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2020-21 Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Week 6

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Texas Tech is on their way up while KU continues to fall.

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1. No. 2 Baylor (11-0, 4-0)

The Bears got the week off thanks to West Virginia’s Covid surge but they’ll be back in action this weekend to take on Texas Tech. Surely someone will beat Baylor. Surely they’ll let their guard down once, right? Right???? NEXT UP: Saturday at Texas Tech.

2. No. 15 Texas Tech (11-3, 4-2)

Tech scored a resume win on the road at Texas last night. Don’t discount Chris Beard. The Raiders are gutsy and tough and followed up losing a five-star recruit to the transfer portal by beating a top-five team in the country. That toughness is about to be tested once again as Baylor is headed to town. NEXT UP: Saturday vs Baylor.

3. No. 4 Texas (10-2, 4-1)

After several close calls during conference play so far, the Horns finally got, got. Credit to Texas Tech, that clutch McClung three to take the lead with two seconds to play was phenomenal. I’m not selling my stock in the Horns though. They're still going to be a giant obstacle for anyone. NEXT UP: Saturday vs K-State.

4. No. 6 Kansas (10-3, 4-2)

Losing to Oklahoma State and barely beating Oklahoma does not amount to a good week for the Jayhawks. Having said that, it’s not like they’re in a bad place. KU fans are starting to cede the conference title to Baylor already while, yes, that’s starting to look like a foregone conclusion, there’s still a lot of games yet to play. NEXT UP: Saturday vs Iowa State.

5. Oklahoma State (9-3, 3-3)

Bill Self loves Stillwater, Oklahoma and Stillwater still loves them some Billy. The Cowboys took down the Jayhawks at home in semiannual fashion after not struggling too much with K-State last weekend. On any given night, OSU can look like a top 10 team and a conference contender and on others, look pretty average. Bedlam awaits. NEXT UP: Saturday vs Oklahoma.

6. Oklahoma (7-4, 3-3)

Bedlam is going to decide a lot about the middle of the conference. Oklahoma has been fairly middling but their dominant beatdown of TCU suggests bigger things are coming. OSU is red-hot and brimming with confidence. Should be one to watch. NEXT UP: Saturday at Oklahoma State.

7. No. 14 West Virginia (9-4, 2-3)

West Virginia is the other Big 12 team caught in a Covid loop. They’ve had three-straight games postponed so far and won’t be back in action until a week from Saturday at the earliest. NEXT UP: Unsure.

8. TCU (9-5, 2-4)

With the craziness of college basketball during a pandemic and the strength of the Big 12, it’s tough to call any loss a bad loss but TCU getting whacked by 36 at Oklahoma last weekend I think would fall in that category. The Frogs have shown some really good things this year but they need a confidence builder. Unfortunately, matchups with Tech, UT and KU are on the horizon so that may not be in the cards. NEXT UP: Wednesday vs Texas Tech.

9. Iowa State (2-7, 0-5)

I showered Iowa State with praise last week and they went and got absolutely clowned by Texas Tech at home. The Clones have shown that they can compete with almost any team in the conference but they are still the only winless team in the Big 12. Really, if K-State had lost either of its last two games by less than double-digits, Iowa State would be tenth but I still think the Clones can surprise someone. NEXT UP: Saturday at Kansas.

10. Kansas State (5-8, 1-4)

Things are on pause for the Cats currently as injuries and Covid have pushed them under the six-scholarship player threshold that the Big 12 requires for competition. Wednesday’s game versus Iowa State was postponed and while Bruce seemed somewhat confident that the team would be back on the floor this weekend to take on Texas, we still don’t know for sure if that will be possible. Until then, K-State needs to focus on getting healthy and refocusing on whenever they can get back onto the court. NEXT UP: Saturday at Texas.