Big 12 men’s basketball: Power Rankings

KU head coach Bill Self looks towatds the court during the basketball game between K-State and KU in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 6, 2017. (File Photo by Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

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

1. Kansas (24-3, 12-2) (Last Week: 1) (Next: TCU)

Another batch of power rankings, another week the Kansas Jayhawks sit at the No. 1 spot. Despite having doubts entering the season, KU has performed at a high level this year and will likely cruise to a championship with a current three-game lead.

2. West Virginia (22-6, 10-5) (Last Week: 3) (Next: at TCU on Saturday)

After fighting KU hard and then winning the next two games, West Virginia finally jumped a spot in the power rankings. The Mountaineers will likely finish at No. 2 in the conference unless some upsets take place.

3. Iowa State (18-9, 10-5) (Last Week: 4) (Next: Baylor on Saturday)

Iowa State, winner of four-straight games, is one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 and has jumped up to third place. The Cyclones are a very inconsistent team, but have made a charge to the top as of lately.

4. Baylor (22-5, 9-5) (Last Week: 2) (Next: Oklahoma)

Baylor fought its way to be in contention for first place, but has now lost two games straight and is losing momentum. The Bears are solid, but the last two games have shown their flaws.

5. Oklahoma State (18-9, 7-7) (Last Week: 5) (Next: at Kansas State)

Although sitting at No. 5 in the conference, Oklahoma State could cause some issues for teams at the upcoming Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. The Cowboys are definitely a threatening team in the conference.

6. Kansas State (17-10, 6-8) (Last Week: 6) (Next: Oklahoma State)

More of a reflection of other teams’ losses rather than Kansas State’s wins, the Wildcats stay at No. 6 this week. K-State has struggled recently, but perhaps Saturday’s win over Texas will propel it to a nice finish down the stretch.

7. TCU (17-10, 6-8) (Last Week: 8) (Next: at Kansas)

TCU has lost three straight games, thus showing its earlier spark was likely due to competition. The Horned Frogs have some talent, but are probably still a year away from being really solid.

8. Texas Tech (17-11, 5-10) (Last Week: 7) (Next: at Oklahoma State on Saturday)

Following a big win over Baylor, the Red Raiders lost their next two games. Texas Tech has a very small bubble chance for the NCAA Tournament, but it is still possible with a few games left down the stretch.

9. Texas (10-18, 4-11) (Last Week: 9) (Next: Kansas on Saturday)

The Longhorns battled K-State on Saturday but couldn’t finish the game, and then got beat up by West Virginia on Monday. Texas has shown a few glimpses this season, but youth has hurt them this season.

10. Oklahoma (9-17, 3-11) (Last Week: 10) (Next: at Baylor)

Oklahoma picked up its first win since Jan. 18 after a win over Texas last week. There are only four games and then the Big 12 Tournament for Sooner fans before they get to put a bow on this disastrous season.