We’re deep enough into the non-conference season to put together the first power rankings of the season. Expect weekly updates (probably Tuesday’s) the rest of the season.
1. Baylor Bears
Baylor has been more than just the most talented team in the conference so far this season. While the early season script wasn’t pretty (too much mental wandering during second halves) the results have been. Perry Jones III is back, which has benefited the team across the board. JuCo transfer Pierre Jackson has been impressive for stretches off the bench, which provides Baylor with the outside threat they need to be great.
2. Missouri Tigers
Somehow going away from the Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball has made the Tigers even faster. The speed of Phil Pressey and Mike Dixon has given opposing guards nightmares all year long. Inside play will be a question all season, but the emergence of Kim English as second banana to Marcus Denmon gives Mizzou hope for a run at the conference title.
3. Kansas Jayhawks
A loaded non-conference schedule will pay off later in the season. Kansas has a lot of work to do, but looks good to challenge for the conference title. Thomas Robinson is a star, and Tyshawn Taylor has really stepped up. To stay with Missouri and Baylor all season though, Kansas needs better three-point shooting, and more scoring from Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.
4. Texas Longhorns
The freshman have looked good so far, especially Jonathan Holmes and Myck Kabango. J’Covan Brown is a scoring stud, and will benefit from the surprising help he’s gotten so far. I think this Texas team does a lot more damage than people were thinking a month ago.
5. Texas A&M Aggies
Not sure yet what TAM is, especially with Khris Middelton injured. Not sure we will know much about them until conference play starts.
6. Oklahoma State Cowboys
I haven’t been terribly impressed by Le’Bryan Nash, and Keiton Page is in a terrible shooting slump. Right now, this team isn’t anything special, despite having intriguing talent.
7. Kansas State Wildcats
Undefeated so far, but haven’t played much. Win over Virginia Tech is nice, beating West Virginia on Friday would be better.
8. Iowa State
Have a feeling Iowa State is going to lose a lot of really close games all season long. Royce White is dark horse candidate for conference player of the year.
Only loss is to an impressive SLU team, but haven’t played much competition. Their offense has been impressive all season, which should keep them in games this season.
10. Texas Tech
You lose to DePaul, you get ranked last. Tech already has issues scoring, that will only get worse once Big 12 play starts.