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Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Sooners & Cowboys Suffer Losses, WVU Back Up

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The state of Oklahoma didn't have a great week last week, and West Virginia moves up a spot in this week's rankings.

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

There weren't a ton of games last week in the Big 12, but the state of Oklahoma didn't have a great week. Both the Sooners and Cowboys suffered losses to ranked teams that would have been quality wins come March.

The Big 12 standings are ridiculous right now. Seven of the ten teams in the league have 0 or 1 loss.

Let's get to the rankings:

1. Texas Longhorns, 10-1 (previous rank: 1)

Texas avoided a letdown against sub-par teams, defeating Lipscomb with ease and beat a pesky Long Beach State team that knocked off Kansas State earlier in the season. Freshman Myles Turner had a huge game against Lipscomb, scoring 27 points and grabbing 9 rebounds off the bench.
Last week: Defeated Lipscomb 106-61 (12/16), Defeated Long Beach State 78-68 (12/20)
This week: Vs.Stanford (12/23)

2. Kansas Jayhawks, 9-1 (previous rank: 2)

The Jayhawks defeated Lafayette by the same 27 point margin that West Virginia did when they took on the Leopards earlier in the season. Kelly Oubre, who hadn't saw much playing time early in the season, had a breakout game. The prized recruit had 23 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action.
Last week: Defeated Lafayette 96-69 (12/20)
This week: @ Temple (12/22)

3. Iowa State Cyclones, 9-1 (previous rank: 3)

Iowa State's win against Drake was the debut of transfer Jameel McKay, who became eligible on December 20th. The former Marquette forward, who hadn't played in 665 days, had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 13 minutes off the bench.
Last week: Defeated Drake 83-54 (12/20)
This week: No games this week.

4. West Virginia Mountaineers, 10-1 (previous rank: 5)

West Virginia had their best shooting night of the season, making 53.4% of their shots in their win over NC State at Madison Square Garden in the Gotham Classic. Juwan Staten had his best game of the season, scoring 24 points on 10-17 shooting and adding 6 assists. Bob Huggins said the Mountaineers played their best game since beating Connecticut in Puerto Rico. West Virginia is second in the conference in scoring, averaging 78.8 PPG. They'll play a very solid Wofford team on Monday. The Terriers beat NC State 55-54 in Raleigh.
Last week: Defeated NC State 83-69 (12/20)
This week: Vs. Wofford (12/22)

5. Baylor Bears, 9-1 (previous rank: 6)

Baylor made only 11-21 of their free throws in their win over New Mexico State. They're dead last in the conference in FT% at only 61.4%. "We always shoot free throws. Maybe we shouldn't shoot free throws. It would save us a lot of practice time. We can't do worse," Baylor coach Scott Drew told reporters. Well, I guess he's right.
Last week: Defeated New Mexico State 66-55 (12/17)
This week: Vs. Southern (12/22)

6. Oklahoma Sooners, 7-3 (previous rank: 4)

Oklahoma missed an opportunity for a resume-building win over #16 Washington. The Sooners fell by 2 points after trailing 40-27 at the half. Ryan Spangler leads all Big 12 players in field goal percentage with an impressive 59.7%.
Last week: Defeated Oral Roberts 85-53 (12/16), Lost to #16 Washington 69-67 (12/20)
This week: Vs. Weber State (12/22)

7. TCU Horned Frogs, 11-0 (previous rank: 7)

TCU blew out another team last week. The Horned Frogs are 20th in the entire nation in assists per game and 19th in field goal percentage. West Virginia's Big 12 conference opener may not be the gimme we all expected when the schedule was released.
Last week: Defeated UT-San Antonio 88-57 (12/20)
This week: Vs. Grambling State (12/22)

8. Oklahoma State Cowboys, 9-2 (previous rank: 8)

The Cowboys also missed out on a win that would have looked good on Selection Sunday. Oklahoma State is very dependent on their leaders Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte. They currently hold the top two spots in the Big 12 in points per game.
Last week: Defeated Middle Tennessee 68-44 (12/16), Lost to #17 Maryland 73-64 (12/21)
This week: No games this week.

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders, 9-1 (previous rank: 9)

The Red Raiders absolutely destroyed South Carolina State. Three players scored in double figures and Texas Tech held at least a 50 point lead for the final 7:45 of the game.
Last week: Defeated South Carolina State 101-39 (12/17), Defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72-51 (12/19)
This week: Vs. Loyola Illinois (12/22)

10. Kansas State Wildcats, 7-4 (previous rank: 10)

K-State shot over 60% in their win over Texas A&M. This week they take on Texas Southern, who had a big road win last week over Michigan State.
Last week: Defeated Texas A&M 71-64 (12/20)
This week: Vs. Texas Southern (12/28)