Big 12 Hoops | Power Rankings (Week #6)

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The power rankings for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball teams each and every week. Oklahoma State back on top!

TEAM COMMENT
#1 Oklahoma State (9-1) The Cowboys are again in the front seat of the Big 12 as they whipped up Louisiana Tech 70-55. Marcus Smart had a quietly productive game, but the star was Le’Bryan Nash with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist, and 1 block. This week they have a warm-up game against Delaware State (2-8) before they take on #21 Colorado (10-1) who knocked off Kansas on December 7th.
#2 Iowa State (8-0) Still undefeated; the Cyclones are trying to prove they are the #1 team in this league. If they had played in a Thanksgiving Holiday tournament they would have already had that opportunity. Instead they have to keep beating good teams like they did against #23 Iowa. A great game last Friday was won 85-82 as Georges Niang had 24 points, Melvin Ejim had 22 points, and Dustin Hogue had 16 rebounds. ISU takes on George Mason (5-4) on Sunday at home.
#3 Baylor (8-1) The Bears not playing last week actually hurt them in the rankings. That and Kentucky losing again. This week should be easy for them as they take on Northwestern State (4-5) and Southern (3-7) in Waco.
#4 Kansas (7-3) Another loss for the Jayhawks as #19 Florida handled business and won 67-61. Even in a losing effort Andrew Wiggins was the standout in the game with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 blocks. KU then went against a good New Mexico team on Saturday, and took out their anger with a 80-63 victory. Four Jayhawks had double figures scoring in that one, Wiggins added 11. Another dangerous game is on Saturday against Georgetown (6-2) at home.
#5 Oklahoma (9-1) The Sooners put away a bad Tulsa team 101-91. Four of the OU starters had 15+ points, but the stat of the game was with Jordan Woodard. He scored 24 points, making an astounding 17-22 from the free throw line. He also added 8 assists. Next up is UT-Arlington (4-6) before taking on A&M (8-2) Saturday for a Big 12/SEC showdown.
#6 Texas (9-1) The Longhorns punished Texas State 85-53 and Cameron Riley had a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. The test to see how tough UT is comes this week as they travel to #18 North Carolina (7-2) on Wednesday, then get to host #5 Michigan State (8-1) on Saturday. The Longhorns will soar in the rankings if they can survive either game.
#7 West Virginia (7-4) The Mountaineers put up a battle against #20 Gonzaga but fell short losing 80-76. Eron Harris dropped 5 treys to try and help the cause; ending up with 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. WVU turned around and beat in-state rival Marshall 74-64 on Saturday. Five players for WVU scored in double figures. Another potentially tough game will be against Purdue (8-3) on Sunday.
#8 Kansas State (7-3) The Wildcats edged out a win against South Dakota 64-62. Marcus Foster shot 6-20 and finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. Then KSU demolished Troy 72-43 with Foster getting 14 points in the game. It’s time for K-State to try and get a major upset on Saturday when they play #20 Gonzaga (10-1).
#9 Texas Tech (7-3) The Red Raiders never had to put it into overdrive to blow by Central Arkansas 79-57. The game started out with sloppy play from both sides, but Tech tightened up and cruised to a victory without struggling. Now, Tech has a chance to prove they can hang with the SEC big boys of LSU (6-2) on Wednesday in the USA. After that on Saturday they travel to Arizona State (9-2) for a showdown with superstar PG Jahii Carson and company. It is going to be rough on the squad this week, but that’s what the game is all about. It should be fun to watch the guys fight on the court for some upset wins. Wreck ‘em Tech!
#10 TCU (6-3) The Horned Frogs stay at the bottom of the rankings, but did walk away with a win against Texas-Pan American 57-48. Freshman center Karviar Shepherd had a double-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Expect the win streak to continue on Thursday against Grambling (0-4); and on Saturday against a Tulsa (3-7) team they have already beat this season.
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