Big 12 Rankings thru games on March 9th: (last week's ranking in parentheses)
The Longhorns had to move up a spot after coming from behind in Norman in the second half and ending the nation's longest home winning streak. It was an incredible game and T.J. Ford showed why he is being mentioned for player of the year. As big as that win was, a number one seed in the NCAA tournament is not locked up. Texas will probably have to reach the finals of the Big 12 tournament, if not win the whole thing, to get the number one honor. Their first game will be against the Texas Tech/Baylor winner on Friday.
KU did not lose and actually played very well in both of their games last week, but Texas' win was too big not to move them ahead. Kansas still has bragging rights since they won the regular season crown outright and will be the number one seed in Dallas. The Jayhawks are looking at a number two seed right now, but could move up with a Big 12 tournament championship on their resume. They play the winner of Texas A&M/Iowa State on Friday.
3. Oklahoma (3): 21-6, 12-4; beat Nebraska then lost to Texas
They destroyed Nebraska as expected, but suffered a heartbreaker to Texas on Senior Day. Hollis Price was outstanding, but the Sooners just did not have the depth to match the Longhorns. The loss puts OU in line for a two seed like Kansas, but, also like the Jayhawks, a tourney title may bump them up. They take on the Colorado/Kansas State winner on Friday.
4. Oklahoma St. (5): 21-8, 10-6; lost to Colorado then beat Texas A&M
The win over the Aggies was bigger than some might have thought it was going to be. Not only did the Cowboys win on Senior Day, but that win combined with Missouri's terrible week gave OSU a bye for the first round of the tournament. The ‘Boys are probably looking at a 5th or 6th seed in the NCAAs, but that could go up or down depending on their Big 12 tourney results. They should probably notch one win at least over the Missouri/Nebraska winner on Friday.
5. Missouri (4): 17-9, 9-7; lost to Iowa State and Kansas
So much for that momentum Mizzou was building up for the stretch run. That came to a screeching halt in Ames in a horrible loss for the Tigers. They battled Kansas until the final seconds, but fell at home. They are securely in the NCAA tourney, but a strong showing in Dallas could improve their position. Nebraska is the matchup in round one on Thursday and a loss there would be very detrimental to their seeding. The Tigers are probably facing a tenth seed right now.
6. Colorado. (6): 19-10, 9-7; beat Oklahoma State and Nebraska
Chalk up another big win for the Buffs at home with a victory over Okie State. Although they have struggled mightily on the road all year, they have too many big home wins for the tournament committee to deny them a bid. CU needs to win their first round game against Kansas State just to make sure they are in. A good showing against OU in the next round would improve their seeding.
7. Texas Tech (7): 16-11, 6-10; lost to Kansas and Baylor
The loss to Kansas probably put them in the NIT, but the Baylor loss made sure of that. A 6-10 conference record does not look good to the NCAA committee and will keep the Raiders out of the Field of 65. A rematch with Baylor in the first round in Dallas should be a good one. If they can get a win, then Texas would be up next and that would be followed by the NIT.
8. Texas A&M (8): 14-13, 6-10; beat Baylor then lost Oklahoma State
The Aggies got their win over Baylor and should be given an invite to the NIT. Even if they lose to Iowa State in the first round, they'll have a .500 record and a resume that deserves an NIT berth. This has been a very successful year for the Aggies and winning their first Big 12 tournament game would be icing on the cake.
9. Iowa St. (9): 15-12, 5-11; beat Missouri then lost to Kansas State
Larry Eustachy had some problems on his hands last week, but still managed to upset the Tigers in the home finale. An assistant coach was arrested on the suspicion of possessing child pornography. That assistant resigned immediately. This is another bad note during a bad season, but ISU could still get into the NIT with a win over the Aggies in round one.
10. Baylor (10): 14-13, 5-11; lost to Texas A&M then beat Texas Tech
Like Texas A&M, the Bears picked up a huge win, over Tech, which may put them into the NIT. It has been a decent year for BU, but another win over the Raiders in the Big 12 tourney and a trip to the NIT would make it even better. Lawrence Roberts should be preseason first-team All-Big 12 next year.
11. Kansas State (12): 13-16, 4-12; lost to Texas then beat Iowa State
Well the Wildcats climbed back out of the cellar with their win over the Cyclones. After they lose to Colorado in the Big 12 tourney, Jim Woolridge will go back to Manhatten and try to replace Pervis Pasco, Gilson DeJesus, and Matt Siebrant. It will not be an easy task although there is some young talent left in the program to build on.
12. Nebraska (11): 11-18, 3-13; lost to Oklahoma and Colorado
Another pair of bad road losses were picked up this week and landed the Huskers in last place in their conference for the first time since 1962-63. Nebraska takes on Missouri in the first round in Dallas and will probably lose that game. Afterwards, they can drag themselves back home to regroup for next year. This team is still very young and may put it together next year, but Husker fans should not hold their breath.