The Big 12 Conference occupied five of the Top 14 spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Men’s Basketball poll, released Dec. 14.
Baylor (4-0) and Kansas (6-1) held steady from last week at No. 2 and No. 5 respectively. West Virginia (6-1) moved into the Top 10, sliding up three spots to No. 8. Texas (5-1) moved up two spots to No. 11, while Texas Tech (6-1) moved up three spots to No. 13.
Baylor started last week with a 83-52 win over Stephen F. Austin, but its Big 12 opener with Texas on Sunday was postponed due to COVID-19 positives within the Baylor program. So the Bears played just one game last week. The Bears’ Tuesday game with Tarleton State has been canceled and the Bears don’t have a scheduled game until they face Kansas State on Dec. 19.
Kansas had a 2-0 week, defeating Creighton, 73-72, and Omaha, 95-50. Its game with Tarleton State was canceled, so the Jayhawks open Big 12 play on Dec. 17 against Texas Tech.
West Virginia (6-1) had to work to get an additional game after its regularly-scheduled game with Robert Morris was canceled. The Mountaineers lured North Texas to Morgantown for a 72-60 win, and then the Mountaineers beat then-No. 19 Richmond, 87-71, on Sunday. Richmond fell out of the Top 25 with the loss.
West Virginia opens Big 12 action with Iowa State on Dec. 18.
Texas defeated Texas State, 74-53, in what turned out to be its only game last week. Texas hosts Sam Houston State on Dec. 16 and then hosts Oklahoma State on Dec. 20.
Texas Tech had a 2-0 week, defeating Abilene Christian, 51-44, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 77-57. The Red Raiders have only one game this week and that’s against Kansas on Dec. 17.
Oklahoma State (6-0) received 48 votes. Last week the Cowboys defeated Oral Roberts, 83-78, and then beat to Wichita State, 67-64. The Cowboys have two Big 12 games this coming week, hosting TCU on Dec. 16 and then traveling to Texas on Dec. 20 as the Cowboys try to crack the Top 25 for the first time this season.
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