Big 12 rankings, Week 2: One-hit wonders edition

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Switching gears back to music for the second week of the Big 12 basketball rankings, which are brought to you by one-hit wonders from the 1980s and 1990s (plus-one for a road win, minus win for a home loss) …

1. TEXAS (16-3, 4-0, +2): The Longhorns looked bad in the first half, but the second half is as well as a visiting team has played at Allen Fieldhouse in years. Looming Saturday: A showdown at home with No. 11 Missouri. Right now, Texas is the Big 12 hot stepper (Nah, na na na nah, na na na nah, na na nah, na na nah, na na na nah) …

2. KANSAS (18-1, 3-1, +1): The Jayhawks hadn’t lost a game at home since the Washington presidency but fell apart in the second half against Texas. KU better be ready tonight against a dangerous Colorado team in Boulder. As for last week, “our house” wasn’t so daunting to the Horns …

3. TEXAS A&M (17-2, 4-1, even): The Aggies looked rather average at archrival Texas but bounced back at home against Kansas State. A tough game at Nebraska awaits the Aggies, whose vibe is good for now …

4. MISSOURI (17-3, 3-2, even): The Tigers have looked like a Mike Anderson team lately. Of course, both wins last week were at Mizzou Arena, a house of pain for many (One of the best lines of all time: “I’ll serve your ass like John McEnroe …”)

5. COLORADO (14-6, 3-2, +1): Welcome back to Earth, Buffaloes. Back-to-back road losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma. You got Kansas next. Time to take a stance …

6. BAYLOR (13-6, 3-3, even): I said in the preseason rankings that this team is missing something. Discipline for starters. Also, the Bears believe defense is simply an option. It’s scary how much this looks like one of Quin Snyder’s teams at Missouri. How bizarre ….

7. OKLAHOMA STATE (14-5, 2-3, even): If the Cowboys plan on dancing, winning Wednesday’s game at home against Texas is a must. Then again, with two players in the starting lineup under 5-foot tall, that probably isn’t going to happen …

Note: Yes, Skee-Lo gets another shout-out here. It won’t be his last.

8. NEBRASKA (14-5, 2-3, even): Yes, winning on the road in the Big 12 is tough, but Texas Tech? Really? The Cornhuskers’ center, 6-11, 315-pound (an awfully generous listing on the roster) Andre Almeida, should be playing football …

9. KANSAS STATE (14-7, 2-4, -1): The season has been a huge disappointment for the Wildcats, but the beauty of college basketball is they can get well in a hurry Saturday at Kansas. To pull it off, they’ll need to lean on Jacob Pullen …

10. IOWA STATE (14-6, 1-4, -1): Going into Saturday’s game at Missouri, the Cyclones had not been blown out. Welcome to the Zou, ISU, you got Devo-ed …

11. OKLAHOMA (10-9, 2-3, -1): The Sooners looked better last week, winning at home against Texas Tech and Colorado, but Jeff Capel probably can’t get away from this group fast enough …

12. TEXAS TECH (9-11, 1-4, -2): The Red Raiders found a way to upend Nebraska. They also get Oklahoma at home, which might be their last win …

Big 12 rankings, Week 1: “The Big Lebowski” edition … http://tinyurl.com/66dexn2

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