Kentucky (14-2) claimed the No. 6 spot in the Coaches poll (No. 7 in AP) after beating Mississippi and LSU, while Kansas (14-1) nabbed the No. 6 position in the AP poll (No. 7 in Coaches) after beating Nebraska but falling victim to Villanova in a crushing 83-62 loss. Boston College rose to No. 8 in the polls and remains unbeaten after defeating both Villanova and St. Johns. Oklahoma State (14-2) trails Boston College at No. 8 after losing big to Texas and bouncing back to beat Baylor 82-53 later in the week. (The Cowboys lost to Oklahoma 67-57 in Norman Monday night, falling to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in conference.) Washington (16-2) rounds out the top 10, following a win over Washington State.
No new Big 12 teams cracked the polls this week, but Oklahoma (15-2) solidified its position in the rankings by moving up to No. 13 in the AP poll and to No. 15 in the Coaches poll after beating Texas A&M and Texas. (The Sooners could climb even higher next following their Big Monday win over OSU.)
With Oklahoma winning both games last week and other top Big 12 teams being handed a loss, a shift occurred in the CollegeRPI.com rankings (which simulates the NCAAs Ratings Percentage Index Rankings). Kansas (No. 1) leads Oklahoma State (No. 4), followed by Oklahoma (No. 16) which rose above Texas (No. 18). Even though the Sooners passed the Longhorns, Texas still managed to climb from last weeks No. 25 position.
Meanwhile, ESPN.coms weekly Bracketology still shows the Horns as a fifth seed if the NCAA tournament started today, while Big 12 foe Kansas remains a projected No. 1 seed. Oklahoma State would be a second seed, with Oklahoma claiming a fourth seed. Texas Tech remains a 10th seed, and Texas A&M dropped from the Bracketology rankings (now listed in the Last Four Out category).
Texas (14-4, 3-2) next plays host to Texas Tech (11-4, 3-1) on Tuesday, Jan 25 at 8 p.m. in the Erwin Center.