Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3
Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 3
The Big 12 Conference has all of their teams over .500 entering Week 4 of the NCAA Basketball season. The conference has five unbeaten teams: Oklahoma State, Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State and Texas. Four of the five teams are ranked. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virginia have only one loss.
Until Oklahoma’s loss to no. 1 Michigan State on Saturday night, the Big 12 had been undefeated against the top-25. The conference was 14-3 on the week, with the Oklahoma loss and two losses by Kansas State in the Puerto Rico Kick Off representing the defeats.
With two of the best guards in the country, Andrew Wiggins and Marcus Smart, the Big 12 has two players that will be favorites to be named the best player in the country at the end of the year. The conference has the star power, and every team seems to be winning, but which team deserves to be deemed the best in the conference?
With conference play seemingly eons away, the only logical thing to do is to apply the eye test and a multitude of algorithms in a feeble attempt to project a conference hierarchy. Maybe not algorithms, but there are certainly trends that make certain teams stick out more than others.
Teams like Texas Christian have done quite a bit of work this week to improve their stock, and have to potential to be dangerous in conference play. Coach Tubby Smith rebounded well coming off a loss to Alabama last week. While the Big 12 Conference has been red-hot as of late, there can only be one in the top of the conference power rankings.
Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS and Facebook.
10. Kansas State
Last week, Kansas State went 1-2. The Wildcats were the only team in the Big 12 to not have a record of .500 or better during that span.
9. Texas Christian
The Horned Frogs were 2-0 last week, including a road victory over Washington State.
8. West Virginia
West Virginia was 2-0 last week, defeating both of their opponents by 33 points. Since their November 12 loss to Virginia Tech, the Mountaineers have won their last three games by an average score of 26.3.
The Texas Longhorns were 2-0 last week. After sleepwalking through their first two games, the Longhorns were able to defeat both of their opponents by double-figures.
The overachieving Oklahoma Sooners were able to score seven points in 32 seconds on Friday to defeat Seton Hall in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic semifinals. The Sooners nearly defeated no. 1 Michigan State on Saturday night in the championship.
5. Texas Tech
The Texas Tech Red Raiders continue to surprise, going 2-0 last week. The Red Raiders are much improved under new head coach Tubby Smith, and their stock is red-hot.
The Baylor Bears were relatively flat in their only game last week against Charleston Southern. The Bears have too much talent not to succeed, and have a good chance to win the Maui Invitational.
3. Iowa State
Iowa State played their toughest non-conference road game against BYU, notching a come-from-behind victory in Provo. Iowa State will play a relatively light schedule until conference play.
The Kansas Jayhawks rice-rolled their two opponents last week by a combined 50 points. Kansas will face the meat of their non-conference schedule in early December.
1. Oklahoma State
Marcus Smart still might be trending from his career night against #Memphis. Smart is poised to take home a lot of hardware at the end of the season, and his team has followed suit. The Cowboys are currently the second-highest scoring team in the country, averaging 102 points per game.