Big 12 Rankings thru games on January 19th: (last week's ranking in parentheses)
The Jayhawks are starting to build up their patented head of steam in conference. They destroyed the Cowboys and then took out the in-state rival Wildcats. After a trip to Colorado, the #1-ranked Arizona Wildcats come to Lawrence for a potentially great showdown.
2. Oklahoma St. (3): 14-1, 3-0; beat Oklahoma and Missouri
Okie State is for real! They outlasted Oklahoma in a tremendous Bedlam Series battle, although Victor Williams' game-winner probably did not beat the shot clock. Then, they followed that up with a dismantling of Missouri. A tough game in Lubbock is on the horizon.
3. Oklahoma (2): 11-3, 2-1; lost to Oklahoma St. then beat Iowa St.
OU suffered a heartbreaker in Stillwater on Big Monday, but then rebounded to beat Iowa St. in Hilton Coliseum. Another test on ESPN this week with the Techsters coming to Norman for a showdown. It should be a great game just like last week's OU/OSU tilt.
Rick Barnes' Boys are quietly regaining their form from the beginning of the year. They destroyed the Aggies at home and look to continue to roll through their Big 12 schedule this week. They just have one game, on Saturday, at home against a reeling Missouri team. If the Sooners slip up again, Texas will very likely be moving up!
5. Texas Tech (7): 11-2, 1-1; beat Baylor
Tech used their week of practice to easily dispatch Baylor and look ahead to what may be the defining week of the season. It's Oklahoma Week for Bobby Knight's bunch with a game at OU and another at home against Oklahoma St. It won't be easy, but Andre Emmitt is good enough to lead his team over anybody.
6. Missouri (4): 10-3, 1-1; lost to Syracuse and Oklahoma St.
This team is in a tailspin right now. On top of two losses, one being really ugly against OSU, the Tigers had to suspend talented guard Ricky Clemmons for allegedly raping and assaulting a woman. It is unclear how long he will be out, but without him Arthur Johnson and Ricky Paulding need to step up big time. This week, a winnable game against Iowa St. is followed by a very difficult game in Austin, Texas against the Longhorns.
7. Kansas State (6): 10-6, 1-2; lost to Colorado and Kansas
The Wildcats may have felt a little out of place in the sixth spot of the rankings last week and it could have lead to their road losses to the Buffs and Jayhawks. Then again, maybe the Texas Tech win just was a huge fluke and K-State will be working its way back down the rankings the rest of the season. A better gauge on this team will be had after Nebraska visits before a trip to Aggieland this week.
8. Colorado. (9): 11-5, 1-2; beat Kansas St. then lost to Nebraska
The Buffs move up one spot with Baylor losing twice. The loss at Nebraska was a tough one since road games are tough to win anywhere and CU missed their free throws in trying to steal one. Only one game this week, but it is a doozy!!! Kansas comes to Boulder, but don't notch a win for the Jayhawks just yet. David Harrison might do some damage to KU's frontcourt and Colorado always plays Kansas tough at home.
9. Texas A&M (10): 9-5, 1-2; beat Nebraska then lost to Texas
Any road win in the Big 12 is a great win and the Aggies notched one of those in Lincoln this week, but came out flat against Texas and were taken behind the woodshed by the Longhorns. This team continues to show promise with Antoine Wright leading the squad in scoring. Only one game this week and it's about as winnable as it gets in the conference. Kansas State comes to College Station for a Saturday meeting.
10. Baylor (8): 9-5, 0-3; lost to Texas and Texas Tech
Another tough week for the Bears. A rough schedule had them traveling to Lubbock after a home game with Texas. The schedulers hate Baylor I guess because it does not get any easier with home games against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Have fun with that Dave Bliss!!
11. Nebraska (12): 9-7, 1-2; lost to Texas A&M then beat Colorado
A horrible loss at home to the Aggies was followed up by an excellent win over Colorado. The loss of Jake Muhleisen makes every game an uphill battle for the young Huskers, but Nate Johnson and Andrew Drevo are talented enough to steal a few by themselves. If Nebraska is going to win a true road game this year, it might come this week. Games at Kansas State and Iowa State are potential wins if everything goes right.
12. Iowa St. (11): 10-4, 0-3; lost to Oklahoma
The Cyclones showed some heart against the Sooners, but still lost by ten at home. The JUCO transfers have not panned out for Larry Eustachy so far and he looks like he will very angry in those mock turtlenecks for the rest of the season. One more rough game at Mizzou concludes a ridiculous opening slate and is followed by as likely a win as can be expected: Nebraska at home. If the Cyclones don't win this week, then 0-16 might be reachable although still highly unlikely.