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Big 12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 4

The Big 12 men’s basketball season is now a month old and the separation between the top and the bottom of the league grows as the winter break nears.

But, at the top, there is relative stability after a week in which the ranked teams came to play.

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

 

Tier One

1. Baylor (8-0) – Last Week — 1

2. Houston (8-0) – Last Week — 2

3. Kansas (7-0) – Last Week — 3

4. BYU (7-0) – Last Week — 5

5. Texas (6-1) – Last Week — 4

No one in the Top 3 budged here. Baylor kept cruising and its starting lineup looks like it’s in midseason form. That’s really crazy to think about when you consider that two of those players are freshmen — Ja’Kobe Walter and Yves Missi. Both are playing like they’ll be in the NBA this time next year.

Houston (vs. Xavier) and Kansas (vs. UConn) both scored huge wins during the Big 12-Big EAST Battle, which entering this week is tied at 3-3. If you’re surprised that Houston is ranked this high, don’t be. They were the one team of the four newbies that were equipped to compete right away.

 

BYU slides up a spot as it remains undefeated and dominated a game Fresno State team. When evaluating the Cougars with Texas, the schedules are similar, and BYU has a ranked win and Texas doesn’t. But this is a big week coming. Texas is at Marquette — which beat Kansas a couple of weeks ago — and BYU faces Utah.

Tier Two

6. Oklahoma (7-0) – Last Week — 6

7. TCU (7-0) – Last Week — 7

8. Cincinnati (7-0) – Last Week — 8

9. Iowa State (6-2) – Last Week — 10

10. Texas Tech (5-2) – Last Week — 9

11. Kansas State (6-2) – Last Week — 11

No reason to adjust the Top 3 on this tier, though TCU had to escape (and get a break from replay) to beat Georgetown (Ed Cooley is going to get the Hoyas turned around quick).

Iowa State nudges up a bit after its dominating win over DePaul, and while Texas Tech does drop one spot after its loss to Butler, I didn’t want to drop them too much because it was an overtime loss and I think Texas Tech is continuing to prove it’s going to be a pest in Big 12 play.

 

As for Kansas State, nearly losing to North Alabama at home is proof that they’re not quite there yet. Props to the Wildcats for pulling that win out. But the Wildcats may not move up far until they get Nae’Qwan Tomlin back.

Tier 3

12. UCF (5-2) – Last Week — 14

13. Oklahoma State (3-4) – Last Week — 12

14. West Virginia (3-4) – Last Week — 13

This week was pretty simple for the last tier. UCF won its games. Oklahoma State and West Virginia did not. Granted, they played Big EAST teams and UCF did not. But the Cowboys and the Mountaineers are under .500 for the season and we’re past the early point of the year where you can value a team differently. When you’re under .500, that’s who you are until you prove otherwise.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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