Texas made a three-spot jump to No. 4 in Matt Norlander’s ‘Hey Nineteen,’ the power rankings for men’s basketball at CBSSports.com, which were released on Jan. 5.
Texas, of course, defeated Kansas, on Saturday, the Longhorns’ first win at Allen Fieldhouse in Big 12 history and the worst home loss of the tenure of Kansas head coach Bill Self. The Longhorns have moved up to No. 4 in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches’ Top 25, which were released on Monday. Texas is also No. 2 in our Heartland College Sports Power Rankings, behind Baylor.
Norlander slotted Texas just behind Villanova, which was No. 3. He said that was fair given that the Wildcats are the Longhorns’ one loss. But the Wildcats are now on a COVID-19 pause after positive tests in their program and may not play up to their next three games.
Baylor, the only remaining undefeated team in the Big 12 at 9-0, remained steady at No. 2, behind Gonzaga at No. 1. The Bears have been running behind the Bulldogs throughout the season in polls and power rankings throughout the game.
The Jayhawks took a big fall in Norlander’s view, despite the fact that the Jayhawks’ two losses are to Top 10 teams — Gonzaga and Texas.
Between No. 4 Texas and No. 10 Kansas were Michigan (No. 5), Tennessee (No. 6), Houston (No. 7), Iowa (No. 8) and Wisconsin (No. 9).
No other Big 12 teams were in the Hey Nineteen rankings this week, as West Virginia fell out of the rankings. The remainder of the rankings included No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 Minnesota, No. 13 Rutgers, No. 14 Virginia Tech, No. 15 Drake, No. 16 Missouri, No. 17 Creighton, No. 18 BYU and No. 19 Oregon.
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