Big 12 Rankings thru games on February 9th: (last week's ranking in parentheses)
Roy Williams is not happy with Jeff Graves and Aaron Miles right now, but it has not slowed down the Jayhawk Train. They fended off a pesky Mizzou team on another outstanding Big Monday and then ran away from in-state rival Kansas State in the second half. A potential scare comes in a trip to Baylor, but KU should come out of that game with a win and then dismantle Iowa State again just like the blowout in their Big 12 opener.
2. Oklahoma (4): 16-3, 7-1; beat Baylor
The Sooners are an entirely different team at home. They have the nation's longest home winning streak and added to that with their absolutely huge blowout of Baylor. The Bears came in and just got spanked, 91-42. Another great Big Monday matchup features OU visiting Austin to face the Longhorns. Texas Tech follows that up and that one will not be easy either. The Raiders will be seeking revenge for the previous meeting between the two.
The Number One jinx is in full effect now. Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Texas have all had that spot at some point and lost very soon afterwards. The Buffs went on an amazing run to put away the Longhorns in Boulder. The Aggies put a scare into UT, but T.J. Ford led them to a high-scoring victory. The aforementioned Big Monday matchup is huge for this team before they get the only gimme on the road in the Big 12: Nebraska.
4. Oklahoma St. (3): 18-3, 7-1; beat Kansas State then lost to Cincinnati
The ‘Boys took care of KSU as they should have, but then ran into a fired up Bearcat squad and fell in Cincinnati. It was a bad loss, but since it was out of conference it was not horrible. They have a chance to rebound with two easy games this week. OSU also partakes in the gimme at Nebraska and then welcomes Baylor into Stillwater for another likely win.
5. Missouri (5): 13-5, 5-3; lost to Kansas then beat Texas Tech
Mizzou is looking pretty good these days after taking Kansas to the wire and beating Texas Tech with a very nice nine-point win. They are not an elite team yet, but Arthur Johnson is doing everything he can to make them one. He leads the league in double-doubles this year. A trip to College Station this week will not be easy, but still very winnable. Kansas State comes to Columbia after that and is a must win for the Tigers.
6. Colorado. (8): 14-7, 4-4; beat Texas and Iowa State
The Buffs bounced right back from two straight losses to upset yet another Big 12 elite team. After beating Kansas, they knocked off Texas with an impressive run to end the game. ISU was dispatched with ease as they should have been. CU is looking more and more like a tourney team if they can keep this up. If they want that ticket to the Big Dance, they need to win in Manhatten and then beat Texas A&M at home.
7. Texas A&M (6): 11-8, 3-5; lost to Baylor and Texas
This team was doing so well until they came back to earth and lost to Baylor. It was on the road, but BU had yet to win a game and A&M cannot afford to blow those kinds of opportunities. Antoine Wright is a freshman wonder and he showed that in the great game against Texas. It was not enough to win, but he is the bright future of Aggie basketball. This week is a rough one with Mizzou at home and then a trip to Boulder. A split this week is a success.
8. Texas Tech (7): 13-6, 3-5; beat Nebraska then lost to Missouri
The Red Raiders got Bobby Knight his 800th victory, but they also are giving him some sleepless nights. The easy win over Nebraska was great, but losing at Missouri has put Tech squarely on the bubble for the tournament right now. They need somebody other than "Awesome" Andre Emmitt and Kasib Powell to step up in the scoring department. They have to win at Iowa State to remain in the NCAA hunt before OU comes to Lubbock this week.
9. Kansas State (9): 11-10, 2-6; lost to Oklahoma State and Kansas
It is hard to tell what is uglier: the second half performance against Kansas or those horrible uniforms they wore in that game. Lavender has never looked good as a uniform color and Kansas State proved that point on Saturday. A big win could be had this week when Colorado visits Bramlage Coliseum. The following trip to Columbia is probably a loss.
10. Iowa St. (10): 12-7, 2-6; lost to Colorado
Wow! Did the Cyclones ever look horrible in the first nine minutes against Colorado? They missed a ton of shots and spotted CU a 16-0 lead before finally scoring. This team has some talent, but unfortunately most of them are JUCO transfers and will be leaving after next year. A chance to salvage part of this year comes against Texas Tech this week. Jake Sullivan could shoot the Cyclones to an upset. An upset is out of the question though, when ISU travels to Lawrence. That one could get really ugly.
11. Baylor (11): 10-9, 1-7; beat Texas A&M then lost to Oklahoma
Hey Hey!! Baylor finally won a game in the Big 12. The Bears are thankful that the young Aggies do not know how to win on the road yet. BU celebrated this win with one of the worst performances in the Big 12 this year. They were on the court in Norman, but they did not do much else. OU ran all over them. Two more losses this week with Kansas at home and Oklahoma State on the road.
12. Nebraska (12): 9-12, 1-7; lost to Texas Tech
And then there is Nebraska. They were a part of history last week, but it was because they were beaten soundly by Texas Tech. That win was Bobby Knight's 800th. On top of yet another loss is the possibility that Nate Johnson could be out a couple weeks after slipping on some ice and tweaking his knee. Husker fans should come out this week to see some good basketball teams with Oklahoma State and Texas coming to Lincoln. OSU may hold the Huskers to 40 points, while Texas might put up 85 or 90.