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Iowa State Takes Top Spot in Latest Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings

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The Big 12 men’s basketball season is now 15 weeks old and we have a No. 1 vs. No. 2 power ranking matchup coming up on Big Monday on ESPN.

Iowa State and Houston, for now, are the only two teams on the top tier and they’ll try and settle things during their Big Monday matchup on ESPN at 8 p.m. After another crazy week in the Big 12, there was plenty of movement.

After 15 weeks, we present our latest Big 12 men’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season as all teams are now past the midpoint of Big 12 play.


Tier One

1. Iowa State (20-5, 9-3) – Last Week — 2

2. Houston (22-3, 9-3) – Last Week — 1

These are the best two teams in the league right now. It’s not just their record. It’s the way they’re playing. Invincible at home, over-.500 on the road, and two of the three best defenses in college basketball. On Monday, in Houston, one of them will lead the Big 12 outright.

The two teams are flipped this week because ISU beat Houston head-to-head earlier this year. The Cougars can avenge that on Monday. Or, Iowa State can install itself as the favorite to win the regular-season title with five games left.


Tier Two

3. Baylor (19-6, 8-4) – Last Week — 5

4. Texas Tech (18-7, 7-5) – Last Week — 6

5. Kansas (20-6, 8-5) – Last Week — 3

6. TCU (18-7, 7-5) – Last Week — 7

7. BYU (18-7, 6-6) – Last Week — 8

Baylor has surged back toward the top of the Big 12 standings and the power rankings. The Bears have won five of their last six games, with the only loss on the road to Kansas. Their move back to the 1-3-1 zone defense has made them better on both sides of the floor.

Texas Tech, in spite of its loss on Saturday to Iowa State, remains ahead of Kansas because of the Jayhawks’ awful performance against the Red Raiders on Monday. Kansas doesn’t get a bounce-back after beating OU — at least not yet.

TCU has won two straight and has more road wins than any other team in the conference. BYU had a weird week, surviving UCF at home and then falling to Oklahoma State on the road. But the Cougars are still a Tier 2 team for now.


Tier Three

8. Oklahoma (18-8, 6-7) – Last Week — 4

9. Texas (16-9, 5-7) – Last Week — 9

10. Cincinnati (16-9, 5-7) – Last Week — 10

Things are starting to catch up to Oklahoma. When the Sooners win, they tend to win big. When they lose, they tend to lose big. The fact that they can’t seem to keep games close, especially when they lose, is a bad omen for March.

Texas is Texas at this point — talented but inconsistent. The Longhorns’ tournament credentials will be entirely dependent upon what they do in the next few weeks.

Cincinnati is past the point of being the hard-luck team. The Bearcats need to win games. They did that on Saturday. But with 16 overall wins and a bubble-worthy tournament resume, the Bearcats need a big week ahead.

Tier Four

11. Oklahoma State (11-14, 3-9) – Last Week — 14

12. Kansas State (15-10, 5-7) – Last Week — 11

13. UCF (13-11, 4-8) – Last Week — 12

13. West Virginia (8-17, 3-9) – Last Week — 13

Oklahoma State dropped BYU on Saturday and did so with offense, scoring 90 or more points for just the third time this season. The Cowboys are the only team on this tier with a win this past week, so they move to the front of the line.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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