With the 2019-20 Big 12 Men’s Basketball season now in Big 12 play, here are the HeartlandCollegeSports.com power rankings as of Jan. 13.
1. Baylor (Last rankings: 1)
Baylor had to fight off Oklahoma State on the road on Saturday, but they protected their undefeated Big 12 mark. The real question now is whether they’ve built the credibility to overtake Gonzaga for No. 1 in the country.
Next: The Bears host Oklahoma on Monday and travel to Florida on Saturday.
2. Kansas (Last rankings: 3)
Kansas won without Devon Dotson against Oklahoma and won with Dotson against Texas. Both games were on the road. The offensive explosion by Isaiah Moss against OU was key. He scored 20 points against the Sooners without Dotson, but slid back to scoring just five against Texas when he returned. The Jayhawks need more of the transfer’s outside shooting, especially from the 3-point line.
Next: Kansas hosts Kansas State on Tuesday and hosts Tennessee on Saturday.
3. Texas Tech (Last rankings: 4)
Kyler Edwards had a huge week. Chris Clarke moved into the starting lineup. Jahmi’us Ramsey is having an offensive downturn, but it won’t last. He’s too good. And this team is starting to figure some things out.
Next: Texas Tech is at TCU on Tuesday and hosts Kentucky on Saturday.
4. West Virginia (Last rankings: 2)
West Virginia made a statement by blowing out TCU at home and then made another one by losing to Kansas State on the road. They’re young and they’re gonna have weeks like this. But there is still so much to like about this team, especially the depth and the talent in the frontcourt. But it’s time to do something about Emmitt Matthews Jr. Moving him out of the starting lineup might give him a chance to shake off this scoring slump.
Next: The Mountaineers host Texas on Monday and host Missouri on Saturday.
5. Oklahoma (Last rankings: 6)
I felt the Sooners missed a golden opportunity against Kansas. OU was in that game before the Jayhawks pulled away, even without Devon Dotson. The Sooners blew out TCU and they remain the best of the rest in the Big 12. An upturn in Brady Manek’s production would make this team that much harder to deal with.
Next: The Sooners are at Baylor on Tuesday and host Mississippi State on Saturday.
6. Texas (Last rankings: 6)
Texas got a much-needed win against Oklahoma State early in the week and then lost to Kansas in the weekend game, but they were in it. The key both nights was 3-point shooting — the Longhorns had it against OSU and didn’t have it against Kansas. As long as that’s the key to victory for them, they’ll continue to be inconsistent. Forward Jericho Sims is really coming into his own and is worth watching every night.
Next: Texas is at West Virginia on Monday and hosts LSU on Saturday.
7. TCU (Last rankings: 5)
TCU fell back to earth this week and the Horned Frogs fell hard — losing to West Virginia by more than 30 points and losing to Oklahoma by 20 points. This is the team I think most of us though they were entering the season. But as long as Desmond Bane, R.J. Nembhard and Kevin Samuel have good nights, these Horned Frogs will be in games.
Next: TCU hosts Texas Tech on Tuesday and is at Arkansas on Saturday.
8. Kansas State (Last rankings: 9)
We have to give the Wildcats some credit for that blowout win over West Virginia on Saturday, so the Wildcats move up a spot. Cartier Diarra had a huge week and his game is always worth watching.
Next: The Wildcats are at Kansas on Tuesday and at Alabama on Saturday.
9. Iowa State (Last rankings: 8)
The Cyclones drop a spot with two losses this past week. Head coach Steve Prohm is trying to push some new buttons, including moving George Conditt IV into the starting lineup. But, right now, little is working for the Cyclones.
Next: Iowa State hosts Oklahoma State on Tuesday and travels to Auburn on Saturday.
10. Oklahoma State (Last rankings: 10)
The Cowboys are starting to come around. They’re shooting better and the lineup changes that head coach Mike Boynton Jr. has made are starting to agree with this group. But they failed to win either game last week, so for now they remain at the bottom.
Next: The Cowboys travel to Iowa State on Tuesday and travel to Texas A&M on Saturday.Note: Our next update will come on Jan. 27.
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