Six of the Big 12's ten teams are ranked in the AP Top 25 this week. That's 60% of the conference! Insane.
Big wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State catapulted the Jayhawks to the Big 12's highest ranked team. To say Kansas has been impressive as of late is an understatement. (Even if they are playing with a little more court than everyone else.)
#11 Oklahoma State
The Pokes slipped only two spots from last week's poll after the loss at KU on Saturday. The blowout win over TCU earlier in the week, and terrific second half against Kansas kept the Cowboys from sliding too far.
OSU will get a little bit of rest before looking to rebound against West Virginia this Saturday. The rest comes at a good time as Marcus Smart and company continue to adjust to the loss of Cobbins, especially with Bedlam looming just around the corner.
#16 Iowa State
What a difference a week makes, and if your an Iowa State fan it's a week you would rather forget. Last week the Cyclones were the highest ranked Big 12 team in the AP Poll. This week they tumbled eight spots after extending their losing streak with losses to Kansas and Texas. The good news is they should be able to stop the free fall as the schedule gets a little easier for the next couple of weeks.
#22 Kansas State
The AP Poll welcomes the Wildcats back to the party following wins over Oklahoma and West Virginia.
After three straight loses the Bears are hanging onto the Top 25 by a hair. I expect them to get back in the win column with upcoming games against WVU and Texas before coming into Gallagher-Iba Arena on February 1st.
For the second week in a row OU comes in at #25. After the loss to Kansas State it didn't look like the Sooners would be back, but an upset over Baylor saw to their return. OU will look to ride that momentum this week with games against TCU and Texas Tech. Wins there would setup for a great Bedlam match-up on Monday.
AP TOP 25
|3||Michigan St. Spartans||17-1||1497|
|5||Wichita St. Shockers||19-0||1368|
|7||San Diego St. Aztecs||16-1||1211|
|11||Oklahoma St. Cowboys||15-3||971|
|16||Iowa St. Cyclones||14-3||644|
|17||Ohio St. Buckeyes||15-3||549|
|18||Duke Blue Devils||14-4||447|
|19||Saint Louis Billikens||17-2||421|
|22||Kansas St. Wildcats||14-4||221|