Baylor is on a break and West Virginia gets a few big wins to move into second in the rankings. There are a few weeks left and a lot of good games to fit in. Buckle up and get ready for some chaos.
- Baylor (17-0, 9-0 in conference)
Baylor is on pause due to COVID protocols. They still hold onto the top spot until someone takes them down. They still have five games against ranked opponents to try and escape the season undefeated.
2. West Virginia (14-5, 7-3 in conference)
West Virginia is in the middle of a gauntlet that was supposed to be six straight ranked opponents. They’ve started off 2-0 and got their best win of the season last night against Texas Tech. They’ve moved into sole possession of second place and have been getting contributions from everywhere on offense. In the last five games, four different players have set career highs. A win against Oklahoma should move them back into the Top 10.
3. Texas (12-5, 6-4 in conference)
The Texas guards are shooting the lights out but are still slowly working their way back after the COVID break. They held on to win against Kansas State last night but guards are getting into the paint way too easily. They get one more game against a team at the bottom of the conference before having to play in Norman next Tuesday.
4. Oklahoma (12-5, 7-4 in conference)
I think the Texas Tech game may end up being a blip on the radar. Those two always play close games and without Reaves, the Sooners struggled. He put up 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in his first game back against Iowa State. The true test comes against a different West Virginia team than they played the first time. Umoja Gibson hit 8 threes in that first matchup to help lead the Sooners to a win. I don’t think that happens again so Reaves will have to be huge.
5. Texas Tech (14-6, 6-5 in conference)
The Red Raiders lost again to the Mountaineers last night and several stats really stood out to me. The Mountaineers had Emmitt Matthews guard Mac McClung for most of the first half and was able to keep him contained for the most part. They really focused for most of the game to make sure the rotation didn’t get to him to get a three. The rest of the team shot 2-12 from deep despite the shots being open. There is also not much of an explanation for getting out-rebounded when West Virginia played very small in the second half without Culver.
6. Kansas (13-7, 7-5 in conference)
Kansas has struggled to shoot the ball and Oklahoma State loves to throw different zones at you. They only hit five 3’s but they did a good job with not settling. They moved the ball and was able to get to the rim and make shots. That has been an area of concern with easy misses. McCormack continues to get looks at the rim and and led the way with another 23 points. Kansas desperately needed that win after giving up 91 points to West Virginia. I don’t know how much they could’ve done with McBride and Sherman both having career days. They need to keep teams in the 70’s to win. They just don’t have the firepower to get into a shootout.
7. Oklahoma State (12-6, 5-6 in conference)
Oklahoma State loves to play an up and down style to open the floor for Cade Cunningham. He got his with 26 points but needed more contributions from the surrounding cast. They tried to live by the three and shot 3-18 from deep. On the defensive end, they aren’t big enough to handle some of the great bigs in this conference.
8. TCU (11-7, 4-5 in conference)
Mike Miles has come on strong as of late but the Horned Frogs had to play without him against Iowa State due to a non-COVID illness. Nembhard was huge with 14 of his 20 points in the second half.
9. Iowa State (2-11, 0-8 in conference)
Iowa State knows how to stay in games but just can’t pull one out. They let one slip away against TCU on Tuesday as they led with under four to play. Rasir Bolton needs some help. He is 5th in the league in points per game but the team as a whole sits 134th in adjusted offense. Bolton actually led the way for the Cyclones in four statistical categories last night. I feel bad for the kid.
10. Kansas State (5-16, 1-11 in conference)
We’re at eleven straight losses now. They showed some fight at least, almost pulling the upset against Texas. If they can play hard like that and get good performances from senior Mike McGuirl and freshman Nijel Pack, they’ll catch one of these teams sleeping and get out of the cellar,