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Jan. 28 Big 12 MBB Power Rankings

#10 West Virginia Mountaineers (13-6, 2-5)

 The Mountaineers fall to last in the power rankings, and there may not be much of an argument against it. Losers of four straight, that was capped off Wednesday night when they lost to last place Oklahoma by 10 at home. Bob Huggins has his work cut out for him if his team wants an NCAA tournament bid. 

#9 Kansas State Wildcats (10-9, 2-6)

Another winless week for the Wildcats who looked like they might be on an upswing after beating Texas and Texas Tech in back to back games, but the Wildcats returned to their losing ways going 0-2 this week. They also had to play the top two teams in the conference in Baylor and Kansas, and were able to be competitive with Kansas, keeping them out of the bottom. 

#8 Oklahoma State Cowboys (10-9, 3-5)

Yet another team who went winless this week, and the top of the conference is really starting to separate themselves from the rest. The Cowboys dropped games to Texas and Iowa State, but were able to play both closely. A team that is on a postseason ban, the Pokies look like they could be a team that spoils another conference rival’s tournament bid.

#7 Oklahoma Sooners (13-7, 3-5)

Oklahoma was losers of four straight heading into what looked like an execution on their season heading into Morgantown. Yet they turned in an inspiring performance instead, leading the Mountaineers by double figures for the majority of the game and breaking their losing streak. The Sooners still have a lot of work to do if they want to make the tournament, but a solid conference road win is a great start.

#6 Iowa State Cyclones (15-5, 3-5)

The Cyclones were the surprise of the Big 12 when, after winning only two games all of last season they started 12-0, but since conference play they have considerably cooled off. This week saw them get man-handled by TCU at home, but were able to follow that up with a nice away win at Oklahoma State. Any road win in the Big 12 comes at a premium and Iowa State got one when they needed it most.

#5 TCU Horned Frogs (13-4, 3-3)

The Horned Frogs had about as mixed of a bag week that you could possibly have. They started their week off with a great road win over Iowa State, limiting the Cyclones to only 44 points. Then they lost by 23 to Texas at home. For a team that was presumed to be last in the conference, the Horned Frogs are certainly hanging around better than most expected. 

#4 Texas Longhorns (15-5, 5-3)

A team that started the season with sky high expectations and failed to meet them for the first half of the season, the Longhorns are starting to put it together at the right time. They went 2-0 this week, with a dominating 23 point victory over TCU. If they continue to play to their potential they could make a run in the conference tournament. 

#3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-5, 5-3)

A team that had a run as a top two team in the conference, the Red Raiders drop not because they have fallen off, but because the top two teams are so good. Texas Tech gave Kansas all they could handle in Lawrence, but ultimately came up short in double overtime. 

#2 Baylor Bears (18-2, 6-2)

The Bears stumbled a bit in conference play after starting the season 15-0, losing back to back home games to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, but they got right back on track winning their next three games, with the lowest margin of victory being nine. The defending national champions are back to where most expected them to be, neck to neck with Kansas atop the Big 12. 

#1 Kansas Jayhawks (17-2, 6-1) Since losing their only conference game to Texas Tech, Kansas has won it’s next five games. It looks like the Big 12 is once again going through Lawrence, just as Texas head coach Chris Beard said it does. Bill Self once again has a team in Lawrence that not only will be a favorite to win the Big 12 Championship, but also make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.

Photo by Wesley Shoemaker, Blue Gold Sports

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