Big 12 Hoops | Power Rankings - Is Baylor back?

Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The power rankings for the Big 12 Conference men’s basketball teams each and every week. Baylor beats TCU and K-State; while Oklahoma State keeps losing.

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#1 Kansas (19-6)

Kansas demolished TCU 95-65 with 32 points coming from Perry Ellis. Joel Embiid did not play due to injuries, but Bill Self said he should be available for the Texas Tech game on Tuesday. A huge game in Lawrence will be played on Saturday when the Jayhawks take on Texas.

#2 Texas (20-5)

The Longhorns had their victory against West Virginia look easy while beating them 88-71. Take a note that Texas has only one Big 12 loss in Austin this year. But, this week they have a rough road schedule with Iowa State and Kansas.

#3 Iowa State (19-5)

A win at home against Texas Tech 70-64 was a battle that the Cyclones needed to win after the loss to WVU. The game against Texas on Tuesday in Ames is a chance to prove they are the second best team in the conference behind Kansas. No letdown on the road to TCU should be easy on Saturday.

#4 West Virginia (15-11)

After the loss to UT in Austin on Saturday it might slow down WVU for the moment on their hot streak. The Mountaineers can still stay focused on being in the top half of the conference if they take care of business against Baylor on Saturday.

#5 Oklahoma (19-7)

A win in Stillwater was much needed for Oklahoma, and it was accomplished by beating Oklahoma State 77-74. The Sooners have only won 2 of their last 5 games, but they are still a dangerous team. K-State in Norman on Saturday is a must win to keep the pace with the top teams in the Big 12.

#6 Kansas State (17-8)

Losing to Baylor in Waco 87-73 in double OT shows a weakness. K-State might deadly at home in Manhattan where they are undefeated. But, on the road they need to get wins to be considered a real threat in the conference. With 6 games in the regular season remaining 3 are away from Manhattan.

#7 Texas Tech (13-12)

The Red Raiders are doing a good job of hanging with top Big 12 teams on the road. The win at Oklahoma was excellent. The comeback in the 2nd half against Iowa State was unexpected by most people, but Texas Tech fans know this team is never out of any game they are playing. Iowa State prevailed by closing the game and winning 70-64. Disappointing, but still a fun team to watch no matter who they play.

A colossal test to see how far Texas Tech has come from last year to the team we are watching currently will be on Tuesday. Kansas is the best team in our conference. The game in Lubbock should be a great indicator of where the team really ranks in the Big 12. Tech will surprise a majority of Big 12 fans when the game ends.

Then all eyes will be on the Texas Tech versus Oklahoma State on Saturday when Marcus Smart returns from suspension. Stillwater will probably be one of the most hostile environments for the Red Raiders to play all season. Get ready for a wild show. Wreck ‘em Tech!

#8 Baylor (16-9)

Two Big 12 wins in a row for the first time all season happened last week for the Bears. TCU and K-State went down. Is it going to be the late turnaround that they need to get back into being competitive in the conference? We will know the answer tonight after the OSU game. Then on Saturday against West Virginia could be the biggest game to bounce Baylor back.

#9 Oklahoma State (16-9)

The loss at home to OU makes their losing skid keep sliding along to 6 in a row. No Marcus Smart against Baylor tonight might be enough to keep it going. Smart returns on Saturday against Texas Tech. These two games this week are must wins for OSU to stop the wheels from completely falling off.

#10 TCU (9-15)

The Horned Frogs are 0-12 in the Big 12. They have games against K-State and Iowa State this week.

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