Big 12 men’s basketball: Power Rankings

The basketball game between K-State and KU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6, 2017. (Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

NOTE: These power rankings only reflect games played through Tuesday night.

1. Kansas (21-3, 9-2) (Last Week: 1) (Next: at Texas Tech)

Kansas saw its home winning streak snapped on Saturday against Iowa State in overtime, but picked up a nice road win on Monday at a rowdy Bramlage Coliseum. The Jayhawks have a one-game lead in the standings and control their destiny moving forward.

2. Baylor (20-3, 7-3) (Last Week: 2) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

Despite being the No. 2 team in the country at the time, Baylor was upset by Kansas State at home on Saturday. The Wildcats played well, but the fact that the Bears were unable to defend the home floor against them was a bit concerning.

3. West Virginia (18-5, 6-4) (Last Week: 3) (Next: at Oklahoma)

The Mountaineers were beaten at home by Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Cowboys might be low in the standings, but they are on the rise in the conference. West Virginia needs to be sharp if it hopes to push for a championship.

4. Oklahoma State (15-8, 4-6) (Last Week: 5) (Next: Baylor)

Oklahoma State just keeps on winning. The Cowboys have won four straight games since starting 0-6 in conference play. They might not be the fourth-best team in the Big 12, but they are currently the “hot team” in the conference.

5. Iowa State (14-9, 6-5) (Last Week: 4) (Next: Oklahoma)

The Cyclones snatched a huge win at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday, which would usually shoot them up in the standings. However, Iowa State followed it up with a loss at Texas on Tuesday, which will go down as a bad loss on their résumé.

6. Kansas State (16-8, 5-6) (Last Week: 6) (Next: at West Virginia)

Facing a tough three-game stretch, K-State pulled off a huge upset at Baylor. The Wildcats competed hard against KU on Monday, but came up three points short. Being competitive is good, but close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.

7. TCU (17-7, 6-5) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at Baylor)

TCU dominated Texas at home on Saturday, and then fought off Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Horned Frogs are stringing together some wins, but it will be interesting to see if they can do it against the top teams in the conference.

8. Texas Tech (16-8, 4-7) (Last Week: 7) (Next: Kansas)

The Red Raiders nearly stole a win at TCU on Tuesday night, but came up just one point short of the win. Texas Tech has shown some glimpses this year, but a looming game against KU does not stack well in its favor.

9. Texas (10-14, 4-7) (Last Week: 9) (Next: at Oklahoma State)

Texas has been a struggling team this year, but it picked up a nice win by holding off Iowa State, one of the better teams in this league. The Longhorns won’t be dancing this year, but can probably stay competitive.

10. Oklahoma (8-14, 2-8) (Last Week: 10) (Next: West Virginia)

The struggles continue for the Oklahoma Sooners. Oklahoma has not won a game since Jan. 18, and it does not look like things are going get better any time soon.