Big 12 Rankings thru games on December 1st: (preseason ranking in parentheses)
The Longhorns are now the team to beat in the Big 12 after beating a very good Georgia team and then easily handling the three other games on their schedule. T.J. Ford is simply amazing and remember the name Deginald Erskin. He had 24 points against the Hall and has exceptional athletic abilities.
The Sooners came out flat in their first game against the highly-ranked Crimson Tide and lost because of that poor first-half effort. OU has rebounded against some cupcakes, but looked pretty good doing it. Kelvin Sampson will have this team running on all cylinders when Big 12 play begins.
3. Missouri (4): 2-0; beat American and Austin Peay
The Tigers have come out strong against weak opponents, but this team could compete for the Big 12 title when the tough competition begins. Ricky Paulding and Arthur Johnson have looked very good and JUCO star Rickey Clemmons is the point guard that Mizzou has been missing for so many years.
The Jayhawks looked great in their first two games, but then looked average at best in their two games in New York at the Preseason NIT Final Four. Their lack of depth, as well as a surprising lack of ball control, showed up in the two losses. KU should get back on track, but this team may not be as good as previously thought.
The Cowboys suffered a tough loss to the eventual champion Charleston Cougars in the Great Alaska Shootout, but turned around and beat a ranked, but reeling Michigan State team. Victor and Andre Williams and Ivan McFarlin will lead this team as far as their talent can take them.
The Red Raiders have beaten who they are supposed to beat and that is about it. These games have given Bobby Knight extra time to make some badly written, but hilarious commercials for Lubbock-area businesses!
David Harrison is a beast for the Buffs and recorded a triple-double against the Stetson Hatters with 31 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Harrison, Stephane Pelle, and Blair Wilson make up a pretty good frontcourt that could do some damage in the Big 12.
8. Iowa St. (8): 2-0; beat Coe College and Mercer
Who made this schedule?!?! Coe is a Division III team who actually gave the Cyclones a little bit of a challenge, but were simply too small to even think of an upset. JUCO transfer Jackson Vroman and Jake Sullivan have led this team so far and will continue to do so the rest of the year.
Who made this schedule?!?! Part 2. The Bears have taken the creampuff non-conference schedule approach the last few years and this year is no exception. They would be 2-1 if not for a 30-foot buzzer beater to beat Houston by 2 points.
10. Nebraska (6): 2-2; beat Centenary, lost to Alaska-Fairbanks and Ball St., then beat UTSA
A tough start for the Huskers in the Top of the World Classic where they lost to host school and eventual champion Alaska-Fairbanks and the MAC favorite Ball St. UAF is a Division II team, so that loss really hurts and Nebraska blew a big lead against the Cardinals in the second half. Better times are ahead for the Big Red.
The Aggies actually came up with a pretty big win over the Tigers of LSU and battled Miami, but this team is still too young to do much in the Big 12. If some other teams slip up though, the Aggies will be looking to climb up the rankings.
The Wildcats are making themselves comfy at the bottom of the Big 12 and do not appear to be improving any time soon. Northwestern is a very bad team and the Michigan win only shows how bad Michigan is this year. At least you have football K-State.