Conference Power Rankings: Big 12


Three teams are tied for first place and two others are deadlocked in second. The Big 12 is far from the best conference in the country -- but it's definitely one of the most entertaining. Here are this week's power rankings.

1. Oklahoma State -- The Cowboys have the inside track to the Big 12 title. They've already defeated Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse and will likely be favored in the Feb. 20 rematch in Stillwater. OSU will take a six-game winning streak into Saturday's home tilt with Oklahoma.

2. Kansas -- Monday's 83-62 victory over Kansas State ended the Jayhawks' three-game losing streak. But c'mon ... did anyone seriously think KU was going to lose that game at Allen Fieldhouse? We'll have a better feel for where this team stands after next week's trip to Stillwater.

3. Kansas State -- Kansas State is one of the few teams in the country that hasn't suffered any upsets. The Wildcats' five losses are against Michigan, Gonzaga, Kansas (twice) and Iowa State (on the road). Saturday's showdown against Baylor could be one of the better games of the weekend.

4. Oklahoma -- The Sooners took a major hit when standout freshman guard Buddy Hield went down with a foot injury that will sideline him for four to six weeks. Oklahoma will face a tough test against red-hot rival Oklahoma State on Saturday in Stillwater. Three of OU's next four games are on the road.

5. Baylor -- The Bears have had some tough breaks in road losses at Iowa State and Oklahoma State, but they'll be in the Big 12 title hunt if they can beat K-State in Manhattan this weekend. Brady Heslip appears to have found his outside shooting stroke.

6. Iowa State -- The Cyclones are the Jekyll and Hyde of the Big 12. Great at home and snakebitten on the road. Just think, Fred Hoiberg's squad would be in first place if not for road losses to bottom-feeders Texas Tech and Texas. That has to be disheartening for Iowa State fans.

7. Texas -- The return of suspended point guard Myck Kabongo gave the Longhorns a boost in Wednesday's double-overtime victory against Iowa State -- although, to be fair, it was Javan Felix running the show after Kabongo fouled out down the stretch. Still, a nice win for UT against a talented Cyclones team.

8. West Virginia -- This just isn't the Mountaineers' year. Baylor pummeled Bob Huggins' squad 80-60 in Waco on Wednesday, snapping WVU's three-game winning streak. West Virginia hosts Texas Tech on Saturday. After that, it may not win another conference game.

9. Texas Tech -- The Red Raiders' last two losses (to Baylor and Oklahoma State) have come by an average of 25.5 points. With three of the next four games on the road, things probably won't get better anytime soon. It will be interesting to see who is interested in this job -- assuming, of course, that athletic director Kirby Hocutt chooses not to retain interim coach Chris Walker.

10. TCU -- So how did the Horned Frogs respond to last week's upset of Kansas? By losing their next two games by an average of 20 points. It's amazing to think that TCU could finish 1-17 in Big 12 play, with its only victory coming against the Jayhawks.