The Big 12 continues to prove it's the deepest conference in America. Randomly pick any team 1-8, and on any given day they may be the best in the conference. As Fran Fraschilla has said, their isn't an elite team in the bunch, but winning on the road anywhere in the Big 12 outside of Fort Worth and Lubbock is going to be a task.
Let's get to the rankings:
1. Iowa State Cyclones, 14-3, 4-1 (previous rank: 2)
Iowa State lost by one point on the road at Baylor, but considering how tough it is to get road wins in the Big 12, their win on Saturday night over Kansas was enough to catapult them to the top spot. Naz Long had a great game against the Jayhawks, scoring 20 points. The Cyclones are undefeated at Hilton Coliseum this season.
Last week: Lost at #21 Baylor 74-73 (1/14), Defeated #11 Kansas 86-81 (1/17)
This week: Defeated Kansas State 77-71 (1/20), @ Texas Tech (1/24)
2. Kansas Jayhawks, 15-3, 4-1 (previous rank: 1)
The Jayhawks fell in Ames on Saturday and nearly blew a 19 point halftime lead against Oklahoma on Monday. Kelly Oubre has gone from being in Bill Self's doghouse to maybe the most important player on the team. He had 19 points and 9 rebounds in the win over the Sooners.
Last week: Defeated Oklahoma State 67-57 (1/13), Lost @ #9 Iowa State 86-81 (1/17)
This week: Defeated #19 Oklahoma 85-78 (1/19), @ #17 Texas (1/24)
3. Texas Longhorns, 14-4, 3-2 (previous rank: 6)
Texas showed Saturday against West Virginia that when they play to their potential, there aren't more than a handful of teams in America better. The Longhorns, admittedly a horrible matchup for West Virginia, just demolished the Mountaineers in their 77-50 victory. It's no surprise that Texas leads the conference in rebounding, averaging 42.8 per game.
Last week: Defeated #18 West Virginia 77-50 (1/17)
This week: Defeated TCU 66-48 (1/19), Vs. #11 Kansas (1/24)
4. West Virginia Mountaineers, 15-3, 3-2 (previous rank: 3)
Saturday night was the first time all season that you could say that West Virginia didn't give 100% effort. The Mountaineers had no answer for Texas, making only 13 field goals the entire game. The week off will help, along with having the second worst team in the conference coming into the Coliseum on Saturday. It wasn't all bad last week though. West Virginia looked super impressive in their manhandling of Oklahoma.
Last week: Defeated #18 Oklahoma 86-65 (1/13), Lost to #17 Texas 77-50 (1/17)
This week: @ TCU (1/24)
5. Oklahoma Sooners, 12-6, 3-3 (previous rank: 4)
Oklahoma rebounded from their terrible performance in Morgantown by beating Oklahoma State by double-digits and nearly taking down Kansas on the road. Buddy Hield is making a strong case for Big 12 Player of the Year, leading the league in scoring at 18.1 PPG.
Last week: Lost to #18 West Virginia 86-65 (1/13), Defeated Oklahoma State 82-65 (1/17)
This week: Lost to #11 Kansas 85-78 (1/19), @ #21 Baylor (1/24)
6. Kansas State Wildcats, 11-8, 4-2 (previous rank: 8)
K-State has found their groove. After losing the conference opener to Oklahoma State, they ripped off four straight wins and were tied with Iowa State last night with under three minutes to play before falling short. They'll get a chance to avenge their conference opening loss to the Cowboys on Saturday.
Last week: Defeated Texas Tech 58-51 (1/14), Defeated #21 Baylor 63-61 (1/17)
This week: Lost to #9 Iowa State 77-71 (1/20), Vs. Oklahoma State (1/24)
7. Baylor Bears, 13-4, 2-3 (previous rank: 7)
Baylor is the only conference team so far to beat Iowa State. They have a very unusual game in the middle of conference play against a NAIA team that I'm not ashamed to admit I've never heard of. Weird.
Last week: Defeated #9 Iowa State 74-73 (1/14), Lost to Kansas State 63-61 (1/17)
This week: Vs. Hutson-Tillotson (1/21), Vs. #19 Oklahoma (1/24)
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys , 12-5, 2-3 (previous rank: 5)
Oklahoma State was 0-2 last week in their attempt to get a road win against a ranked team, losing by double digits in both games.
Last week: Lost to #11 Kansas 67-57 (1/13), Lost to #19 Oklahoma 82-65 (1/17)
This week: Vs. Texas Tech (1/21), @ Kansas State (1/24)
9. TCU Horned Frogs, 14-4, 1-4 (previous rank: 9)
By beating Texas Tech, TCU proved that they are, unquestionably, the ninth best team in the conference. Congrats.
Last week: Defeated Texas Tech 62-42 (1/17)
This week: Lost to #17 Texas 66-48 (1/19), @ #18 West Virginia (1/24)
10. Texas Tech Red Raiders, 10-8, 0-5 (previous rank: 10)
Tech got blasted in what was going to be their best chance at a conference win, losing by 20 to TCU at home. It's gonna be tough for Tubby's boys to avoid going winless in league play.
Last week: Lost to Kansas State 58-51 (1/14), Lost to TCU 62-42 (1/17)
This week: @ Oklahoma State (1/21), Vs. #9 Iowa State (1/24)