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AP Top 25 Basketball Poll: Baylor Bears remain No. 2

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech

The Baylor Bears remained in their No. 2 perch in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Men’s Basketball poll, released Jan. 18.

Baylor (12-0, 5-0 Big 12) played just one game last week, as the Bears defeated Texas Tech, 68-60, on Saturday. The Bears’ other game with West Virginia was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. The Big 12 has several games to reschedule now due to COVID-19, after Texas and Iowa State postponed Wednesday’s game.

Baylor hosts Kansas on Monday, the biggest game in Big 12 action to this point.


Texas (11-2, 5-1) fell just one spot, from No. 4 last week to No. 5 this week. The Longhorns played both games last week and suffered their first Big 12 loss, as they lost to Texas Tech, 79-77. Texas bounced back with a win over Kansas State, 82-67, on Saturday, but three Longhorns did not play due to COVID-19 protocols — Greg Brown, Kai Jones and Brock Cunningham. Head coach Shaka Smart confirmed that after the game. Texas and Iowa State postponed their game the next day.

READ MORE: HCS Men’s Basketball Starting Lineup for Jan. 17

READ MORE: HCS Big 12 Power Rankings for Jan. 18

Kansas (10-3, 4-2) fell from No. 6 last week to No. 9 this week, based on its 75-70 loss to Oklahoma State. Kansas rallied from 16 down to take the lead, but ultimately lost the game. The Jayhawks did not play on Saturday against Iowa State due to the Cyclones’ COVID-19 pause. Kansas plays Baylor on Monday night.   

Texas Tech (11-4, 4-3) rose three spots from No. 15 last week to No. 12 this week, after going 1-1 last week against a pair of Top 5 teams. The Red Raiders handed Texas its first Big 12 loss on Wednesday, while falling to Baylor on Saturday. By beating Texas, the Red Raiders recorded a ‘signature win,’ their first win over a Top 25 team this season.

West Virginia (9-4, 2-3) was on a COVID-19 pause all week and did not play. Even at that, the Mountaineers fell one spot from No. 13 last week to No. 14 this week. The Mountaineers won’t play until at least Saturday when they’re expected to face Kansas State.

Oklahoma State (9-3, 3-3) received 119 votes, up from the 28 votes it received last week. The Cowboys defeated Kansas, 75-70, last Tuesday. The Cowboys remain outside the Top 25.


This Week’s Big 12 Schedule (all times local)

Monday, Jan. 18

Kansas at Baylor, 8 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Kansas State at Oklahoma, 5:30 p.m., FOX Oklahoma

Oklahoma State at West Virginia, postponed (COVID-19)

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Texas Tech at TCU, 7 p.m., Big 12 Now

Texas at Iowa State, postponed (COVID-19)

Saturday, Jan. 23

West Virginia at Kansas State, time TBD, TV TBD

Iowa State at Texas Tech, time TBD, TV TBD

Kansas at Oklahoma, 11 a.m., TV TBD

Baylor at Oklahoma State, 1 p.m., TV TBD

Texas at TCU, 5 p.m., ESPN2

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