The Big 12 Conference claimed four of the Top 10 spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Men’s Basketball poll, released Dec. 21.
Baylor (5-0, 1-0 in Big 12) remained No. 2. Iowa’s loss to No. 1 Gonzaga helped the Big 12, as Kansas (7-1, 1-0) moved up two spots to No. 3 and West Virginia (7-1, 1-0) moved up one spot to No. 7.
Texas (7-1, 1-0) crashed the Top 10, moving up one spot to No. 10, while Texas Tech (6-2, 0-1) dropped one spot to No. 15 after absorbing a loss to Kansas last week.
Baylor had to postpone its Big 12 opener with Texas last Sunday, and cancel a game with Tarleton State, before opening the Big 12 slate with a 100-69 win over Kansas State on Saturday. It was Baylor’s second time dealing with COVID-19 this season. Earlier this season head coach Scott Drew got COVID-19 and isolated from his team, but the Bears were able to play later that week. The Bears get in one more game before the holiday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Monday.
Kansas played just one game last week, but defeated Texas Tech on the road, 58-57. The Jayhawks have a doozy of a game on Tuesday night, as the Jayhawks host West Virginia in both programs’ last game before the holiday.
The Mountaineers opened Big 12 play last week with a 70-65 win over Iowa State. It was WVU’s only game last week.
Texas had a 2-0 week with wins over Sam Houston State, 79-63, and Oklahoma State, 77-74. The latter was the Longhorns’ Big 12 opener. Texas is off until Dec. 29 when it hosts Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Texas Tech gets a chance to bounce back from its loss to Kansas when it faces Oklahoma on Tuesday.
Oklahoma State (6-2, 0-2) lost both of its conference games last week to TCU and Texas, so after receiving 48 votes last week the Cowboys were down to three votes.
No other Big 12 teams received a vote in this week’s poll.
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