Big 12 Women’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 14

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The Big 12 women’s basketball season is now 14 weeks old and after 12 games of league play the movement continues in our power rankings.

There is a clear line of demarcation in the league right now between the Top 5 teams and the rest of the conference. It’s reflected in the relative steadiness of the rankings and the tiers this week.

 

Below we present our 14th Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season as we pass the midpoint of league action.

Tier One

1. Oklahoma (17-6, 11-1) – Last Week — 1

2. Texas (22-3, 9-3) – Last Week — 2

3. Kansas State (21-3, 10-2) – Last Week — 3

Oklahoma keeps on trucking. The Sooners have won eight straight games now, the longest winning streak in the conference and has a one-game lead on Kansas State in the standings. But the tough games aren’t over for Oklahoma. This week the Sooners get two ranked teams — Baylor and West Virginia, the latter on the road. Texas also looms late in the schedule, though this one will be in Norman.

Texas holds at No. 2 and Kansas State holds at No. 3. The Wildcats only won played one game last week but won and they needed every second to outlast Oklahoma State. K-State doesn’t control its own destiny when it comes to the regular-season title. But, the Wildcats only have one ranked team left in West Virginia. There is potential to win the last six, especially if Ayoka Lee returns as expected.

Texas has figured it out without Rori Harmon at point guard. They need to get forward DeYona Gaston fully healthy. The Longhorns’ only league losses are to Baylor, Kansas State and Oklahoma. Only a rematch with Oklahoma is left. The rest of the schedule is manageable.

 

Tier Two

4. Baylor (18-5, 7-5) – Last Week — 5

5. West Virginia (20-3, 9-3) – Last Week — 4

Baylor and West Virginia flip here due to Baylor beating West Virginia head-to-head on Saturday. But we should acknowledge that the Bears went on the road to BYU and didn’t play well at all against the Cougars. Baylor will likely remain in the Top 25, thanks to the WVU win. But the consistency I thought they were building to a few weeks ago hasn’t been there. Guard Sarah Andrews had a bad week. Something tells me she bounces back this week.

WVU has trouble coming in the form of three games against ranked teams in its final six. Two are at home, though. With a two-game lead for the No. 4 seed in Kansas City, the last double-bye is in sight. A bounce-back against TCU this week is key to tee up that stretch.

Tier Three

6. Kansas (13-10, 6-6) – Last Week — 8

7. Iowa State (13-9, 7-5) – Last Week — 7

8. Texas Tech (16-9, 5-7) – Last Week — 6

9. BYU (14-11, 4-8) – Last Week — 14

Kansas has won three straight and has played its way back onto the NCAA Tournament bubble in the eyes of ESPN’s Charlie Crème. I honestly thought the Jayhawks were done a few weeks ago. There is a chance to build some momentum before back-to-back ranked games with Baylor and Kansas State. The Jayhawks need one of those games, but they can cross that bridge when they get there.

 

BYU moves up to the third tier after back-to-back wins, including upsetting Baylor at home. There is a real opportunity here for BYU the next few weeks when it comes to seeding. Just one ranked team remains and that is its finale against Texas. BYU won’t play its way into a single or double-bye, but the Cougars could play their way out of the first day of the tournament.

Tier Four

10. Cincinnati (12-11, 4-8) – Last Week — 9

11. UCF (12-10, 3-9) – Last Week — 10

12. Houston (12-11, 3-9) – Last Week — 11

13. Oklahoma State (11-12, 4-8) – Last Week — 13

14. TCU (15-8, 2-10) – Last Week — 12

Things are rough on this tier. Cincinnati and UCF were the only winners this week, and Cincinnati beat UCF to get its win. Give the Knights credit — they went into Lubbock and flat out stole one. They’ve now won three of their last five. I would have kicked them up a spot had they not lost to Cincinnati.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.