Big 12 basketball Power Rankings: Kansas State moving up, Jayhawks fall

Two weeks into conference play and the Big 12 is out of control. The most competitive conference is proving why it is elite. Here are this week's Big 12 Power Rankings.

Jan 20, 2024; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard John-Michael Wright (51) tries to swat the ball away from Wildcat guard Tylor Perry (2).
Jan 20, 2024; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys guard John-Michael Wright (51) tries to swat the ball away from Wildcat guard Tylor Perry (2). / Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
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Oklahoma State is ranked No. 13 in both offense and defense in the Big 12. They played No. 3 Kansas at home on Wednesday where they lost 90-66. the Cowboys struggled to score on offense and make consistent stops on defense to upset the Jayhawks.

The Cowboys bounced back on Saturday going into a hostile environment at Bramlage Coliseum to take on Kansas State. The Wildcats came in with a lot to lose in this game and the Cowboys kept it close, even holding the lead majority of the second half. However, Oklahoma State could not make stops when it mattered most at the end of the game and gave the ball away, ultimately losing 70-66.

Oklahoma State has struggled all season long and is still looking for their first win in conference play. Until they can win in the Big 12, they will probably find themselves at this spot in the power rankings going forward.