It feels good to be right. In the most recent version of the REAL Standings, I wrote, about the K-State/Mizzou game:
"Mizzou tunes up for the biggest game in its program’s history. K-State might, however, throw a monkey wrench into Mizzou’s distributor cap if the refs call (or refrain from calling) ‘em both ways."
It did appear that the officials had read the foul breakdown by Mizzou’s new beat writer, or taken a look at Steve Moore’s patented photo-shopped flops (REALly, there is a patent pending, subject to a heavily disputed contest by Shane Battier), and took that information to heart. The looks of bewilderment on the Tigers’ faces (especially Moore’s) when they got called for things they have gotten away with all year (presumably because the refs felt sorry for such little folks) was an ironic sight to behold.
Not to mention that I had the following tweeting exchange with Tom Penders:
Penders: Right now my #1 seeds in CBK are KY, Syracuse, MSU and Mizzou. That’s my eye test w/o computer help.
RS (If you think this means Rolling Stone, that’s ok): If Mizzou meets your eye test after 3 fluke conference wins (UT, KU, OU), your eyes need a test.
Penders: Look, I’m no Mizzou fan, but they have been on an amazing run. They always play hard and feed the hot guy, too.
RS: MU’s good. Just not Top 4 good. I agree with Billy Kennedy: they make shots, hit FT’s and get calls.
Against K-State, they did not excel in any of these areas. Most importantly, though, they did not get a favorable distribution of questionable calls.
The effect of this game on the REAL Standings? Not much unless KU takes care of business in College Station Wednesday night. If they do, they will be playing Saturday for a coronation.
In short, Mizzou dropped a full game in the REAL Standings with its first Home loss of the season. There is now but one team unbeaten at Home in Big 12 play. It is not a coincidence that the same team now leads the pack by two RS games.
In other play, Baylor picked up ½ game with its win in Austin over Tier Two Texas.
A question was raised after Baylor’s loss to K-State on Saturday concerning why the Bears were still afforded the status of being a Tier One team. Well, they’re not, looking at their season as a whole. They are, looking at their sheer talent and final 20 minutes of fairly solid basketball against UT.
The bottom line? They are below clearly KU and Mizzou (as in 0-4), and above UT, K-State, and Iowa St (4-1). Let’s call them Tier 1A. Because they are finished with KU and Mizzou, they will be treated as a Tier 1 team for Projection purposes, but not accorded full Tier One respect.
Tier 1: KU, Mizzou
Tier 1A: Baylor
Tier 2: Iowa St, K-State, Texas
Tier 3: Oklahoma, Okie St, Texas A&M
Tier 4: Texas Tech
REAL BIG 12 STANDINGS
KU (12-2) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: N/A
Mizzou (12-3) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: N/A
Baylor (10-5) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: at ISU
Iowa St (9-5) Projected L’s: at K-State, at Mizzou At Risk games: vs. Baylor
K-State (8-7) Projected L’s: N/A At Risk games: at A&M
Texas (7-8) Projected L’s: at KU At Risk games: N/A
Okie St (6-8) Projected L’s: at OU, vs. KU, at K-State At Risk games: N/A
Oklahoma (3-11) Projected L’s: at Baylor, at Texas At Risk games: N/A
Texas A&M (4-10) Projected L’s: vs. KU, at Okie St, at OU At Risk games: vs. K-State
Texas Tech (1-13) Projected L’s: at ISU, vs. Texas, at Baylor, vs. Mizzou
At Risk games: N/A
ON THE TUBE
Okie St at Oklahoma** (7:00p.m.—Big 12 Network) (Projected W: OU)
If a basketball game is played and no one is there to watch it, can it be called “bedlam”?
KU at A&M***1/2 (8:00p.m.—ESPN2) (Projected W: KU)
The Jayhawks tune up for the annual challenge to their Big 12 dominance. They better not get caught looking ahead, because the Aggies hang around at Home against just about everyone—and what if they get a more favorable whistle than they did Saturday, now that Mizzou has joined the ranks of JATFOP (i.e., just another team for officiating purposes)?
Texas Tech at Iowa St * (8:00p.m.—ESPNU) (Projected W: ISU)
If Iowa St were to loan Tech Royce White for this game, this would be a pick ‘em.