Big 12 Rankings thru games on December 8th: (last week's ranking in parentheses)
1. Oklahoma (2): 4-1; beat Hartford.
An easy week for the Sooners who move up to the top spot after Texas lost. OU beat Hartford 92-52 and was led by Ebi Ere's career high 33 points. The Sooner backcourt might be one of the best in the nation with Ere and Hollis Price.
2. Texas (1): 5-1; beat George Washington, then lost to Notre Dame.
The Longhorns drop from the top position after running into an Irish buzzsaw. ND has beaten three ranked teams in a row with Texas being the last one. Texas is still one of the best teams in the country and should rebound well with a showdown at top-ranked Arizona this Saturday.
Mizzou just keeps on winning with an easy one over Sac St. 98-60 and then stepping up on the road in a tight 78-72 win over USC. Arthur Johnson had back-to-back double-doubles with had 24 points in each game. Jimmy McKinney, one of the Tigers touted freshmen, is averaging 9.5 points in just 19 minutes per game.
Jayhawk fans have to be a little nervous about this team right now. After losing twice last week, KU beat an overmatched CMSU team, but lost again at #7 Oregon by 6, 84-78. Things just are not clicking for this team yet and the lack of depth may prevent that from happening all year.
The Red Raiders have to move up a spot this week simply because they annihilated Nichols St., 107-35. Bobby Knight showed no mercy towards the Colonels as Tech set a school record for margin of victory.
6. Oklahoma St. (5): 5-1; beat Hartford and Northwestern St.
This was a ho-hum week for the Cowboys, who beat two cupcakes. Hartford did outscore OSU by two in their second half, so this team may not be sixth in conference, but a win is a win. Tony Allen has been a nice addition to this team.
7. Iowa St. (8): 5-0; beat Jackson St., Western Illinois, and Binghamton
Hey Cyclones!! Play somebody decent!! ISU only moves up because Colorado lost. This schedule does not allow me to really know how good this team might be, but real tests in Boston College and Iowa are due up this week.
8. Colorado. (7): 3-2; lost to Georgia, then beat UMKC
The Buffs, along with Baylor, are ripe for the jumping in the rankings. They are not playing very well right now, but a weak remaining non-conference schedule should give them a chance to improve.
9. Baylor (9): 4-1; beat SW Texas St., then lost to TCU
Ouch!! The Bears lost their first game last week to an average TCU squad. Baylor will not be really tested until Big 12 play, so enjoy the easy non-conference ride while it lasts Bears! This team will not be prepared when they play Missouri to start up the conference schedule.
A huge win over Minnesota on Sunday could propel this young team up the rankings in the coming weeks. After a tough loss against the Bulls in Tampa, the Huskers came out on fire against the Gophers and finished off the 17th-ranked team by 20, 80-60. Creighton looms in two weeks. The Bluejays are cruising right now.
The Aggies had a very solid win against the Vols sandwiched by much-too-close games against minor teams. Going to overtime with Prairie View is a step back in my opinion after the Tennessee win. That said, this team is much improved over last year and could pull a few more big wins before the season is done.
12. Kansas State (12): 2-4; beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff, then lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay
Whew it smells down here. They blewout Pine Bluff, but lost to a below average Green Bay team. This team is really bad and has about a zero chance of climbing out of the cellar.