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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At the beginning of last week, Baylor sat atop of the Big 12. They were 3-0 in the conference, looking like the best-ranked team in the conference after Kansas and Houston both had lost the week before. Then they went to take on their former assistant coach Jerome Tang at Kansas State. This is where everything went wrong.

The Bears went into Bramlage Coliseum 0-2 against Tang and were hoping to knock off a Kansas State team that was fresh from a tough loss against Texas Tech. The Wildcats came out ready and Baylor was never able to build a large enough lead. The Bears struggled beyond the arc, which was very out of character for them, and when they got to the line were not able to sink the easy shots. the Bears took the game to overtime where the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run in the last two minutes to win the game.

Fresh off that tough loss, the Bears then had to travel to Texas, which also was coming off a loss to UCF. Going into another hostile environment the Bears needed to bounce back. Well while their offense looked like the top-ranked offense that they are, the defense shows that it's obviously their biggest weakness. The Longhorns beat the Bears 75-73.

I honestly should have ranked the Bears lower on these rankings, but because of how they started conference play, I am giving them the benefit of the doubt. However, if they lose to a struggling TCU team after they have a long week off, they will drop and drop fast.