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Big 12 Men’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 13

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The Big 12 men’s basketball season is now 13 weeks old and these power rankings just keep seeing all sorts of movement, thanks to action last week.

We have a new No. 1 after a chaotic week in the conference. But, then again, isn’t every week in this conference chaotic?


After 13 weeks, we present our latest Big 12 men’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season as many teams hit the mid-point of Big 12 play.

Tier One

1. Kansas (18-4, 6-3) – Last Week — 4

2. Houston (19-3, 6-3) – Last Week — 1

3. Iowa State (16-5, 5-3) – Last Week — 3

It was logical to move Kansas to No. 1. The Jayhawks beat last week’s No. 1, Houston. Iowa State lost to Baylor in its only game of the week. Texas Tech was on this tier but after losing two games the Red Raiders had to fall.

The Jayhawks were incredible against Houston. They shot 69% from the floor. It was a statement game. It’s clear that Bill Self has found his starting five. Now it’s about cultivating some depth.

Houston doesn’t fall far. Going into Allen Fieldhouse and losing is not worth dropping them too far. Remember — the Cougars beat Texas in overtime on the road on Monday. That also seems like ages ago.

The debate was whether ISU should stay on the first tier. Ultimately, the Cyclones only played one game this week and it was a two-point loss to Baylor on the road that it nearly won. For now, the Cyclones hold steady.


Tier Two

4. Baylor (16-5, 5-3) – Last Week — 9

5. TCU (16-6, 5-4) – Last Week — 5

6. Texas Tech (16-5, 5-3) – Last Week — 2

7. Texas (15-7, 4-5) – Last Week — 7

8. BYU (16-5, 4-4) – Last Week — 10

9. Oklahoma (16-6, 4-5) – Last Week — 8

10. Cincinnati (15-7, 4-5) – Last Week — 11

11. UCF (13-8, 4-5) – Last Week — 12

I’ve never had so much trouble ranking the ‘mushy middle’ of this conference in seven years covering it. It’s glorified chaos. Two teams on this tier are on two-game winning streaks — Baylor (UCF, Iowa State) and BYU (Texas, West Virginia).

The Bears are crawling back into this after losing three straight games. TCU could have had a 2-0 week but couldn’t figure out how to slow down Texas late. The Longhorns beat the Horned Frogs but fell to Houston in overtime earlier in the week. The Red Raiders? Well, they fell to earth and lost both games, with the second at home against Cincinnati being a real gut punch. OU dropped with the loss to UCF.


Frankly, Cincinnati should have gone 2-0 last week. But, the win over a Top 15 team on the road moves them up a tier. For UCF, it moves up on the strength of its second win over a ranked team at home in Big 12 play. In fact, all four of UCF’s wins are against legacy Big 12 teams. The Knights have yet to beat one of their fellow newbies.

Tier Three

12. Oklahoma State (10-12, 2-7) – Last Week — 13

13. West Virginia (8-14, 3-6) – Last Week — 14

14. Kansas State (14-8, 4-5) – Last Week — 6

Kansas State had to fall. The Wildcats have lost four straight games and head coach Jerome Tang is now comparing their season to the movie “Die Hard.” They’re in a rut and they get Kansas on Monday. There are no breaks in this conference.

Oklahoma State gets a nudge after beating K-State at home. WVU gets a nudge after beating Cincinnati at home at mid-week. Unlike Kansas State, the Mountaineers have won a game in the past week.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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