After a busy weekend, the Big 12 is taking it easy this week. That means there isn’t much movement, though I’m switching the Oklahoma teams.
1. Baylor Bears
I might have to write expanded thoughts on the Bears later today, but for now, I’ll just say this: They are the most exciting team in the conference, and maybe the country.
2. Missouri Tigers
The next test for the Tigers: facing a team that can successfully slow them down. I’m not sure any team outside of Baylor can beat Missouri when the game is played in the 70s and 80s. I’m sure this will be Illinois’ strategy next week.
3. Kansas Jayhawks
They got a big name win at home, albeit one with a large asterisk. Won’t lie, I think KU still winds up winning the Big 12 this year. Thomas Robinson is so NBA ready it’s scary.
4. Texas Longhorns
I really like the way Rick Barnes has his freshman playing. Come next week, they will FINALLY get a big test against North Carolina.
5. Texas A&M Aggies
Khris Middelton is back. They finally play a team of value, going to Florida this Saturday. Time to see what they are made of.
6. Oklahoma Sooners
I way undervalued the Sooners last week, they deserve to be here right now. Steven Pledger leads a really good offensive attack, and Lon Kruger is a very good coach. At the same time, I don’t think the Sooners are going to fare well in conference play.
7. Kansas State Wildcats
Too bad nobody on this team is capable of making a play on their own. Once again Frank Martin has a tough, defensive minded team. They are going to give a Baylor, Kansas, and Missouri plenty of trouble, but in the end, a lack of a go to scorer will be their downfall.
8. Oklahoma State Cowboys
This is a very good team, no doubt about it. Probably one of the better defending teams in the conference. They struggle to score though, which is why the continued improvement of Le’Bryan Nash is so important.
9. Iowa State Cyclones
Royce White has shot 22-31 from the field his last three games. Not quite at the level of a Ricardo Ratliffe, but damn impressive.
10. Texas Tech Red Raiders
At least TCU knows they will be able to win some conference games next winter.