The Big 12 has continued its torrid efficiency through the opening weekend of conference play. Five teams are ranked in the top 20 of the AP Poll, and 9 out of 10 teams are top 60 KenPom teams. Here’s the weirdest college basketball sentence anyone will type: Statistically, this season, the easiest place to secure a Big 12 Road win is Hilton Coliseum in Ames. Take that for Hilton Magic.
These rankings are based on a combination of talent, resume, and who has the “mojo” right now, meaning they are entirely subjective so your criticism is invalid. Additionally, I pay no mind to prior rankings when conducting this list - these are meant to reflect “right now.”
1. Oklahoma Sooners (11-1, 13th in KenPom)
Have the best win in the conference (at #13 Wichita State), but really regretting their odd effort against Arkansas at PK80. It won’t cost them anything down the stretch, as far as seeding is concerned, though. Started conference play strong with a road win in Fort Worth against a solid TCU. Trae Young is good.
2. Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-1, 5th)
The Red Raiders look like the real deal this year. Huge win over Kansas, and still improving. Their lone loss came on the road to a top thirty team. Three top fifty wins and a transitive win over Duke! That’s neat!
3. West Virginia Mountaineers (13-1, 10th)
Unfazed by their first two conference foes. In for a
couch barn-burner against OU on Saturday. Have one of the best non-conference win of anyone, at home vs. #5 Virginia.
4. TCU Horned Frogs (13-1, 22nd)
TCU’s one loss came by one point to Trae Young and the Sooners, and the Frogs have wins over three top 40 teams and seven probable tournament teams. And yeah, Seth Davis, they got a road win. Happy?
5. Kansas Jayhawks (11-3, 7th)
The Jayhawks dropped another game, their worst conference loss in Lawrence in a long, long time. Bill Self needs his team to find itself quickly; their conference title streak is in trouble.
6. Texas Longhorns (10-4, 35th)
Played a really tough schedule. Got invited to PK80! Won a huge game in Birmingham against a really good Bama team, only tarnished by the fact that that Bama team now has a transitive loss to Kansas State via Vanderbilt.
7. Scott Drew's Basketball Team in Waco (10-4, 36th)
A couple of wins over Creighton and Wisconsin, but lost to TCU for the first time since 2002, and seem to be on the decline.
8. Oklahoma State (10-3, 51st)
Beat a top 30 Florida State team, lost to the only other good teams on its schedule. Gets to play Iowa State soon, though, so that’s nice.
9. Kansas State (11-3, 40th)
It’s not that the Wildcats are bad, it’s just that they are boring. They aren’t boring in the fun way, either. Outside of a win at Vandy, Bruce Weber’s team has yet to look good against a real live basketball team this season.
10. Iowa State (9-4, 92nd)
Weirdly beat Missouri badly in week one, have nice wins over Boise, Iowa, and Northern Iowa. I mean, yeah, they’re playing basketball. Anyways, they’re more of a football school now.