REAL STANDINGS: THE “I’M STILL STANDING” EDITION

There was one midweek game this week that made a difference in the REAL Standings: West Virginia’s victory over TCU. That outcome, in a Projected Loss game for WVU, moved the Mountaineers up a full game in the Standings. They now have a Projected Record of 3-15 as opposed to the more pathetic 2-16.

Conversely, TCU dropped from 7-11 to 6-12.

All other games went as Projected, resulting in no REAL change for the other 8 teams. Hardly worth mentioning those games at all.

Well, maybe Texas Tech’s victory over Oklahoma State merits a word or two in passing. The Red Raiders had visions of their entire season going down the drain in the final moments of regulation and overtime. Which seemed to shock many pundits, who had anointed Tech as a Final Four contender based on their dismantling of KU four days earlier.

However, it was not surprising at all to those who pay attention to college basketball and who have done so since before last week. Tech reacted exactly like a team that rarely plays in big games does after playing as if they were on a crusade vs. KU for 40 solid minutes before a crowd on a feeding frenzy, and suddenly becoming the darlings of the media for three days before playing a 9th place team sporting a 3-11 conference record. No one can consistently play with the focus and intensity Tech had against KU, no matter how much they do their intensity drills at the end of practice. Not even Palmer High. The Red Raiders should thank the basketball gods that they were scheduled to play Okie St at Home as their follow up game. They might not have beaten anyone else anywhere.

CURRENT TIERS

TIER 1

K-STATE

Lost to KU on the Road as Projected 49-64

Remained on track for 14-4.

The conference championship remains K-State’s to lose. They do, however, have 3 games remaining in which to achieve that result.

TEXAS TECH

Defeated Okie State as Projected at Home 84-80 (OT)

Remained on track for 13.5-4.5

The REAL Standings Report eschews putting too much emphasis on a team’s performance in a single game. Still, going into OT vs. Okie State at Home is not an encouraging sign for a team with Road trips remaining to Fort Worth and Ames.

KU

Defeated K-State as Projected at Home 64-49

Remained on track for 13.5-4.5

Did you REALly think Bill Self was going to go down that easy? That he would be out of the race wit3 games to go in the season?

TIER 2

IOWA STATE

Defeated OU as Projected at Home 78-61

Your assignment, Cyclones, if you choose to accept it, is to go 16-26 from 3 point land in your season finale vs. Tech in Ames.

TEXAS

Lost to Baylor as Projected on the Road 83-84 (OT)

UT was playing without both Snoop Roach and Dylan Osetkowski. Still, they took a 19 point lead in the second half before somehow finding themselves in overtime. Even then, they had possession of the ball and a 1-point lead with 7.5 seconds remaining when Jaxson Hayes suddenly decided to show off his break-dancing moves while holding the ball. Following the ensuing traveling call, Baylor converted a questionable foul into two points at the free throw line.

The Longhorns have either never heard the expression “Coffee is for closers” or prefer hot tea.

BAYLOR

Defeated Texas as Projected at Home 84-83 (OT)

Miracle No. 1. Two more and a Texas Tech Loss and guess who claims a Big 12 title. His name rhymes with Not You.

TIER 3

TCU

Lost to West Virginia, not as Projected, on the Road 96-104 (3 OT)

Your assignment, Froggies, if you choose to accept it, is to protect your Home Court vs. Texas Tech and K-State

OKLAHOMA

Lost to ISU, as Projected, on the Road 61-78

Lonnie still gets a chance to determine his alma mater’s fate with a home game vs. KU and the season finale in Manhattan.

TIER 4

OKIE ST

Lost to Tech, as Projected; on the Road 80-84 (OT)

Lindy Waters showed Tech what REAL 3-point shooting is like. Four in the final minute of regulation? Two more in OT? All contested?

All that was missing was a shrug. And a W.

TIER 5

WEST VIRGINIA

Defeated TCU at Home 104-96 (3 OT)

Talk about a frenzied crowd. Years from now, dozens of people will have claimed to have been there to see it. If they remember it at all.

CURRENT REAL STANDINGS

1. 14-4

K-State (11-4): Projected L’s: N.A.

Up for Grabs: N.A.

Other games: vs. Baylor, at TCU, vs. OU

2. 13.5-4.5

Texas Tech (11-4): Projected L’s: N.A.

Up for Grabs: (at Iowa St)

Other games: at TCU, vs. UT

3. 13-5

KU (10-5): Projected L’s: N.A.

Up for Grabs: N.A.

Other games: at OSU, at OU, vs. BU

4. 11-7

BU (9-5): Projected L’s (at KSU, at KU)

Up for Grabs: N.A.

Other games: vs. UT, vs. OSU

5. 10.5-7.5

ISU (9-6): Projected L’s: (at UT)

Up for Grabs: (Tech)

6. 9-9

UT (7-7): Projected L’s (at BU, at TT)

Up for Grabs N.A.

7. 6-12

TCU (6-9): Projected L’s: (vs. Tech, vs. KSU, at UT)

Up for Grabs: N.A.

OU (5-10): Projected L’s: (KU, at KSU)

Up for Grabs: N.A.

9. 4-14

Okie St (3-12): Projected L’s (KU, at BU)

Up for Grabs: N.A.

10. 3-15

West Virginia (3-12): Projected L’s (at OU, ISU, at OSU)

Up for Grabs N.A.

AS SEEN ON TV (All times CST)

Saturday

1, 11:00a.m. KU at Okie St (CBS) **** (Projected W: KU)

The Cowboys should have KU’s full attention after playing Texas Tech 25 points closer in Lubbock than the Jayhawks managed to do. That and KU’s 2-5 Road record in conference play.

2. 1:00p.m. Iowa St at Texas (ESPN2) ***** (Projected W: UT)

Both teams fighting hard for seeding in both the Big 12’s meaningless post-season tourney and March Madness.

3. 1:00p.m. West Virginia at OU (ESPNU) * (Projected W: OU)

Huggy has his team competing game in and game out. They are now up to a 3-15 Projected record. Can they pick up their first Road W of the Big 12 season?

4. 3:00p.m. Texas Tech at TCU (ESPN2) ***** (Projected W: Tech)

Tech on the Road with the kind of pressure and scrutiny the program has never before been subjected to. This will be as much a psychological test as a basketball one.

5. 7:00p.m. Baylor at K-State (ESPN 2) ***** (Projected W: K-State)

Similar to Tech’s situation except (a) K-State is st Home, (b) they have had a co-championship in modern times, and (c) their coach has been to the Final Four. Still, they can’t let this opportunity slip away or there will be hell to pay. That is just the way fans and sports pundits are.

--Mark

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