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2020-21 Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Week 2

Kansas is on the rise while Texas drops and K-State stoops to a new low.

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There are not a whole lot of big changes in this week’s power rankings but thanks to a multi-generational bad loss by K-State, they did cement their spot at the bottom of the conference for the foreseeable future while a solid week from Kansas moved them up to number two. This was not a fun week to write the power rankings. Enjoy.

1. No. 2 Baylor (5-0)

We possibly were robbed of the game of the season so far when Baylor’s game versus No. 1 Gonzaga got Covid-ed. Even without that though, I still believe that the Bears’ are the class of the conference. UP NEXT: Sunday vs No. 13 Texas

2. No. 5 Kansas (5-1)

The Jayhawks move up after a real character building home win versus No. 8 Creighton and for maybe the first time this season, KU showed that they, once again, will very much be in the hunt for this year’s Big 12 title. UP NEXT: Friday vs Nebraska-Omaha

3. No. 11 West Virginia (3-1)

The Mountaineers had a nice bounce-back win on the road at Georgetown for the Big East-Big 12 Battle. West Virginia will have one last test versus a ranked Richmond squad before Big 12 play begins. UP NEXT: Sunday at No. 19 Richmond

4. No. 13 Texas (5-1)

Between losing to Villanova and letting an okay Texas State team hang around on their home floor for most of the game, it hasn’t been the best week in the world for the Longhorns. Things get real fast though because conference play begins in just three days for Shaka Smart’s team and they’re taking on Baylor. UP NEXT: Sunday vs No. 2 Baylor

5. Oklahoma State (5-0)

The Pokes just keep on winning. Granted, none of the wins are particularly special or important but you can only play who’s on your schedule and so far and Oklahoma State has found a way to remain perfect. OSU will make the short trip up to Wichita on Saturday to take on a middling Shocker squad so the jury is still out but up to this point, I’m impressed. UP NEXT: Saturday at Wichita State

6. No. 17 Texas Tech (5-1)

The Red Raiders have run up a couple of wins since their lone loss versus Houston but they struggled at home versus Abilene Christian Wednesday night, only winning by six. In this league, that’s just not going to cut it if you want to stay in the top half. UP NEXT: Saturday vs Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

7. Oklahoma (2-1)

The good news is that Sooners won the first Big 12 game of the season this week by beating TCU. The bad news is they then went on to get slapped around by Xavier on Wednesday night. Granted the Musketeers are undefeated and well on their way to enter the top 25 but a 20-point blow out is rough. UP NEXT: Saturday vs Florida A&M

8. TCU (4-2)

The Horned Frogs were the last Big 12 loss of the 2019-2020 season and became the first Big 12 loss of the 2020-21 season after falling to Oklahoma. Add in their nine-point loss to Providence on Wednesday. TCU is moving the wrong direction early on this season. UP NEXT: Saturday vs Texas A&M.

9. Iowa State (1-1)

The Clones have not had any action all week thanks to COVID cancelations which probably isn’t great for them considering the buzz saw that they’re walking into. ISU will face Luka Garza and No. 3 Iowa tomorrow and after the Hawkeyes easily handled North Carolina, Steve Prohm is going to need a miracle to avoid a rather ugly rivalry blowout. UP NEXT: Friday vs No. 3 Iowa

10. Kansas State (1-4)

I got nothing for ya’ll. Absolutely nothing. UP NEXT: Friday vs Milwaukee