We are a mere 27 days away from selection Sunday and most Big 12 teams know where they sit in regards to the tournament. As it stands now it looks like the Big 12 will get 5, maybe 6 teams tops in the Big Dance.
Oklahoma (25-1, 11-0) – Two wins last week gave Oklahoma their best conference start since 1985 and get a whole week off to get ready for games at Texas (Sat) and home for Kansas (Mon). The only team to run the table in Big 12 was the 2002 Kansas Jayhawks and the Sooners are good enough to join that company.
- Missouri (22-4, 9-2) – After weeks of sitting at number 3, the Tigers move up to the 2 spot with their huge Big Monday win over Kansas. Zaire Taylor made a name for himself last week and the Missouri fans showed their love for him. The Tigers get Oklahoma at home so they still have a decent shot at sharing the Big 12 title.
Kansas (20-5, 9-1) – The Jayhawks had a "tough" week by their standards when the not only dropped their first game but dropping it to their hated rival Missouri makes that first conference loss sting that much more. Kansas has two warm up games against Iowa St and Nebraska before their huge Big Monday match up in Norman next week.
Kansas St. (17-8, 6-5) – The Wildcats had their 6 game winning streak snapped by the Jayhawks on Saturday but they remain one of the hottest teams in the nation. K-State has 6 games left and they should win all but one of them and could very well finish with a 10-6 conference record.
Texas (17-7, 6-4) – Texas has won two in a row after their rough three game losing streak. The Longhorns have a pretty big game tonight at A&M before the even bigger home game on Saturday night on ESPN against Oklahoma. If Texas can somehow win both games this week they will be right back in the thick of the race for a top 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- Nebraska (15-8, 5-5) – Nebraska had their three game winning streak snapped in Missouri on Saturday but they were going to have a tough time winning that game anyway. The Huskers have a very manageable schedule left and could finish 8-8 in the conference, which I think most all Husker fans would have taken before the season.
Baylor (16-9, 4-7) – The Bears kept their very, very slim NCAA Tournament bid hopes alive with the win over Texas A&M over the weekend to give them their first win in almost a month. The Bears have five games remaining in their season and if they can sweep those and get to 9-7 in the conference, they could sneak in the tournament.
Texas A&M (17-8, 3-7) – The Aggies tournament bubble has burst with the loss to Baylor. The Aggies have lost 6 of 8 and they have no standout victories. They have yet to win a road game in conference and have only won 2 road games overall. The Aggies will be NIT bound unless they just pack it in the rest of the season.
Oklahoma St. (15-9, 4-6) – Travis Ford's first season in Stillwater has been a tough one. The fans in Stillwater have unrealistic expectations for their team and they just aren't that good. The Cowboys have the least impressive 15-9 record ever. They have beaten noone. The Cowboys need to win 4 of their last 6 to even think about getting an NIT bit.
Iowa St. (13-12, 2-8) – Iowa St. avenged their loss to Colorado by blowing the out last week. The Cyclones still aren't a great team but they play teams tough at Hilton. Iowa St. has a shot at maybe two more wins if they can get some more Hilton Magic.
- Texas Tech (12-13, 2-8) – Texas Tech hung tough with OU for about 10 minutes of the first half, but then the talent gap really started to show. Tech doesn't have the players to compete at a half level and are now an under .500 team for the first time since 2002.
- Colorado (9-15, 1-9) – The Buffs have struggled to get wins this year but they have been competitive. They took Texas to overtime, lost to Oklahoma and Kansas on the road by only 5 points each, they just can't seem to get over that hump against the lesser teams though.
Big Games this Week (very slow week):
- Big Monday: Texas at Texas A&M 8:00pm on ESPN
- Saturday: #2 Oklahoma at Texas 8:00pm on ESPN
So there you have, another week, another set of rankings. Do yours differ from mine?