NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released his latest Power 36, his Top 36 teams in NCAA Division I, and three Big 12 teams made his Top 10, which was released on Monday.
The Baylor Bears led the way for the Big 12 at No. 2, which is where they were in Katz’s rankings last week. Katz wrote that he believes this Top 3 teams — No. 1 Gonzaga, the Bears and No. 3 Villanova — are on their own tier. The team that fell of that tier was the Kansas Jayhawks, which lost to the Texas Longhorns on Saturday.
Texas improved two spots to No. 4 after that win. That meant that the Longhorns lead that second tier Katz believes exists between the Top 3 team and the other 33. The Jayhawks fell from No. 4 to No. 9.
While Baylor entered the rankings undefeated, the Longhorns and Jayhawks had three combined losses, and all of them were against teams in Katz’s Top 10. Texas lost to Villanova in December, while Kansas lost to Gonzaga in the season opener and then Texas.
From there, Oklahoma zoomed into the rankings at No. 25, after being unranked the previous week. The Sooners, of course, beat West Virginia last Saturday. Katz was giving them credit for the win and noting the Sooners would be a ‘pest’ in the Big 12.
West Virginia fell from No. 13 to No. 31, with Katz citing not just the loss to the Sooners, but also the loss of forward Oscar Tshiebwe. However, these rankings were released before the Mountaineers rallied from 19 points down to defeat Oklahoma State on Monday night.
For that matter, Oklahoma State moved into the Top 36 at No. 34, largely on the strength of its overtime win over Texas Tech last Saturday. So, of course, Katz wasn’t able to consider that the Cowboys lost to the Mountaineers on Monday.
Texas Tech fell out of the Power 36 after being ranked No. 27 the previous week.
Katz also noted that TCU was among the teams he considered for the Power 36.
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