Big 12 College Basketball Power Rankings: Week 8
Kansas Continues To Be The Class Of The Big 12
After the Big 12 Power Rankings experienced plenty of change throughout non-conference play, they've now developed some relatively steady order following a few games of conference play. Currently, we have six or seven teams who look to be in position to contend, or at least compete, in the Big 12, 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, now No. 4 Kansas will most likely find itself listed in the Associated Press weekly, but now the likes of No. 16 Kansas State, Oklahoma and 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 on positive notes. TCU has found solid success early on, and West Virginia has also won their fair-share of non-conference battles as well. But, both teams now find themselves towards the bottom of the conference rankings and standings now that Big 12 play has begun.
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 11. But for now, let’s enjoy what was a wild Week 10 in Big 12 basketball, including a big milestone victory for one storied franchise.
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.
No. 10- Texas Longhorns
Overall: 8-8, 0-3
Last Week: 0-2 (West Virginia, Iowa State)
The Texas Longhorns are not only 0-3 in Big 12 play this season, but they’re also losers of four of their last five games overall. Their only win in that stretch? A victory over the 3-12 Rice Owls who rank 331st in RPI. Texas is truly in danger of starting off conference play 0-5 and falling multiple games below .500.
Next week, the Longhorns face Kansas on Saturday.
No. 9- TCU Horned Frogs
Overall: 9-7, 0-3
Last Week: 0-2 (Oklahoma State, Baylor)
The TCU Horned Frogs entered Big 12 play at 9-4 overall and winners of three-straight games. But, since they began battling their new conference foes, the boys in purple have lost three-straight games and lost them all by at least 8 points. Unfortunately for TCU, their schedule doesn’t get any easier in the few games ahead.
Next week, The Horned Frogs will battle No. 16 Kansas State and Iowa State.
No. 8- West Virginia Mountaineers
Overall: 8-7, 1-2
Last Week: 1-1 (Texas, Kansas State)
The West Virginia Mountaineers’ have truly struggled shooting the ball this season. On the year, the team is shooting just 39.7 percent from the field, 309th in the nation. But, fortunately for head coach Bob Huggins the Mountaineers have a fixable problem.
No. 7- Texas Tech Red Raiders
Overall: 8-6, 1-2
Last Week: 0-2 (Baylor, Kansas)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are another team that has struggled in Big 12 play. In the beginning of the season, the Red Raiders were in the Top 10 in the nation in scoring, putting up over 85 points per game as a team. In three Big 12 conference games, Texas Tech has averaged just 52 points per game. Their offense has simply disappeared.
Next week, the Red Raiders will battle Oklahoma State on Saturday.
No. 6- Oklahoma State Cowboys
Overall: 11-4, 1-2
Last Week: 1-1 (TCU, Oklahoma)
The Oklahoma State Cowboys went 10-1 in their first 11 games this season, en route to earning a No. 22 ranking in the AP Poll. However, since earning that national acclaim, the Cowboys have dropped three of their last four contests and look to be one, if not, the weakest of the double-digit win teams in the conference.
Next week, the Cowboys will compete against Texas Tech on Saturday.
No. 5- Baylor Bears
Overall: 11-5, 3-1
Last Week: 2-1 (Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas)
Before the Baylor Bears’ devastating loss to the Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrenceville, the Bears were riding a pretty impressive hot streak. They had won 6 of their last 7 games before falling to the Jayhawks, with their only loss coming at the hands of now No. 8 Gonzaga on the road, by just 7 points.
Next week, the Bears play at Texas Tech on Tuesday and at TCU on Saturday.
No. 4- Iowa State Cyclones
Overall: 11-4, 1-1
Last Week: 1-1 (Kansas, Texas)
The Iowa State Cyclones are playing their best basketball of the 2012-2013 season, and it’s come at a great time. The Cyclones have won 5 of their last 6 games and are a ridiculous Ben McLemore buzzer-beater away from being undefeated in Big 12 play and a potential Top-25 ranking.
Next week, Iowa State will play both West Virginia and TCU.
No. 3- Oklahoma Sooners
Overall: 11-3, 2-0
Last Week: 1-0 (Oklahoma State)
The Oklahoma Sooners have won four-straight games and most recently handled in-state rival, Oklahoma State, 77-68 with ease. With seven players scoring between 5.5 and 13.5 points per game, this well-rounded offensive attack and solid defensive scheme has truly carried the Sooners to some early success this season.
Next week, Oklahoma will play Texas Tech and No. 16 Kansas State.
No. 2- Kansas State Wildcats
Overall: Overall: 13-2, 2-0
Last Week: 1-0 (West Virginia)
This past week, the former No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats secured a solid road victory over the West Virginia Mountaineers. Now, K-State has won six-straight games and Look to be a clear top contender in the Big 12 this season.
Next week, the Wildcats will take on TCU on Wednesday and Oklahoma on Saturday.
No. 1- Kansas Jayhawks
Overall: 15-1, 3-0
Last Week: 3-0 (Iowa State, Texas Tech, Baylor)
The No. 4 Kansas Jayhawks are the most well-rounded team in the Big 12 and truly one of the top teams in the nation. They’ve now won 32-straight games at Allen Fieldhouse and have won all three of their Big 12 contests by an average of 13 points per game.
Next week, the Jayhawks will play Texas on Saturday.