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Baylor holds firm, Kansas plummets in AP Top 25

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. 25, while the Kansas Jayhawks took a serious tumble.

Baylor (14-0, 7-0 Big 12) remained undefeated for the season with wins over Kansas on Monday and Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Bears face Kansas State on Wednesday and then play Auburn in the Big 12-SEC Challenge game on Saturday.

The Big 12 has also rescheduled the Bears’ game with West Virginia for Feb. 18.

Texas (11-2, 5-1) didn’t play last week after its games with Iowa State and TCU were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols with the Cyclones and the Horned Frogs. That included TCU head coach Jamie Dixon testing positive for COVID-19. But the Longhorns remained No. 5 in the country, even without playing a game.

Texas is set to play Oklahoma on Tuesday and then travel to Kentucky to face the Wildcats on Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. But it’s unclear what the Longhorns will do now that Texas head coach Shaka Smart has tested positive for COVID-19.

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Kansas (10-5, 4-4) had a hard week, falling to Baylor in a Big Monday affair in Waco, Texas, and then losing to Oklahoma, 75-68. With the loss, Kansas lost three games in a row for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

And with the 0-2 week the Jayhawks dropped from No. 9 to No. 15 in this week’s poll.

Texas Tech (11-4, 4-3) did not play due to COVID-19 pauses at TCU and Iowa State. With that, the Red Raiders moved up to No. 10 in the poll. Texas Tech is slated to face West Virginia on Monday and then face LSU in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday.

West Virginia (10-4, 3-3) finally ended its COVID-19 pause and played Kansas State on Saturday, winning, 69-47. That helped the Mountaineers move to No. 11 in this week’s poll, after setting at No. 14 last week.

The Mountaineers are slated to face Texas Tech on Monday and host Florida on Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

Oklahoma (9-4, 5-3) had a big week, defeating Kansas State, 76-50, and then upsetting Kansas, 75-68, on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma. With the win the Sooners went from not receiving any votes last week being ranked No. 24 in the country. The Sooners are slated to face Texas on Tuesday and then Alabama in the Big 12-SEC Challenge on Saturday.

Oklahoma State (9-4, 3-4) remained on the outside looking in, receiving 49 votes after receiving 119 votes last week. Oklahoma State’s only game of last week was an 81-66 loss to Baylor. This week the Cowboys face Iowa State on Monday and then face Arkansas on Saturday in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.

 

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

Monday, Jan. 25

Texas Tech at West Virginia, 8 p.m., ESPN

Oklahoma State at Iowa State, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Tuesday, Jan. 26

Oklahoma at Texas, 6 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, Jan. 27

Kansas State at Baylor, 8 p.m., TV TBD

Thursday, Jan. 28

TCU at Kansas, 7 p.m., TV TBD

Saturday, Jan. 30

Auburn at Baylor, Time and TV TBD

Florida at West Virginia, Time and TV TBD

Alabama at Oklahoma, 11 a.m., ESPN2

Texas A&M at Kansas State, 11 a.m., ESPNU

Texas Tech at LSU, 1 pm., TV TBD

TCU at Missouri, 1 p.m., ESPNU

Arkansas at Oklahoma State, 3 p.m., TV TBA

Kansas at Tennessee, 5 p.m., ESPN

Iowa State at Mississippi State, 5 p.m., ESPN2

Texas at Kentucky, 7 p.m., ESPN

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