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Big 12 basketball power rankings: Week 15

Only one team at the top of the Big 12 rankings was immune to defeat this week, and it wasn’t exactly who you would think. The Texas Longhorns have won 9 out of 10 games, and they were the only team in the “top half” of the league to go undefeated over the past week. The perennial powerhouse that is the Kansas Jayhawks still boasts the league’s best record at 10-2 in conference (despite losing a wild one in Manhattan against their in-state rival), but if there was a “hottest” team award, it would go to the Longhorns.

In the “second tier”, Oklahoma and Iowa State both had interesting weeks from a resume perspective. The Sooners got a big win in Bedlam over a Marcus Smart-less Oklahoma State team on the road, but they also dropped an inexplicable home game to Texas Tech. On the other end, Iowa State beat those same Red Raiders at home, but they were unceremoniously blitzed by a rising West Virginia team in Morgantown.

As referenced earlier, the Oklahoma State Cowboys are in a free fall, losing their last 6 tilts and seeing their best player on the sidelines. They’ve gone from a perennial top-4 team in the league to near the basement, and if the season ended today, they’d have virtually no argument as an NCAA Tournament team. The rest of the league’s middle is actually in good shape, but that makes for even better debate with regard to where they stack up.

Without further ado, it’s time to unveil this week’s rankings, and by all means, feel free to flame us in the comments.

  1. Kansas (19-6, 10-2)
  2. Texas (20-5, 9-3)
  3. Iowa State (19-5, 7-5)
  4. Oklahoma (19-7, 8-5)
  5. Kansas State (17-8, 7-5)
  6. West Virginia (15-11, 7-6)
  7. Baylor (16-9, 4-8)
  8. Texas Tech (13-12, 5-7)
  9. Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-8)
  10. TCU (9-15, 0-12)

Tags: Baylor Bears Iowa State Cyclones Kansas Jayhawks Kansas State Wildcats Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys TCU Horned Frogs Texas Longhorns Texas Tech Red Raiders West Virginia Mountaineers

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