Big 12 rankings, week 9: Tigers, Jayhawks pulling away

Flip Pressey’s 19 points spearheaded Missouri’s rout of Baylor.

No change at the top, as Missouri and Kansas all but eliminated Baylor from the conference championship race with back-to-back beatdowns of the Bears.

1, MISSOURI (23-2, 10-2) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Oklahoma, Baylor | THIS WEEK: Wednesday vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday at Texas A&M

THE RUB: The Tigers are rolling, but that loss to Oklahoma State continues to loom large and will unless Kansas loses before the Feb. 25 rematch.

2. KANSAS (20-5, 10-2) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Baylor, Oklahoma State | THIS WEEK: Monday at Kansas State, Saturday vs. Texas Tech

THE RUB: Scott Drew vs. Bill Self is a little like Alvin the Chipmunk vs. Chewbacca.

3, BAYLOR (21-4, 8-4) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Kansas, Missouri | THIS WEEK: Monday vs. Iowa State, Saturday vs. Kansas State

THE RUB: The Bears, like the Ukraine, are weak.

4. IOWA STATE (18-7, 8-4) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Oklahoma State, defeated Texas A&M | THIS WEEK: Monday at Baylor, Saturday vs. Oklahoma State

THE RUB: All that’s separating the Cyclones from first place are closes losses to Missouri (at home) and Oklahoma State (in Stillwater).

5. TEXAS (16-9, 6-6) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Texas A&M, Kansas State | THIS WEEK: Tuesday at Oklahoma, Saturday at Oklahoma State

THE RUB: The Longhorns slide past the Wildcats into fifth (and in the NCAA Tournament picture).

6. KANSAS STATE (17-7, 6-6) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Texas Tech, lost to Texas | THIS WEEK: Monday vs. Kansas, Saturday at Baylor

THE RUB: The Wildcats need a win Monday to secure an NCAA bid. Otherwise, they’re looking at a 17-9 (6-8) record going into a revenge game at Missouri.

7. OKLAHOMA STATE (12-13, 5-7) | LAST WEEK: Defeated Iowa State, lost to Kansas | THIS WEEK: Wednesday at Missouri, Saturday vs. Texas

THE RUB: The Cowboys continued to be a factor in the Big 12 race with a win against Iowa State.

8. TEXAS A&M (12-12, 3-9) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Texas, Iowa State | THIS WEEK: Tuesday at Texas Tech, Saturday vs. Missouri

THE RUB: Injuries, health problems in the coaching staff, close losses all over the schedule … awful year for the Aggies.

9, OKLAHOMA (13-11, 3-9) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Missouri, Texas Tech | THIS WEEK: Tuesday vs. Texas, Saturday at Iowa State

THE RUB: The Sooners produced a dud Saturday, losing to a terrible Texas Tech team by 20.

10. TEXAS TECH (8-16, 1-11) | LAST WEEK: Lost to Kansas State, defeated Oklahoma | THIS WEEK: Tuesday vs. Texas A&M, Saturday at Kansas

THE RUB: Somehow, someway, this team actually won a conference game.


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