Week 11 Big 12 College Basketball Power Rankings
Kansas Is The Team To Beat In 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. 3 Kansas will most likely find itself listed in the Associated Press weekly, but now the likes of No. 11 Kansas State and Oklahoma are definitely primed to give the conference’s powerhouse a run for their money. But, now the Oklahoma State Cowboys have started to slip and have given the top dog a little bit of breathing room.
The league added two teams to the conference this off-season, 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 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 12. But for now, let’s enjoy what was a wild Week 11 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: 8-10, 0-5
Last Week: 0-2 (Kansas, Oklahoma)
The Texas Longhorns are not only 0-5 in Big 12 play this season, but they’re also currently schlepping a five-game losing streak around campus. And, unfortunately for head coach Rick Barnes, things don't get any easier this upcoming week
Next week, the Longhorns face Texas Tech and No. 11 Kansas State.
No. 9- TCU Horned Frogs
Overall: 9-9, 0-5
Last Week: 0-2 (Kansas State, Iowa state)
The TCU Horned Frogs are also struggling mightily in conference play. The former mid-major have now lost five-straight conference matchups after closing out non-conference play on a three-game winning streak. Maybe, just maybe, TCU can sneak out a victory during the week ahead.
Next week, The Horned Frogs will battle West Virginia on Wednesday and Baylor on Saturday.
No. 8- West Virginia Mountaineers
Overall: 8-9, 1-3
Last Week: 0-2 (Iowa State, Purdue)
The West Virginia Mountaineers’ had a terrible week. Absolutely terrible. Yea, their second half run against Iowa State was somewhat impressive, but it came after the Mountaineers fell asleep during halftime and let the Cyclones come out of intermission on an 18-4 run. For head coach Bobby Huggins' sake, we won't get into their loss to Purdue.
Next week, West Virginia will take on TCU on Wednesday and Oklahoma State on Saturday.
No. 7- Texas Tech Red Raiders
Overall: 8-8, 1-4
Last Week: 0-2 (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State)
The Texas Tech Red Raiders had a rough time battling the schools of Oklahoma last week. But, they've also had a rough time in the Big 12 in general. 2012-13 has truly been a tale of two seasons for the Red Raiders, who were demolishing mid-majors like it was nobody's business in November, but can't compete in-conference. Through their first four games of the season, Texas Tech averaged 88.8 points per game. In their first five games of Big 12 play, this team hasn't scored more than 63 points.
Next week, the Red Raiders will battle Iowa State on Wednesday and Texas on Saturday.
No. 6- Oklahoma State Cowboys
Overall: 12-5, 2-3
Last Week: 1-1 (Texas Tech, Baylor)
The Oklahoma State Cowboys were 10-1 through their first 11 games, but they've fallen far from where they were when they upset then No. 6 NC State back on November 18. Since dropping their close New Year's Eve bout with then No. 10 Gonzaga, the Cowboys have truly struggled. Including the loss to the Zags, Ok-State has lost four of their last six games.
Next week, the Cowboys will compete against West Virginia on Saturday.
No. 5- Oklahoma Sooners
Overall: 13-4, 4-1
Last Week: 1-1 (Kansas State, Texas)
The Oklahoma Sooners have won six of their last seven games, only dropping a game at now No. 11 Kansas State by just nine points in that stretch. Freshman James Franschilla has the right to be killing his air guitar as long as his team keeps winning.
Next week, Oklahoma will play No. 3 Kansas on Saturday in the daunting Allen Fieldhouse.
No. 4- Iowa State Cyclones
Overall: 13-4, 3-1
Last Week: 2-0 (Kansas, Texas)
The Iowa State Cyclones have been playing their best basketball since kicking off conference play with an overtime loss to Kansas in Lawrenceville. When you really think about it, the Cyclones are just a Ben McLemore bank shot prayer away from being undefeated in the Big 12.
Next week, Iowa State will play Texas Tech on Saturday.
No. 3- Baylor Bears
Overall: 13-5, 4-1
Last Week: 2-0 (Hardin-Simmons,)
Don't read too much into Baylor's 107-38 victory over Division III Hardin Simmons, but a 10-point victory over Oklahoma State on national TV ain't too shabby. Baylor is one of, if not the, deepest teams in the conference and their five wins in their last six games since their close loss to Gonzaga hasn't come as a surprise.
Next week, the Bears play at TCU on Saturday.
No. 2- Kansas State Wildcats
Overall: Overall: 15-2, 4-0
Last Week: 1-0 (West Virginia)
This past week, the now No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats continued their winning ways with a dominant pair of conference wins. Now, they have an opportunity moving forward to catapult themselves into the national spotlight.
Next week, the Wildcats have a lot to prove against Kansas on Tuesday and will visit Iowa State on Saturday.
No. 1- Kansas Jayhawks
Overall: 16-1, 4-0
Last Week: 1-0 (Texas)
The now No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks took care of business on the road against Texas on Saturday. Now, Kansas is riding an impressive 15-game winning streak. Who can stop them from winning the Big 12? Maybe their next opponent.
Next week, the Jayhawks will play at No. 11 Kansas State on Tuesday and then host Oklahoma on Saturday.