Feb 22, 2014; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21), guard Andrew Wiggins (22), forward Perry Ellis (34) and guard Wayne Selden, Jr. (1) react to a dunk in the second half against the Texas Longhorns at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won 85-54. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 basketball power rankings: Week 16

As the week opened in the Big 12, the Texas Longhorns were on the rise as winners of 9 out of 10 games, and they had a ready-made opportunity to rise to #1 with a game against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. Then, they ran into a buzzsaw.

Kansas is the perennial “favorite” in the Big 12 under Bill Self, and they showed why on Saturday, blasting Rick Barnes and the Longhorns to the tune of a 31-point defeat. If it is possible, the final margin didn’t quite do the damage justice, and the talent level displayed by KU reminded everyone of why they are considered the favorite in the league.

Aside from the Jayhawk experience, Texas also fell against Iowa State on Tuesday, and the Cyclones are the “next big thing” in the league. ISU has won 3 straight and ranks in the top 25 on KenPom, presenting big-time talent with a crazy level of experience when compared to today’s college hoops landscape.

Oklahoma also held off Kansas State in a battle between last week’s 4/5 teams, while Baylor upended the team who was one spot ahead of them in last week’s rankings (West Virginia) despite being on the road. In a rare bright spot for Oklahoma State this week, the Cowboys broke a ludicrous, 7-game losing skid with a blowout win over Texas Tech, grabbing revenge against the machine who ranked the Red Raiders ahead of them last week.

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 (21-6, 12-2)
  2. Iowa State (21-5, 9-5)
  3. Oklahoma (20-7, 9-5)
  4. Texas (20-7, 9-5)
  5. West Virginia (15-12, 7-7)
  6. Kansas State (18-9, 8-6)
  7. Baylor (18-9, 6-8)
  8. Oklahoma State (17-10, 5-9)
  9. Texas Tech (13-14, 5-9)
  10. TCU (9-17, 0-14)

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