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2020-21 Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings: Week 7

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It was a nearly bare Big 12 cupboard this past week as multiple teams dealt with multiple game postponements due to Covid-19. Hopefully, next week will be back to normal!

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1. No. 2 Baylor (13-0, 6-0)

Seriously, what else can I say about Baylor? KU and Tech gave them their first single-digit wins of the year after 11-straight double-digit wins to start the season. I refuse to believe that they’re going to go undefeated, the Big 12 is just too good and eventually, someone is going to pull it off. At least, that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself until undefeated Baylor and Gonzaga are playing each other in the National Championship. NEXT UP: Saturday at Oklahoma State.

2. No. 12 Texas Tech (11-4, 4-3)

In Baylor’s 13 wins, only two teams managed to finish the game without a double-digit loss to the Bears. Last week, KU was the second thanks to a bad-beat causing buzzer-beating three in a game that looked closer than it was and Texas Tech was the first earlier that week, losing by eight after having things tied up midway through the second half. Tech’s dangerous and will only continue to improve as the season goes on thanks to Chris Beard’s stellar coaching NEXT UP: Monday at West Virginia.

3. No. 5 Texas (11-2, 5-1)

Texas stays where they’re at after a solid win over K-State with both teams missing multiple starters. Two straight postponements after that gave the Horns a chance to get some players back and healthy before the renewal of the hardwood edition of the Red River Rivalry versus an equally hot Sooner Squad next week. NEXT UP: Tuesday vs Oklahoma.

4. No. 9 Kansas (10-4, 4-3)

No shame in losing to Baylor, a team that’s proved that they are the class of the conference by a mile. Things don’t get easier though as they travel to Norman on Saturday to face an Oklahoma team that is certainly motivated to get revenge after blowing a win at Allen Field House earlier this season. NEXT UP: Saturday at Oklahoma.

5. Oklahoma (8-4, 4-3)

The Sooners slide up a spot after being one of the few teams in the Big 12 to get in a game in this week thanks to Covid. Beating K-State isn’t impressive but their strong second-half effort was. They have a big opportunity this weekend to avenge their close loss to the Jayhawks from several weeks ago. NEXT UP: Saturday vs Kansas.

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

Cowboys slide down a spot thanks to a week off due to Covid-19. They’ll get back on the court on Saturday when they host Baylor. NEXT UP: Saturday vs Baylor.

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

The Mountaineers have had the week off after three straight games fell to postponement thanks to Covid. As of today, their game on Saturday versus K-State is still on. After a rocky start to conference play, Bob Huggins’ bunch needs to come out strong after this week off if they want to finish in the top half of the league. NEXT UP: Saturday at K-State.

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

No change for the Frogs this week as Covid has disrupted their last three games including their game versus Texas that was scheduled for Saturday. They won’t get a chance to take the court again until next Thursday. NEXT UP: Thursday at Kansas.

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

The ‘Clones haven’t played this week thanks to Covid. In fact, they’ve had four straight games postponed in a row. They remain one of the weirdest teams in the country. KenPom has them ranked as the 94th best team in the country while the NET has them at 204th. Quite a discrepancy. Their nine games played this season is the least among all Big 12 teams. They’ll get another shot at getting back on the court next week versus Okie Lite. NEXT UP: Monday vs Oklahoma State.

10. Kansas State (5-10, 1-6)

Do you guys miss the pause in play due to Covid? I miss the pause. Nijel Pack should be returning soon and hopefully, that will mean improved play. Until then.... this is not fun. NEXT UP: Saturday vs West Virginia.