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Big 12 Basketball Power Rankings - Week 5

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The Big 12 came off last week's tune-up against directional schools to knock off a handful of big name schools, highlighted by KU's win against Ohio State. Other tournament-caliber teams to fall: Villanova, Missouri State, Oral Roberts and Arkansas.

T1. Baylor Bears

Overall Record: 7-0
Last Week's Record: 0-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: T1, same
What Nathan Says: The hot name in the conference sits right behind them, but the Bears haven't given me any reason to bump them down.

T1. Missouri Tigers

Overall Record: 9-0
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: T1, same
What Evan Says: Solid win against a bigger 'Nova squad last week. Two more tune-ups before the Busch Braggin' Rights game against Illinois..

3. Kansas Jayhawks

Overall Record: 7-2
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 3, same
What Nathan Says: No shame in beating Ohio State without Jared Sullinger. Tyshawn Taylor's out for three weeks but KU has an easy slate of games until Big 12 play begins.

4. Texas A&M Aggies

Overall Record: 8-1
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 4, same
What E. Carnes Says: Although they fared alright without Khris Middleton, the Aggies have to be happy to have their leading scorer back on the court.

5. Texas Longhorns

Overall Record: 7-2
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: T5, same
What E. Carnes Says: The Longhorns blew past UT-Arlington and Texas State, but the real test of the young team lies ahead — Texas plays Temple on Dec. 17 and UNC on Dec. 21.

6. Kansas St. Wildcats

Overall Record: 6-1
Last Week's Record: 1-1
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: T5, down one
What Joe Says: Wildcats had to go to overtime against North Florida which means K-State fans have to be happy there is still a football game left to look forward too. .

7. Oklahoma Sooners

Overall Record: 7-1
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 7, up two
What Evan Says: It's time to take the Sooners seriously. And with Cameron Clark waking up, this is a team we should all keep an eye on. See below The Jump for where I ranked them, but it may surprise some folks.

8. Iowa St. Cyclones

Overall Record: 7-3
Last Week's Record: 2-0
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 8, same
What Nathan Says: The Cyclones recover from a two-loss week with a two-win week. Slim NCAA hopes still alive.

9. Oklahoma St. Cowboys

Overall Record: 6-3
Last Week's Results: 1-1
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 7, down two
What Evan Says: Solid win at Missouri State followed by a third loss this season at MSG. At least Le'Bryan Nash was able to post back-to-back good performances.

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Overall Record: 4-4
Last Week's Record: 0-1
Last Week's Ranking/Movement: 10, same... and probably will be all year
What E. Carnes Says: The Red Raiders suffered a turnover-heavy loss to future conference mate TCU. A bright spot for Tech, though, was Jordan Tolbert, who had 5 rebounds and 27 points.


Rankings are based on averages of our individual picks. See how we each voted after The Jump.

Evan's Rankings:
1. Mizzou
2. Baylor
3. Kansas
4. Texas A&M
5. K-State
6. Oklahoma
7. Texas
8. Iowa State
9. Oklahoma State
10. Texas Tech

E. Carnes' Rankings:
1. Baylor
2. Mizzou
3. Kansas
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas
6. K-State
7. Oklahoma
8. Oklahoma State
9. Iowa State
10. Texas Tech

Nathan's Rankings:
1. Baylor
2. Missouri
3. Kansas
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas
6. Kansas State
7. Iowa State
8. Oklahoma
9. Oklahoma State
10. Texas Tech

Joe's Rankings:
1. Kansas
2. Missouri
3. Baylor
4. Texas A&M
5. Texas
6. Oklahoma
7. Iowa State
8. Oklahoma State
9. K-State
10. Texas Tech