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Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Kansas Still On Top, Mountaineers Continue To Climb

Only four Big 12 teams have yet to face defeat this season. Here's how everyone stacks up in this week's conference rankings.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

So here's what happened last week in the Big 12:

  • Two teams suffered their first losses of the season.
  • Texas survived a scare from Connecticut.
  • The Mountaineers, Cowboys, and Horned Frogs kept on winning.
  • Kansas State let all of West Virginia down by being blown out by "school that shall not be mentioned."

Let's get to the rankings:

1. Kansas Jayhawks, 5-1 (previous rank: 1)

The Jayhawks have been busy. They played 4 games last week, won all of them and claimed the Orlando Classic Championship. 
Last week: Defeated Rider 87-60 (11/24), Defeated Rhode Island 86-60 (11/27), Defeated Tennessee 82-67 (11/28), Defeated #20 Michigan State 61-56 (11/30)
This week: Vs. Florida (12/5)

2. Texas Longhorns, 6-0 (previous rank: 2)

It took a Jonathan Holmes three in the final seconds to defeat the Connecticut Huskies in Storrs, but the Longhorns keep winning even without Isaiah Taylor. They have a huge test this week, traveling to Lexington to take on the #1 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday. Spoiler Alert: If Texas wins that one, they're moving to the top of this list.
Last week: Defeated St. Francis PA 78-46 (11/25), Defeated UCONN 55-54 (11/30)
This week: Vs. UT-Arlington (12/2), @ #1 Kentucky (12/5)

3. West Virginia Mountaineers, 7-0 (previous rank: 4)

WVU had a good week, dominating two inferior opponents and avoiding a letdown after their championship in Puerto Rico. They'll get a challenge on Thursday as they host LSU. The Mountaineers are about to get a huge boost to their depth as both Brandon Watkins and BillyDee Williams are close to returning to action.
Last week: Defeated VMI 103-72 (11/26), Defeated College of Charleston 86-57 (11/29)
This week: Vs. LSU (12/4), @ Northern Kentucky (12/7)

4. Iowa State Cyclones, 3-1 (previous rank: 3)

The Cyclones suffered their first loss of the season after falling to Maryland on Tuesday. The Terrapins held Georges Niang to 10 points on 4-14 shooting.
Last week: Defeated Alabama 84-74 (11/24), Lost to Maryland 72-63 (11/25)
This week: Vs. Lamar (12/2) Vs. Arkansas (12/4)

5. Oklahoma Sooners, 4-2 (previous rank: 5)

The Sooners played three games in three days last week. Their first two were impressive wins over #22 UCLA and Butler, but they ran out of gas against #2 Wisconsin after trailing by only one at halftime. I'm not going to drop them for losing to the #2 ranked team in the country on the third night of a back-to-back-to-back. So far Houston transfer TaShawn Thomas has not put up the numbers he was expected to. Through six games he is only averaging 8 PPG and 5.7 RPG.
Last week: Defeated #22 UCLA 75-65 (11/26), Defeated Butler 59-46 (11/27), Lost to #2 Wisconsin 69-56 (11/28)
This week: Vs. Missouri (12/5)

6. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 6-0 (previous rank: 8)

They still haven't played anyone, but it's hard to ignore Oklahoma State's 6-0 start. Every Cowboy victory has came by at least 13 points.
Last week: Defeated Oregon State 66-53 (11/24), Defeated Tulsa 73-58 (11/26)
This week: Vs. North Texas (12/3), @ South Carolina (12/6)

7. Baylor Bears, 5-1 (previous rank: 6)

Baylor also fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, losing by 8 to Illinois after a dominating win over Memphis.
Last week: Defeated Stephen F. Austin 67-51 (11/24), Defeated Memphis 71-47 (11/27), Lost to Illinois 62-54 (11/28)
This week: Vs. Texas Southern (12/1), @ Vanderbilt (12/4)

8. TCU Horned Frogs, 7-0 (previous rank: 9)

Who had TCU among the last four teams in the conference to lose a game? It's not like they've been through the gauntlet with their schedule, but 7-0 is 7-0. The Horned Frogs played four games in six days and didn't have a letdown. Impressive.
Last week: Defeated Mississippi Valley State 106-53 (11/24), Defeated Radford 74-50 (11/26), Defeated Bradley 57-49 (11/28), Defeated Mississippi State 61-52 (11/29)
This week: @ Ole Miss (12/4)

9. Kansas State Wildcats, 3-3 (previous rank: 7)

Really, Kansas State? Really?

I had the Wildcats ranked 11th in the first draft of this post.
Last week: Defeated Purdue 88-79 (11/24), Lost to #3 Arizona 72-68 (11/25), Lost to PITT 70-47 (11/26)
This week: Vs. Purdue (11/24)

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders, 4-1 (previous rank: 10)

The Red Raiders fought back from a 32-16 halftime deficit and a 9 point deficit in the final minutes to grab a comeback win over Air Force.
Last week: Defeated Northwestern State 75-64 (11/24), Defeated Air Force 63-62 (11/30)
This week: Vs. Auburn (12/3)