCU (5-8): Projected L’s: (at UT)

Up for Grabs: (at OSU, ISU, Tech, KSU)

8. 6-12

OU (4-9): Projected L’s: (at ISU, at KSU)

Up for Grabs: (UT, KU)

9. 4-14

Okie St (3-10): Projected L’s (at KSU, at TT, KU, at BU)

Up for Grabs: N.A.

10. 2-16

West Virginia (2-11): Projected L’s (at BU, TCU, at OU, ISU, at OSU)

Up for Grabs N.A.

AS SEEN ON TV (All times CST)

Saturday

1, 11:00a.m. UT at OU (ESPNU) ** (Up for Grabs)

Is this game REALly Up for Grabs with Snoop Roach suspended by the Longhorns? IS UT even arguably a Tier 1 team without its only senior starter and its leading scorer?

Other teams in the conference have adapted to the loss of key players, so let’s see what happens before drawing any conclusions. Who knows who else might step up now that they must?

2. 1:00p.m. West Virginia at Baylor (ESPNU) * (Projected W: Baylor)

Baylor won’t even need Makoi for this one.

3. 1:00p.m.Iowa St at TCU (ESPN2) *** (Up for Grabs)

If you know nothing else, know this: The Cyclones cannot afford another loss to anyone anywhere. As for TCU, they have to start playing decently again at some point. Don’t they?

4. 5:00p.m. Okie St at K-State (ESPN 2) *** (Projected W: K-State)

K-State might be looking ahead to its third game of the year Monday night in Lawrence. Doesn’t matter. They will win this game.

5. 7:00p.m. KU at Texas Tech (ESPN) ***** (Projected W: Tech)

A loss here will not cause KU to lose ground in the REAL Standings. However, if K-State wins (as they will) the Jayhawks will lose control of their own destiny and put them at the mercy of TCU and Baylor.

--Mark

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