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Big 12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 3

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The Big 12 men’s basketball season is now three weeks old and the separation between the top and the bottom of the league is growing after the holiday tournaments.

After three weeks, we present our latest Big 12 men’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season.

Tier One

1. Baylor (6-0) – Last Week — 2

2. Houston (7-0) – Last Week — 3

 

3. Kansas (5-1) – Last Week — 1

4. Texas (5-1) – Last Week — 4

5. BYU (6-0) – Last Week — 5

Baylor moves up after an undefeated week and wins over two Power 6 teams at the NIT Tip-off.  That gives the Bears three wins over Power 6 teams, two of which are from the SEC. That’s just enough to outweigh Houston, which is undefeated and has played one more game. Right now, the Cougars only have one of those Power 6 wins, but more chances are coming in December.

Kansas drops to No. 3 after the loss to Marquette. KU is 2-1 against ranked teams so far this season. Texas took its first loss against defending national champion UConn on Monday. As both the Longhorns and the Jayhawks have a loss to a ranked team, there’s no need for them to drop from this tier.

BYU hops up after a week in Las Vegas in which it defeated Arizona State and NC State. The Cougars only have one win over a ranked team (San Diego State). But they could crash the AP Top 25 on Monday. If the Cougars don’t, they’ll be close.

Tier Two

6. Oklahoma (6-0) – Last Week — 10

 

7. TCU (5-0) – Last Week — 6

8. Cincinnati (5-0) – Last Week — 8

9. Texas Tech (5-1) – Last Week — 9

10. Iowa State (5-2) – Last Week — 7

11. Kansas State (4-2) – Last Week — 11

Oklahoma now has a ranked win over USC — a team that beat Kansas State in the opener. The Sooners also snagged a Power 6 win over Iowa. Compared to TCU’s and Cincinnati’s results to this point, the Sooners get a jump.

Tech stays ahead of Iowa State for now on the strength of its win over Michigan, combined with Iowa State’s losses to Virginia Tech and Texas A&M. The tests are going to keep coming for the Cyclones, with games against DePaul and Iowa ahead.

 

Kansas State moves off its own tier and onto the second tier, even though the Wildcats played just one game last week and, really, a blowout win over Central Arkansas doesn’t prove much. But that chance is coming in December with a run of games against Villanova, LSU and Nebraska. Perhaps the Wildcats will be full strength by then.

Tier 3

12. Oklahoma State (3-3) – Last Week — 14

13. West Virginia (3-3) – Last Week — 13

14. UCF (4-2) – Last Week — 12

OSU moved up and all the Cowboys had to do was blow out New Orleans and Houston Christian. But this was more about what WVU and UCF did. The Mountaineers dropped a pair to SMU and Virginia, the latter of which was ranked, before slipping by Bellarmine by four points. But UCF drops to the bottom after losing to Stetson, as the Hatters snapped a 20-game losing streak to UCF. That’s a game the Knights should have won.

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