Big 12 Hoops | Power Rankings (Week #12)

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The power rankings for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball teams each and every week. Kansas keeps winning to stay undefeated in conference play.

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#1 Kansas (15-4)

The Jayhawks can’t be stopped right now. They took down Baylor 78-68 with 17 points and 7 rebounds from Andrew Wiggins. Senior forward Tarik Black injured his ankle in the game and did not play in the next one against TCU on Saturday. KU didn’t seem to break a sweat as they demolished TCU 91-69. Wiggins had 27 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Next up this week is Iowa State and Texas.

#2 Oklahoma State (16-3)

Only one game last week for the Cowboys and it was tighter than expected against West Virginia. Marcus Smart wasn’t hitting anything and finished with just 4 points. Le’Bryan Nash went off for 29 points, and Markel Brown had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. OSU plays in Norman tonight against Oklahoma, and at home against Baylor on Saturday.

#3 Iowa State (15-3)

Bubu Palo was in uniform and on the bench for ISU for the first time in a long time, if you don’t know about what the big deal about that is then you better ask somebody. The Cyclones won on Saturday against Kansas State 81-75 after a 3 game losing streak. DeAndre Kane had an off-shooting game and ended with 10 points (3-12 FGs). A power ranking of #3 might seem high for them, but ISU can prove how good they really are this week at Kansas and against Oklahoma.

#4 Oklahoma (16-4)

Oklahoma is on a roll. The Sooners fought off TCU 77-69 with Ryan Spangler having a double-double of 13 points and 16 rebounds. Another battle was against Texas Tech on Saturday which they won 74-65. It’s now time for some tough competition as they have to play OSU tonight and ISU on Saturday.

#5 Texas (16-4)

The Longhorns are hot right now. Five wins in a row is a hard thing to do in the Big 12. They knocked off KSU 67-64 with a downtown buzzer beater from Jonathan Holmes. UT took advantage of a struggling Baylor by winning 74-60 with 27 points from Isaiah Taylor. The ultimate test is coming on Saturday when Kansas goes to Austin. UT has all week to prepare for KU.

#6 Kansas State (14-6)

Not a good week for the Wildcats as they had 2 tough losses. They lost a heartbreaker to UT 67-64 on a last second shot despite 24 points from Thomas Gipson. Against ISU they dropped the game 81-75 with 20 points coming from Marcus Foster. K-State will be looking to turn things around this week when they play Texas Tech and West Virginia.

#7 West Virginia (11-9)

Only 1 win in the last 5 games, but it came at the expense of Texas Tech. WVU won 87-81 against TTU while Terry Henderson couldn’t be stopped scoring his 28 points (10-13 FGs). The game against OSU was a tough battle, but the Mountaineers couldn’t pull ahead in the end and lost 81-75. Eron Harris hit 6 outside shots and had 21 points. WVU has to play Baylor and K-State this week.

#8 Texas Tech (10-10)

The games were entertaining to watch last week with the Red Raiders playing some competitive Big 12 ball. It stings that WVU got the best of us winning 87-81 despite Dusty Hannahs career night of 25 points with being a perfect 7-7 from downtown.

In the OU game that was lost 74-65 Tech couldn’t get over the hump and take the lead against the mighty Sooners. Every time Tech would make a run OU would have an answer by hitting a big shot to silence the crowd and hold onto the lead. Also, Tech was having a lot of trouble with the full and half court defense that OU was applying. No easy set shots for Tech meant some bad shots were jacked-up making us lose the control of the tempo. Tech had a frontcourt advantage in the game finishing with more points in the paint and rebounds than OU, but we should have exploited it more than we did.

Next up for Tech is K-State tomorrow in Manhattan, and TCU in Lubbock on Saturday.

#9 Baylor (13-6)

The losing streak continues for the Bears, and it’s a shock that they only have 1 win in the Big 12 so far (to TCU). Baylor is a better team than #9 in the conference, but they are not showing it and deserve to be at the bottom in the power rankings right now. Losses last week were to Kansas 78-68 and Texas 74-60. This week they play WVU and OSU.

#10 TCU (9-10)

More bad news for TCU as freshman center Karviar Shepherd was injured in the Kansas game and has been ruled out indefinitely needing surgery in his non-shooting hand. Still no wins in the Big 12 with losses to OU 77-69 and KU 91-69 last week. Only game this week is at Texas Tech on Saturday.

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