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Big 12 Power Rankings: League's reputation takes a hit with losses to SEC

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Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is called for a foul on Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) while trying to knock away a pass from Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin (3) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) is called for a foul on Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) while trying to knock away a pass from Oklahoma forward Khadeem Lattin (3) during the second half at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. by Nick Krug

The Big 12’s reputation took a serious hit this past weekend, with the midwest league that appeared deep and competitive during the past several weeks coming up on the losing end of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, 6-4.

The perceived lower-tier teams in the conference so often dominated by Kansas weren’t the only ones to blame, either. Oklahoma’s road loss at Alabama, West Virginia’s home defeat against Kentucky and TCU’s misstep at Vanderbilt makes one question just how well the top of the Big 12 actually stacks up with the rest of the country.

The Mountaineers, who had looked so solid for much of the year, now have dropped four of their past five games.

OU followed up a win over Kansas with a loss to an Alabama squad that might be the eighth-best team in the SEC.

Baylor, ranked as high as No. 16 in the AP Top 25 in November, had dropped seven of its previous nine games.

Selection Sunday is now just under six weeks away and the Big 12 overall looks vulnerable.


WINNERS - 2018 BIG 12/SEC CHALLENGE

Kansas, 79-68, vs. Texas A&M

Texas Tech, 70-63, at South Carolina

Texas, 85-72, vs. Ole Miss

Kansas State, 56-51, vs. Georgia

Kentucky, 83-76, at West Virginia

Alabama, 80-73, vs. Oklahoma

Florida, 81-60, vs. Baylor

Tennessee, 68-45, at Iowa State

Vanderbilt, 81-78, vs. TCU

Arkansas, 66-65, vs. Oklahoma State


Here’s a rundown of the Big 12’s most NCAA Tournament-ready teams as of late January, ranked from first to 10th.

Each team’s best victories and its losses — good, bad and in between — are considered in this process, using KenPom.com’s ratings, to classify the league’s most and least impressive squads to date.

Big 12 Power Rankings — Jan. 29, 2018

No. 1 - Kansas (17-4)

Kenpom ranking: No. 9

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +0.9

Top-50 wins: No. 25 Kentucky, at No. 26 TCU, No. 43 Syracuse, at No. 42 Texas, No. 35 Kansas State, at No. 14 West Virginia, No. 36 Texas A&M

Losses: No. 91 Washington, No. 28 Arizona State, No. 11 Texas Tech, at No. 22 Oklahoma

No. 2 - West Virginia (16-5)

Kenpom ranking: No. 14

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +6.2

Top-50 wins: No. 49 Missouri, No. 2 Virginia, at No. 35 Kansas State, No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 42 Texas

Losses: No. 36 Texas A&M, at No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 9 Kansas, at No. 26 TCU, No. 25 Kentucky

No. 3 - Oklahoma (15-5)

Kenpom ranking: No. 22

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +1.0

Top-50 wins: No. 48 USC, at No. 19 Wichita State, at No. 26 TCU, No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 26 TCU (OT), No. 9 Kansas

Losses: No. 47 Arkansas, at No. 14 West Virginia, at No. 35 Kansas State, at No. 68 Oklahoma State (OT), at No. 56 Alabama

No. 4 - Texas Tech (17-4)

Kenpom ranking: No. 11

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +2.6

Top-50 wins: No. 18 Nevada (OT), at No. 9 Kansas, No. 35 Kansas State, No. 14 West Virginia

Losses: No. 32 Seton Hall, at No. 22 Oklahoma, at No. 42 Texas, at No. 116 Iowa State

No. 5 - Kansas State (16-5)

Kenpom ranking: No. 35

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +3.1

Top-50 wins: No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 26 TCU

Losses: No. 28 Arizona State, No. 135 Tulsa, No. 14 West Virginia, at No. 11 Texas Tech, at No. 9 Kansas

No. 6 - TCU (15-6)

Kenpom ranking: No. 26

Average point differential in Big 12 play: +2.4

Top-50 wins: No. 44 SMU, No. 18 Nevada, No. 14 West Virginia

Losses: No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 9 Kansas, at No. 42 Texas (2OT), at No. 22 Oklahoma (OT), at No. 35 Kansas State, at No. 92 Vanderbilt

No. 7 - Texas (14-7)

Kenpom ranking: No. 42

Average point differential in Big 12 play: -2.6

Top-50 wins: No. 30 Butler, No. 26 TCU (2OT), No. 11 Texas Tech

Losses: No. 4 Duke (OT), No. 7 Gonzaga (OT), No. 24 Michigan, No. 9 Kansas, at No. 51 Baylor, at No. 68 Oklahoma State, at No. 14 West Virginia

No. 8 - Baylor (12-9)

Kenpom ranking: No. 51

Average point differential in Big 12 play: -3.1

Top-50 wins: No. 23 Creighton, No. 42 Texas

Losses: at No. 12 Xavier, No. 19 Wichita State, at No. 11 Texas Tech, No. 26 TCU (OT), at No. 14 West Virginia, at No. 116 Iowa State, at No. 9 Kansas, No. 35 Kansas State, at No. 21 Florida

No. 9 - Oklahoma State (13-8)

Kenpom ranking: No. 68

Average point differential in Big 12 play: -4.9

Top-50 wins: No. 20 Florida State, No. 42 Texas, No. 22 Oklahoma (OT)

Losses: No. 36 Texas A&M, No. 19 Wichita State, No. 14 West Virginia, No. 22 Oklahoma, at No. 35 Kansas State, at No. 51 Baylor, at No. 11 Texas Tech, at No. 47 Arkansas

No. 10 - Iowa State (11-9)

Kenpom ranking: No. 116

Average point differential in Big 12 play: -5.6

Top-50 wins: No. 11 Texas Tech

Losses: at No. 49 Missouri, No. 217 Milwaukee, No. 35 Kansas State, No. 42 Texas (OT), at No. 68 Oklahoma State (OT), at No. 9 Kansas, at No. 26 TCU, at No. 42 Texas, No. 10 Tennessee


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Comments

Michael Sillman 3 months, 3 weeks ago

I’m not surprised by West Virginia’s slide. Huggins playing style wears down his players just as much as it does the other team.

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