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Week 6 Big 12 College Basketball Power Rankings

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys Have Continued Their Strong Start

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After the Big 12 Power Rankings experienced plenty of change last week, the rankings, again, look completely different this week than last. Currently, we have six or seven teams who look to be in position to contend, or at least compete, in the Big 12 once conference play opens up, with a few teams living up to preseason hype and some overachieving thus far.

This season, the Big 12 conference again looks like a powerhouse in the nation and well on its way to sending multiple teams to the Big Dance in March. Of course, No. 8 Kansas will most likely find itself listed in the Associated Press weekly, but now the likes of Kansas State, Oklahoma and No. 24 Oklahoma State are definitely primed to give the conference’s powerhouse a run for their money.

The league added two teams to the conference this offseason, in West Virginia and TCU, who started off their respective residences in the Big 12 a little differently. TCU found success early on, but has fall flat recently and now find themselves stuck at the bottom of the Big 12 food chain along with West Virginia.

With plenty more basketball to be played and just a few weeks to go before conference play opens up, expect some more action in the power rankings come Week 7. But for now, let’s enjoy what was a wild Week 6 in Big 12 basketball, including a big upset that a team was on the wrong side of.

In the following slides, we’ll recap each Big 12 team’s successes and failures this week and look forward to the week ahead.

Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. He will also be contributing weekly Big 12 Power Rankings during the 2012-2013 NCAAB season every Tuesday. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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No. 10- West Virginia Mountaineers

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Overall: 4-5

Last Week: 0-2 (Duquesne, Michigan)

After winning two-straight games the week prior, the West Virginia Mountaineers dropped both of their contests this week when they took on Duquesne and No. 3 Michigan. Even though their matchup against the Dukes was on the road, the Mountaineers really should’ve been able to beat one of the bottom-feeders of the Atlantic 10. Nobody really expected head coach Bobby Huggins and company to truly challenge the Wolverines in their next game. That’s why this team remains in the last spot in these power rankings.

Next week, West Virginia should have two winnable games against Oakland on Wednesday and Radford on Saturday.

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No. 9- Texas Longhorns

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Overall: 6-4

Last Week: 1-0 (Texas State)

The Texas Longhorns were able to avenge their last two-straight losses with a 75-63 win over the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday. In this relatively easy victory, the Longhorns got a huge boost from freshman guard Javan Felix who scored 20 points on 7-17 shooting from the field and 5-5 shooting from the line. Felix also dished 7 assists and swiped 3 steals. Texas could definitely use continued production from Felix in the prolonged absence of Myck Kabongo.

Next week, the Longhorns face a daunting task going up against No. 23 North Carolina on Wednesday and No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday.

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No. 8- TCU Horned Frogs

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Overall: 6-4

Last Week: 0-0

The TCU Horned Frogs, who were somewhat of a wildcard coming into their first season in the Big 12, have started their season off pretty well thus far in 2012-2013. After an off week last week, the Horned Frogs now have a great opportunity to end their current two-game losing streak.

Next week, TCU will battle Southern University Tuesday and Rice on Saturday

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No. 7- Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Overall: 5-2

Last Week: 0-1 (McNeese State)

The Texas Tech Red Raiders, who were averaging close to 90 points per game, were upset at home on Sunday by McNeese State out of the Southland Conference. The Red Raiders dropped their seemingly winnable home affair 80-75, in a game where they allowed their opponents to shoot 56 percent from the field. Interim head coach Chris Walker will have to preach better defense this week in practice.

Next week, the Red Raiders will face Alabama on Wednesday and Arizona State on Saturday.

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No. 6- Iowa State Cyclones

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Overall: 8-3

Last Week: 1-0 (Drake)

The Iowa State Cyclones continued their high-scoring and winning ways this week in their 86-77 victory over the Drake Bulldogs. In this contest, the Cyclones were led by Melvin Ejim, who continued his impressive season where he’s been averaging nearly a double-double. The Cyclones’ well-balanced offense doesn’t look to be going away anytime soon this season, and that’s a good sign now that conference play is just around the corner.

Next week, Iowa State will play their last game in 2012 against UMKC on Wednesday.

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No. 5- Baylor Bears

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Overall: 7-3

Last Week: 2-0 (Lamar, USC Upstate)

After a successful week, the Baylor Bears have now built a nice little two-game winning streak that feature a winning margin of 16.5 points per game. Now developing a very solid inside-out game with freshman center Isaiah Austin and senior guard Peirre Jackson, head coach Scott Drew now has his team developing some consistency on offense.

Next week, the Bears play BYU on Friday.

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No. 4- Kansas State Wildcats

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Overall: 7-2

Last Week: 0-1 (Gonzaga)

This past week, the Kansas State Wildcats dropped a tough matchup to the 10-1 No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Wildcats, who still remain near the top of the Big 12, were outplayed in every aspect of this game. The Bulldogs are one of the best teams in the country and are probably deserving of a top-ten AP ranking. On Saturday, Gonzaga shot 47 percent from the field while forcing K-State to shoot just 33 percent and at one point held a lead as large as 21 points. The Wildcats should be able to learn from their loss, however.

Next week, Kansa State will take on Texas Southern on Tuesday and No. 8 Florida on Saturday.

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No. 3- Oklahoma Sooners

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Overall: 7-2

Last Week: 1-0 (Texas A&M)

The Oklahoma Sooners secured a solid bounce-back win over Texas A&M on Saturday, 64-54. A team that boasts a solid rotation of ten contributing players, the Sooners have been able to compete against all of their opponents thus far this season. But, the most defining and promising statistic for this Oklahoma team is their 52.2 opponents points per game average. Holding their opponents to the low fifties night in and night out will definitely be a useful tool come January.

Next week, the Sooners will play SF Austin on Tuesday.

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No. 2- Oklahoma State Cowboys

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Overall: 8-1

Last Week: 1-0 (Cent Arkansas)

The Oklahoma State Cowboys blew out the Cent Arkansas Bears on Sunday, 91-63. The Cowboys, who now are the proud owners of a three-game winning streak, have continued rolling behind the superb play of Le’Bryan Nash, Markel Brown and Marcus Smart, who all play at least 33 minutes and score at least 13 points per game.

Next week, the Cowboys take on Texas-Arlington on Wednesday and Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

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No. 1- Kansas Jayhawks

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Overall: 8-1

Last Week: 1-0 (Belmont)

The Jayhawks continued their undefeated home stand this week when they defeated the Belmont Bruins, 89-60. In this one, Travis Releford led the team in scoring. But, for Kansas, it doesn’t really matter where the production comes from. With consistently stifling defense and balanced offense, head coach Bill Self’s team will be able to compete against anyone in the country this season.

Next week. The Jayhawks will take on Richmond on Tuesday and No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday.