Men's Basketball Big 12 Power Rankings-Week 2

With Big 12 Conference play under way here are the Men's Basketball Power Rankings after four games into conference play.

1)   4/4  Baylor Bears (17-0, 4-0)

 

The Baylor Bears continue to not only win, but dominate play in the Big 12 Conference.

Baylor continues its best start in program history and is unbeaten in Big 12 play for the first time since the 2007-2008 campaign.

Scott Drew's crew is coming off an absolute beating of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Waco on Saturday winning 106-65.

It is the first time for the Bears in Big 12 history that a team has eclipsed the century mark in regulation of a Big 12 contest.

This week the Bears are faced with a battle of the unbeatens as they take on the Jayhawks on Monday in Lawrence, Kansas and then return to Waco on Saturday to take on Missouri.

 

 

2)   10/10  Kansas Jayhawks (14-3, 4-0)

 

Kansas remains as the only other Big 12 squad to remain undefeated in conference play heading into this week getting ready to take on the only other undefeated team in the conference.

The Jayhawks are coming off big wins against Texas Tech and Iowa State this week improving their conference record to 4-0 for the fifth time in the Bill Self era and 12th time in their 16-year presence in the Big 12.

Kansas has been led by junior Thomas Robinson of late as he recorded a double-double his last time out and in the past five games has averaged 18.6 points per game and 14 rebounds per game.

Kansas has a challenge in front of them this week as the undefeated No. 4 Baylor Bears come to town on Monday and then they travel to Austin on Saturday to take on the Longhorns.

 

 

 

3)   9/9 Missouri (16-1, 3-1)

 

After starting Big 12 play 1-1, the Tigers have turned it in the right direction winning their last two conference games taking down Iowa State and Texas.

Phil Pressey recorded his second double-double of his career against Texas scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 assists and did not commit a single turnover.

In the last five games Pressey has totaled 32 assists and has recorded five or more assists in 12 games this season.  Pressey leads the team averaging 6.1 assists per game which also is tops in the Big 12.

Missouri has a huge test this week as they take on Texas A&M and Baylor.

 

 

 

 

4)   Iowa State (12-5, 2-2)

 

The Cyclones are coming off a tough week losing to Missouri and Kansas after starting conference play 2-0.

Iowa State has been a rebounding machine this season as 14 of their 17 opponents this season and have outrebounded four by double digits.

Melvin Ejim has been playing better than ever lately as he has scored in double digits in three of the last five games and has grabbed 49 rebounds in the past six games.

Iowa State is 3-2 in its last five games and 7-3 in the last 10 games, now this week will be another challenge as they take on Oklahoma State and Texas Tech this week.

 

 

5)   Texas (12-5, 2-2)

 

The Longhorns went 1-1 in Big 12 play this week, including a win against in-state rival Texas A&M, but then fell to Missouri.

J'Covan Brown went for 34 points in the loss to Missouri and was 6-for-7 from 3-point ranger. Brown is the first Texas play since D.J. Augustin on March 1, 2008 to score 30 or more points in a Big 12 road match.

Brown also eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark in the game against Missouri and became the 33rd player in Texas history to do so.

Texas takes a swing through the old Big 12 north this week as they take on Kansas State and Kansas.

 

 

6)   Oklahoma State (9-8, 2-2)

 

 The Cowboys are coming off an absolute beating handed to them by the Baylor       Bears on Saturday losing 106-65.

Oklahoma State has gone 2-3 in its last five games and 4-6 in its last 10 games, but even though the team has struggled in the last five games freshman Brian Williams has not struggled.

Before the current stretch Williams had scored just 42 points all season, and in the last five games he has scored 55.

Another aspect of the Cowboys game that has been good is their ability to block shots as they have blocked 84 this season. Last season they blocked a total of 99 shots.

This week the Cowboys take on Iowa State and Kansas State.

 

7)   18/18  Kansas State (12-4, 1-3)

 

The Wildcats are coming off two straight losses to Baylor and Oklahoma this week.

Rodney McGruder has been explosive for the Wildcats in the last six games, as he has scored 126 points, which comes out to an average of 21 points per game.

McGruder of course has been leading the team in the past six games, and has been shooting 57 percent from the field in that stretch.

When Kansas State holds opponents under 60 points they are 38-2 under Frank Martin, and there have been only three teams that have scored more than 70 points this season, Baylor, Oklahoma and West Virginia – those were all losses.

This week the Wildcats take on Texas and Oklahoma State.

 

 

8)   Oklahoma (11-5, 1-3)

 

The Sooners finally notched their first win in conference play this past week with a 82-73 upset of No. 18 Kansas State.

Junior guard Steven Pledger in wins this season averages 20.3 points per game while in losses he averages just 11.2 points per game.

Against Kansas State, Pledger finished 6-for-6 from the charity stripe and has so far knocked down 14 in a row.

The Sooners have scored at least 75 points this season nine times, and last season they only reached that mark just seven times.

This week the Sooners will try and get to .500 in Big 12 conference play as they take on Texas Tech and Texas A&M.

 

 

9)   Texas A&M (10-6, 1-3)

 

Like the Sooners, the Aggies notched their first Big 12 win against Texas Tech on Saturday against former Texas A&M head coach Billy Gillispie.

In the win over the Red Raiders the Aggies had five players reach double-digits in scoring for the first time this season.

Junior guard Naji Hibbert scored 12 points in that win, which is more than his previous seven games combined.

When holding opponents under 60 points this season, the Aggies are 10-0 and are 9-1 when holding opponents under 40 percent shooting.

Texas A&M will try and continue its winning ways against Missouri and Oklahoma.

 

 

10)         Texas Tech (7-9, 0-4)

 

Well the Red Raiders are the worst team in the Big 12 Conference - plain and simple.

For the second straight season Texas Tech has started 0-4 in conference play and the last time it happened before that was the 1999-2000 season.

The Red Raiders are coming off losses to No. 10 Kansas and Texas A&M pushing their conference record to a dismal 0-4.

In three of their four losses, the Red Raiders have been outscored by 13 or more points.

Jaye Crockett was only one of two players to reach double digits in the loss to Texas A&M, as he went for 19 points and eight rebounds in that game.

In the last four of five games Crockett has reached double-digits in scoring and is averaging 12 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game in that stretch.

This week the Red Raiders look to notch their first win in Big 12 play against either Oklahoma or Iowa State.


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