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Big 12 Hoops Rankings: conference looking deep yet again

Jayhawks are the favorite to win the league, but in-state rivals K-State have a chance to stop them.

NCAA Basketball: Kennesaw State at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

It’s 2018, and as the weeks, months and years fall off the calendar, one thing remains the same: the Big 12 Conference is the best in the country.

From top to bottom, it’s just a supremely deep and talented league. It has been for many years, and when you look around at the coaches in this conference, you can tell it’ll stay that way for years to come.

Another thing that hasn’t changed: Kansas is the best team in the conference.

Looking forward to doing these power rankings all season long. Here’s Week 1!

1. Kansas Jayhawks

The lineup is stacked and the coaching staff unparalleled.

2. Kansas State Wildcats

Dean Wade and Barry Brown get all the hype, and deservedly so—there’s not much else on this roster.

3. TCU Horned Frogs

Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson are off to a hot start, but I’m waiting on freshman Kaden Archie to blow up.

4. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Team is still getting a feel for each other, but Jarrett Culver is as advertised.

5. West Virginia Mountaineers

Don’t let the loss to Buffalo scare you. I tweeted at the start of the season that CJ Massinburg might lead the country in scoring...

... and he dropped 43 points on the Mountaineers in a 99-94 upset win. Can’t underestimate Buffalo, so you can’t take the loss without a grain of salt.

6. Iowa State Cyclones

How long will Preseason All-Conference guard Lindell Wigginton be out? Without him, Cyclones go from great to good.

7. Texas Longhorns

Without any one-and-done type talent on this roster, Shaka Smart’s coaching ability will be put to the test.

8. Oklahoma Sooners

Christian James, Aaron Calixte and Brady Manek are looking like a legitimate Big 3. Don’t sleep on Katy, TX, product Jamal Bienemy, a true freshman with loads of potential.

9. Baylor Bears

Tough loss to open the season against Texas Southern, but bounced back with two decisive wins.

10. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Just picked up their first win of the season last night against an atrocious UTSA team.