On Monday, the weekly Associated Press men’s college basketball poll was released, and it featured four teams, including three inside the top ten.
No. 2 Baylor, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Kansas, and No. 17 Iowa State all stayed steady or climbed in the rankings. The rankings features No. 1 Purdue, who gets the top spot for the first time in school history. The SEC has six teams in this week’s rankings, while the Big Ten has four, the Big East and Pac-12 have three teams, while the ACC only has No. 3 Duke.
The rankings mean a lot this week for Big 12 competition, as five games this week feature opponents who are ranked. The first comes when Texas Tech plays No. 13 Tennessee in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday. West Virginia hosts No. 15 UConn on Wednesday. On Thursday, Texas will be on the road against No. 23 Seton Hall. On Saturday, Oklahoma hosts No. 12 Arkansas, before the biggest matchup of the week puts No. 6 Villanova against No. 2 Baylor.
Eight of the 10 Big 12 teams have zero or one loss on the season, and the current last place team in the conference is Oklahoma State, sitting at 6-3. Conference play starts at the end of the month, and some of these games should start to paint a picture of who the better teams in the conference are this year.
Two other Big 12 schools were in consideration for the Top 25 this week, being Oklahoma and Texas Tech. The Sooners received 29 votes, ranking them at what would be No. 31. The Red Raiders received two votes this week, which would rank them at No. 38.