With the non-conference season nearing its end and Christmas approaching, the conference hierarchy is starting to take shape and the top two teams in the Big 12 have begun separating themselves from the rest of the pack. Interesting note; there are six undefeated teams in the country as of December 23rd, and two of them are in Big 12. The only other conference with two unbeaten teams is the Big East (#1
2. Baylor, 11-0, #7 – Baylor has had an exceptional week so far and it could get even better if the Bears take down future Big 12 rival, West Virginia tonight in the Las Vegas Classic. Scott Drew’s squad kicked off the last seven days by scoring an impressive victory in
3. Kansas State, 8-1 – At first glance, you might think the only reason the Wildcats have jumped up to the 3-spot is because, Kansas, Texas and Texas A&M have all suffered bad losses since these rankings were last published, but that would be taking away from what Frank Martin’s guys have accomplished on the court. KSU notched one of the best victories of the last week, taking apart then #21
4. Kansas, 8-3, #11 – Kansas followed up their victory over Ohio State by losing to Davidson at home, and no, Steph Curry did not suit up.
6. Iowa State, 9-3 – The Cyclones mucked their way to an uninspired win against Central Michigan and had a workmanlike effort against Lipscomb on Wednesday night, but the important thing is that they didn’t have two bad losses like the Texas A&M did.
7. Texas A&M, 8-3 – Losing a neutral site game to #13
10. Texas Tech, 5-5 – The only real question at this point is if the Red Raiders will win a Big 12 game. They’ll have 18 chances, but I’m not so sure it’s going to happen.