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Big 12 Women’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 13

The Big 12 women’s basketball season is now 13 weeks old and after nine games of league play the movement continues in our power rankings.

There was movement at the top, as we have a new No. 1 team and one team moved up a tier as it tries to play its way back into contention for March Madness.

 

Below we present our 13th Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season as we pass the midpoint of league action.

Tier One

1. Oklahoma (15-6, 9-1) – Last Week — 2

2. Texas (21-3, 8-3) – Last Week — 3

3. Kansas State (20-3, 9-2) – Last Week — 1

Give it up to Oklahoma. When the Sooners entered Big 12 play they actually had one of the worst records among Big 12 teams in non-conference. But, that rigorous schedule prepared them for league action. OU’s only loss is to Kansas State, when it had Ayoka Lee. The Sooners rectified that last week, though they did so against a KSU team without Lee. But, with that win, another over Oklahoma State on Saturday and Texas’ win over KSU on Sunday, there was no choice but to move the Sooners up to No. 1. It helps that they’re playing the best basketball in the league by just a smidge right now.

Texas moves up to No. 2 with the win over Kansas State and the Wildcats slide to No. 3. I’m keeping the Wildcats on the top tier for now. The good news for Kansas State is that Lee is making progress from her injury and an on-time return for the All-America center is still expected.

Tier Two

4. West Virginia (19-2, 8-2) – Last Week — 5

5. Baylor (17-4, 6-4) – Last Week — 4

 

A slight flip here as WVU went 2-0 for the week and Baylor went 1-1, albeit the Bears lost to a ranked team. But WVU is on a run, having won six straight, and I’m not sure there’s a better full-court pressure defensive team in the league than the Mountaineers.

As for Baylor, this is a big week if it wants to play its way into one of the Top 4 seeds in Kansas City. The Bears need to beat BYU in Provo and then host West Virginia on Saturday. A 2-0 week would set them up well.

Tier Three

6. Texas Tech (16-7, 5-5) – Last Week — 6

7. Iowa State (13-8, 7-4) – Last Week — 7

8. Kansas (12-10, 5-6) – Last Week — 8

Kansas moves up a tier after winning both games last week. The Jayhawks are starting to play like themselves again and center Taiyanna Jackson has had some monster games the past couple of weeks. I’m not sure there is enough runway left for the Jayhawks to make an NCAA Tournament run. Kansas would probably need a good run in Kansas City to pull that off. But this tier is for teams that have designs on making the tournament, and while the Jayhawks have an really outside chance, the Cyclones and Lady Raiders are true bubble teams, depending on how the next few weeks go for each of them. The problem is both are coming off a loss on Saturday and they need some help to solidify their cases.

Tier Four

9. Cincinnati (11-10, 3-7) – Last Week — 12

 

10. UCF (11-9, 2-8) – Last Week — 14

11. Houston (12-10, 3-8) – Last Week — 13

12. TCU (15-6, 2-8) – Last Week — 10

13. Oklahoma State (11-11, 4-7) – Last Week — 9

14. BYU (12-11, 2-8) – Last Week — 11

For these teams, the hope is that their record and their NET rating are enough to get them into the WNIT. All of them can make a case. TCU has lost eight of its last nine (including two forfeits), Oklahoma State has lost five straight and BYU has lost three straight. Right now, the other three league newbies are playing better basketball.   

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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