Heading into the end of the Big 12 season, the final picture of the tiers of the conference are starting to become clearer.
#10- West Virginia Mountaineers (14-14, 3-12)
After starting the season 11-2, the Mountaineers are in real danger of not even finishing above .500. Losers of 11 of their last 12, the Mountaineers went into Ames to take on Iowa State, who was their long win in the last 12 games. The Mountaineers led by double digits several minutes into the second half, and then collapsed again. There are few positives with this Mountaineers squad.
#9- Oklahoma Sooners (14-14, 4-11)
After having a three game stretch that started with a win over Texas Tech, then back to back two point losses to Kansas and Texas, the Sooners looked like they might be prepping for a late season run. That all fell apart this week as they lost both games by over 20 points, to Iowa State and Texas Tech respectively. The Sooners will likely face the Mountaineers in the play-in round of the Big 12 tournament with Oklahoma State ineligible.
#8- Kansas State Wildcats (14-13, 6-9)
The Wildcats had an opportunity this week to pad their bubble resume, which they desperately needed due their overall record, and flopped hard. A loss to Oklahoma State was a game they really needed, then followed that up by giving up 102 points to Kansas. They are gonna need a big late season push to get them into the tournament now.
#7- Oklahoma State Cowboys (13-14, 6-9)
Oklahoma State is ineligible for the post-season and continues to try to wreck fellow conference-mates chances of making it. This week they did it by beating Kansas State and effectively ending their season barring a miracle.
#6- TCU Horned Frogs (17-9, 6-8)
TCU did what it had to do this week to keep themselves on the bubble by defeating West Virginia, then losing to Texas. The win against West Virginia was a big one as after that game they play four straight ranked opponents including Kansas twice. There may only be one more win left on their schedule, a rematch against the Mountaineers, but that may be all they need to solidify their post-season chances.
#5- Iowa State Cyclones (19-9, 6-9)
After losing four straight, and looking at a freefall of their season, the Cyclones responded in a big way with three straight wins. Their final three games only include one ranked game (Baylor), so the Cyclones have a real chance to finish 2-1 and should easily hit 20 wins.
#4- Texas Longhorns (20-8, 9-6)
The Longhorns lost a big rematch this week, to Texas Tech at home. This was a game that Texas needed to get their national respect, but instead it saw Texas Tech fans take over their stadium and watch their team defeat their in-state rivals for the second time this season.
#3- Baylor Bears (23-5, 11-4)
The top three teams in the conference are still incredibly close, and while Baylor also went undefeated this week and any win in the Big 12 is a good win, they didn’t look impressive. The Bears were nearly upset by Oklahoma State, escaping the buzzer-beater of the year that was just half a second to late and winning in overtime. The Bears are still a top team in the country, and them not being the best team in the conference just shows how good the Big 12 is.
#2- Texas Tech Red Raiders (22-6, 11-4)
When Chris Beard jumped ship from the Red Raiders to the Texas Longhorns, few expected them to immediately come back and compete, let alone sweep their former coaches’ team. But they have done exactly that. Not only did they defeat the Longhorns for the second time this season, they followed that up with a 24 point blowout win over Oklahoma, holding them to only 42 points.
#1 Kansas Jayhawks (23-4, 12-2)
The familiar face stays at the top of the conference and its gonna take a lot to move them from the spot. Not only are they the top team in the conference, but they seem to be only getting better, topped off by a 102 point performance against tKansas State.