Big 12 Women’s Basketball Power Rankings for Week 15

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The Big 12 women’s basketball season is now 15 weeks old and after 14 games of league play the dividing lines in the power rankings are starting to harden.

We have four distinct tiers now. The lines between groups of teams has never been clearer as we enter the final two weeks of the regular season.

Below we present our 15th Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings for the 2023-24 season as we pass the midpoint of league action.

 

Tier One

1. Oklahoma (18-7, 12-2) – Last Week — 1

2. Texas (24-3, 11-3) – Last Week — 2

3. Kansas State (22-4, 11-3) – Last Week — 3

4. West Virginia (22-3, 11-3) – Last Week — 5

This is the cream of the crop. I think you could slide Texas to No. 1, but since OU beat Texas earlier this season the Sooners remain at No. 1 despite their loss to West Virginia. But, with two straight wins, including a win over a ranked team, the Mountaineers are now a Tier 1 team again. WVU gets two more shots at ranked teams this week.

The line between this quartet and the rest of the league is so clear that if all four win on Tuesday and Wednesday each will clinch a double-bye in the Big 12 Tournament. But, that won’t happen because WVU and K-State play each other on Wednesday. So only up to three of them can do that.

Tier Two

5. Baylor (19-6, 8-6) – Last Week — 4

6. Kansas (15-10, 8-6) – Last Week — 6

7. Iowa State (14-10, 8-6) – Last Week — 7

 

This tier is interesting. Baylor should make the NCAA Tournament. Iowa State is likely to make it but with that overall record, the Cyclones don’t have quite the wiggle room that it may seem. Kasnas is surging right now, having won five straight (only Texas has won more games in a row with six going into this week). Whatever issues derailed the Jayhawks early in conference play have been solved.

It’s possible all three could make the NCAA Tournament at this point. The next two weeks will be telling. If all three are better than .500 in league play going into Kansas City, I like each team’s chances, regardless of what happens in the Big 12 Tournament.

These three teams are also the only remaining league teams better than .500 in conference play. Two will get a single bye in the Big 12 Tournament. One will not. Kansas and Baylor play this week in Waco.

Tier Three

8. BYU (15-12, 5-9) – Last Week — 9

9. Texas Tech (16-11, 6-9) – Last Week — 8

The Lady Raiders and Cougars look like they’re heading toward missing the NCAA Tournament. But both could and should slide comfortably into the WNIT, assuming they remain above .500. Tech has much more latitude than BYU, but the Cougars have won three of their last four. I see at least two potential wins on their remaining schedule. My bet is that BYU will get into the WNIT and make some noise. The same goes for Tech.

 

Tier Four

10. Houston (13-12, 4-10) – Last Week — 12

11. TCU (16-9, 3-11) – Last Week — 14

12. Oklahoma State (12-13, 5-9) – Last Week — 13

13. UCF (12-12, 3-11) – Last Week — 11

14. Cincinnati (12-13, 4-10) – Last Week — 10

TCU may not be on the fourth tier much longer now that Madison Conner is back. One player isn’t going to get the Horned Frogs into the NCAA Tournament. But she could help make things fun for TCU down the stretch. But, these teams are either splitting for the week or getting swept for the week. For each, staying better than .500 is key if they hope to get a WNIT bid, which is possible for any of them over that .500 line.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.