Big 12 Hoops | Power Rankings (Week #11)

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The power rankings for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball teams each and every week. Kansas proves it’s the #1 team in the Big 12… and Tech gets 2 conference wins in a row!

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#1 Kansas (13-4) The Jayhawks keep winning Big 12 games. Last week they took down Iowa State on the road 77-70 with Andrew Wiggins hitting 17 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Then they beat Oklahoma State at home 80-78, but held onto a comfortable lead most of the game until the end. Wiggins was shutdown against OSU, but Joel Embiid showed up with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots. KU takes on Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse tonight, and TCU in Fort Worth on Saturday.
#2 Oklahoma State (15-3) The Cowboys are the 2nd best team in the Big 12 even with 2 losses in the conference. They stumbled a few times this season, but gave an excellent comeback effort that fell a few points short on the road to KU 80-78. Marcus Smart almost had a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists, and 4 steals. Earlier in the week they creamed TCU 82-50 in Stillwater. Smart lead the way in the rout with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. They get some rest this week and don’t play until Saturday against West Virginia at home.
#3 Kansas State (14-4) The Wildcats are a pleasant surprise and have had some great games at home. They took down Oklahoma 72-66 and whipped West Virginia 78-56 this week. Marcus Foster had 18 points in the OU game, and 15 points against WVU. They go on the road against Texas and Iowa State this week to see if they are as good on the road as in Manhattan.
#4 Iowa State (14-3) The Cyclones are on a losing streak, but they can climb out of it. They lost to KU at home 77-70 and to UT in Austin 86-76. They were riding high after a 14-0 start to the season but now are going to have a steep road to get back to the top. DeAndre Kane is still one of the best players in the nation who had 21 points against KU and 15 against UT. The way to start back to the top is to get a victory over K-State on Saturday.
#5 Oklahoma (14-4) The Sooners went on the road for games last week. They were unlucky to K-State and lost 72-66, but pulled off a stunning upset in Waco to Baylor 66-64. Ryan Spangler had a double-double against K-State with 21 points and 14. The upset against Baylor took a team effort with 3 players getting 10+ points. They have TCU at home on Wednesday, and go to Lubbock on Saturday to play Texas Tech.
#6 Texas (14-4) The Longhorns are pulling together a nice win streak of their own. They went to West Virginia and dominated to win 80-69, and then they showed up big against Iowa State at home and shocked everyone by winning 86-76. This week K-State in Austin will be tough on Tuesday, and they go to Waco on Saturday to play a struggling Baylor team.
#7 Baylor (13-4) The Bears are getting kicked while on the ground right now. I couldn’t put them any lower in the power rankings based on their sheer talent they have on the roster. But, they need to have a huge turnaround quickly before they are thought of as one of the regulars in the lower half of the Big 12. This week Texas Tech had to play some spectacular basketball to shock Baylor 82-72. OU went into Waco and embarrassed them winning 66-64. The Bears need to get it back on the right path this week against Kansas and UT.
#8 Texas Tech (10-8) The Red Raiders made us proud this last week. They are riding a 2 game win streak in the conference, and did it with an awesome upset in Lubbock over Baylor. The game against Baylor was a beautiful thing to watch for Tech basketball fans that haven’t seen the squad play with that kind of chemistry and rhythm for years. All the starters played well and leaned on one another to get the win 82-72. The game on Saturday against TCU was nothing like the Wednesday win. Both teams played sloppy, but it is ultimately encouraging that Tech showed they can get a win when they don’t play at their best. Especially if the win can be by 11 points at the opponents home; 60-49. It should be another entertaining week of basketball when Tech travels to West Virginia on Wednesday, and having OU come to Lubbock on Saturday.
#9 West Virginia (10-8) The Mountaineers have had a rough time over the last week. UT beat them soundly 80-69, and K-State whipped them 78-56. Juwan Staten continues to play well, getting 23 points against UT and 16 against KSU. It will be tough again this week against Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
#10 TCU (9-8) The Horned Frogs have been turned into the for sure cellar dweller of the Big 12 at this point in the season. They lost to OSU 82-50, and Tech 60-49. This week they have Oklahoma and Kansas.
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