- Baylor (12-0): Last week’s ranking, 1. It’s debatable as to whether Kansas is a better team than Baylor, but records are records, and right now Baylor hasn’t lost yet. They take down Texas Southern 89-63.
- Kansas (11-1): Last week’s ranking, 2. Kansas is clearly the best out of all the one loss teams, so they will sit at number two, for at least one more week. A lot changes when you get to conference play, but for now. they handled UNLV with ease, 71-53.
- West Virginia (11-1): Last week’s ranking, 5. West Virginia jumped up two spots just due to their national ranking. They are getting a bunch of national attention, so they must be a pretty good team. They pummeled Northern Kentucky by the score of 92-61. They just keep taking care of business.
- Texas Tech (11-1): Last week’s ranking, 4. There isn’t a whole lot of separation between these next three teams. Their records are good, but non-conference can be VERY deceiving. Once conference play starts we will know a lot more about 4-6. No-one knows how good these teams really are, or where they will end up, but only time will tell. As for Tech, they dominated Longwood by the score of 91-60.
- Kansas State (11-1): Last week’s ranking, 3. Right now, all you have to do is keep a good record before conference play starts, and that’s what Kansas State has been doing. They looked a little shaky against Gardner-Webb, but they were still able to close out the game. They won 67-54.
- TCU (11-1): Last week’s ranking, 6. I don’t expect much out of TCU once conference play starts, but you can’t deny that they have been taking care of business. They beat Bradley 74-42, but they remain at the bottom of the one loss teams.
- Oklahoma State (10-2): Last week’s ranking, 7. Oklahoma State is looking pretty good going into conference play. They got the victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 92-70. For most of the conference the story is to just beat who you are supposed to beat, and for the most part, that’s what Oklahoma State has been doing.
- Iowa State (8-3): Last week’s ranking, 8. I expect good things for Iowa State. They sit at 8-3 after beating Mississippi Valley State 88-60, still in good position to make a run in conference play, but those three losses are hurting them a bit right now.
- Oklahoma (6-5): Last week’s ranking, 9. Oklahoma got tripped up by a decent Auburn squad, 74-70. They need to find a way to get it together without their former seniors, or they are going to be in for a long season.
- Texas (6-5): Last week’s ranking, 10. Until the Longhorns can prove that they can beat teams on a consistent basis they are going to be sitting at number 10. They did a fine job handling UAB by the score of 96-60, but for a Texas team that struggled to break 500 in non-conference play, that’s not a good sign.
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