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Big 12 Women’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 4

Vic Schaefer.

The Big 12 women’s basketball season is now four weeks old and the separation — and the solidification at the top — continues entering December.

The league had some great opportunities to solidify its reputation nationally and it took advantage of most of them.

Below we present our fourth Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season.  

 

Tier One

1. Texas (9-0) – Last Week — 1

2. Baylor (7-0) – Last Week — 3

3. Kansas State (7-1) – Last Week — 2

4. Oklahoma (6-2) – Last Week — 4

Texas took firm hold of the top spot with its win over UConn on Sunday. Baylor took firm hold of No. 2 after its win over Oregon on Sunday.

Kansas State has to move down a spot, but I don’t think they’re far behind Baylor or Texas. As for Oklahoma, they remain on this tier but the Sooners’ next two games are key to keeping them there. UNLV will be a tough out. Then it’s off to Charlotte to face North Carolina.

 

Tier Two

5. TCU (8-0) – Last Week — 5

6. West Virginia (7-0) – Last Week — 6

7. Texas Tech (9-0) – Last Week — 8

8. UCF (7-0) – Last Week — 9

9. BYU (6-2) – Last Week — 7

10. Houston (5-1) – Last Week — 10

Of the four undefeated teams on this tier I have the most questions about UCF, which beat Campbell on Sunday but only scored 44 points. That may be an aberration, but that sort of output against a mid-major team is worrisome.

BYU dropped a pair of games last week,  but you have to give the Cougars credit for their schedule to this point. Even with the two losses I’m keeping them ahead of Houston because BYU is challenging itself against quality opponents. BYU has played two Power 6 teams. Houston hasn’t even played one. That starts to matter at this point in the non-conference slate.

 

Tier Three

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

12. Cincinnati (4-3) – Last Week — 13

13. Iowa State (4-3) – Last Week — 14

14. Kansas (3-4) – Last Week — 11

At this point, you are what your record says you are. Right now, Kansas is the league’s worst team. I expect that will turn around because all four of their losses are to high-major teams. But, it also makes me worry about Big 12 play.

As for the teams above them, they won and move up. But they remain on Tier 3. I worry about Oklahoma State with the loss of Chandler Prater. We’ll see if their depth holds up.

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You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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