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Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings

Who’s up, who’s down?

NCAA Basketball: Rice at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

As another week of college basketball goes by, let’s recap the scores around the Big 12 and take a look at the updated power rankings.

  1. Baylor: They were able to keep their undefeated season alive by knocking off a pretty solid Xavier team. They won in convincing fashion by the score of 76-61. They are joined by TCU as the only unbeaten teams remaining in the conference.
  2. TCU: Not only was TCU able to remain unbeaten, but they beat Arkansas State they way they should have. They handled them easily by the score of 77-54. TCU needs all the non-conference wins they can get, because things get much tougher when the new year comes around.
  3. Kansas: Everyone knows that Kansas will more than likely finish on top once again this year, but they are in 3rd simply because of their 7-1 record. They have a played a tough non-conference schedule thus far, and for the most part they have come out on top. I expect nothing more than for their stock to rise, but for now, they are here. They beat Stanford 89-74.
  4. Texas Tech: Tech dropped a close one to Auburn during the Cancun Challenge, but they have bounced back from that strong. Saturday they survived a hard fought game to a solid basketball squad from Rice, coming back in the last 30 seconds to pull off the victory. They faced their first signs of adversity and they found a way to win, knocking off the Rice Owls 85-84.
  5. West Virginia: Press Virginia is looking like they are on track to have another good year. They are coming off of an impressive 66-57 win over last year’s powerhouse Virginia
  6. Kansas State: Sitting at 7-1, the Wildcats are still running with the pack. The question is, can they keep up? Only time will tell. They blew out St. Louis by the score of 84-53, an impressive win, but a win they they were expected to get as well.
  7. Oklahoma State: Falling to Maryland in a nail-biter 70-71, Oklahoma State is sitting at 6-2. It was a tough loss when they need to be racking up as many wins as they can, but they are still in a favorable position to have a good season.
  8. Iowa State: 5-2 and coming off a close loss to Cincinnati 54-55. They lost their best player due to graduation, but I believe they will still be somewhat of a force in the Big 12.
  9. Oklahoma: Even after losing some of their key players from last year, Oklahoma is still set up to have a solid season. They lost a tough one to Wisconsin 70-90, but I have no doubt that they will bounce back and be a threat in the Big 12.
  10. Texas: After starting off the season slow, they were able to get back above 500 with a 77-68 win over Alabama. They have a lot of work to do to not let this season be a “Shaka”.