Big 12 basketball: Kansas, Oklahoma State top the conference Power Poll

by John Helsley Published: January 3, 2014
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The Big 12 portion of the schedule begins Saturday, with a league that suddenly looks much better than preseason projections suggested, with the conference owning the No. 1 rating in the latest RPI.

How the next two-plus months shake out is anyone's guess, but here's a power ranking heading into league play.

1. Kansas (9-3). Sure, the Jayhawks have stumbled a bit, but against very outstanding competition. They'll get better. And they're still the nine-time defending conference champs.

2. Oklahoma State (12-1). The Cowboys have mostly rolled through a solid nonconference schedule and seem to have the pieces, even without Michael Cobbins.

3. Iowa State (12-0). Fred Hoiberg is only enhancing his reputation as a superb coach. The Cyclones have to prove they can win more on the road in the Big 12.

4. Baylor (11-1). The Bears always start strong, but it's their finish that always is concerning. With Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson in the middle, their frontcourt is daunting.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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