Big 12 Power Rankings: December 7th, 2017 Edition

Today will be the fourth edition of my Big 12 Power Rankings since I’ve started this blog. Thanks to everyone who read last week. That post had by far the most views of any article I’ve written this season. Glad people are enjoying it; hopefully this week is no different. If you like what you read, feel free to share it on social media or your go-to team forums. It would be much appreciated.

All of my previous Power Rankings posts, as well as the season previews I wrote, can be found at this link. For any newcomers, below is a blurb I wrote in my first Power Rankings post this season. (If you’ve been here before, go ahead and skip ahead to the good stuff.) The below inset is what I’ve decided is essentially my mission statement for this weekly article.

“Two of my favorite basketball writers on the Internet are Zach Lowe and Luke Winn. I guess I should say “were” for one of those guys as Luke Winn was hired by the Toronto Raptors (!) in the summer of 2017 as Director of Prospect Strategy. Lowe covers the NBA and Winn did cover college basketball for Sports Illustrated. The best part about reading these guys is that you learn something new about basketball, whether it’s a team or a player, every time that you read their stuff. They inform you in intelligent ways without relying on the standard hot take-isms or journalistic tropes. They notice things about teams or players while watching games and then show it to their readers, whether through game clips or data-based analysis, and they do it in a way that is digestible and thought-provoking.

I do not have the talent that these two guys have, but my goal is to provide you with a similar look at the Big 12 every week with my weekly Big 12 Power Rankings post. I will rank the teams 1 through 10, but that’s not really what matters here (but feel free to let me know if your team should obviously be ranked 5th instead of 6th). What I want to provide are statistics, analysis, game clips, or just random observations that I’ve made that help you to learn more about a team or a player on that team. And sometimes, I just might include a funny anecdote or item about a team if there’s a slow week. Some weeks, I’ll write more about some teams than other teams. The bigger the game or a week a school has, the more likely I am to go a little deeper on them. Everyone will get their fair share in the end. Just like Lowe and Winn, I want to inform you and give you thought-provoking and compelling analysis on the Big 12 that you’re not getting anywhere else on the Internet. Alright, let’s jump in.”


Before I get into each team, let’s just talk real quick about how good the Big 12 has been in this first month of the season. The league is currently 69-12. That’s a winning percentage of 85%, which is the best in the nation for any conference. Continue reading

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Big 12 Power Rankings: November 30th, 2017 Edition

Welcome to the third edition of the Big 12 Power Rankings here at The Big 12 Basketblog. If you haven’t read either of my first two Power Rankings posts, or the season previews I did on each Big 12 teams, you can find any of those posts at this link. Because this blog is still fairly new, I’m going to include what I’ve essentially termed my mission statement for this weekly article yet again. The two paragraphs below were the intro for my first Power Rankings post, and I’ll keep including this for a bit. So if you’ve been here before, just go ahead and skip past the below inset.

“Two of my favorite basketball writers on the Internet are Zach Lowe and Luke Winn. I guess I should say “were” for one of those guys as Luke Winn was hired by the Toronto Raptors (!) in the summer of 2017 as Director of Prospect Strategy. Lowe covers the NBA and Winn did cover college basketball for Sports Illustrated. The best part about reading these guys is that you learn something new about basketball, whether it’s a team or a player, every time that you read their stuff. They inform you in intelligent ways without relying on the standard hot take-isms or journalistic tropes. They notice things about teams or players while watching games and then show it to their readers, whether through game clips or data-based analysis, and they do it in a way that is digestible and thought-provoking.

I do not have the talent that these two guys have, but my goal is to provide you with a similar look at the Big 12 every week with my weekly Big 12 Power Rankings post. I will rank the teams 1 through 10, but that’s not really what matters here (but feel free to let me know if your team should obviously be ranked 5th instead of 6th). What I want to provide are statistics, analysis, game clips, or just random observations that I’ve made that help you to learn more about a team or a player on that team. And sometimes, I just might include a funny anecdote or item about a team if there’s a slow week. Some weeks, I’ll write more about some teams than other teams. The bigger the game or a week a school has, the more likely I am to go a little deeper on them. Everyone will get their fair share in the end. Just like Lowe and Winn, I want to inform you and give you thought-provoking and compelling analysis on the Big 12 that you’re not getting anywhere else on the Internet. Alright, let’s jump in.”


As per usual, here’s a breakdown on the key Kenpom statistics and metrics that will be shown for each team every week. These will always be shown right below the header for each team. Ken Pomeroy’s blog post explaining these metrics can be read here. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: November 23rd, 2017 Edition

Welcome to the Feast Week Edition of the Big 12 Power Rankings. For anyone who is new here, and didn’t read last week’s Power Rankings, hello! First, here’s a link to those Power Rankings. There are some good nuggets in there looking back at the first week of college basketball action. Second, below is the intro I wrote in last week’s rankings. It includes what I guess I could call the mission statement for this weekly post. Give it a read before you dive into this week’s rankings.

“Two of my favorite basketball writers on the Internet are Zach Lowe and Luke Winn. I guess I should say “were” for one of those guys as Luke Winn was hired by the Toronto Raptors (!) in the summer of 2017 as Director of Prospect Strategy. Lowe covers the NBA and Winn did cover college basketball for Sports Illustrated. The best part about reading these guys is that you learn something new about basketball, whether it’s a team or a player, every time that you read their stuff. They inform you in intelligent ways without relying on the standard hot take-isms or journalistic tropes. They notice things about teams or players while watching games and then show it to their readers, whether through game clips or data-based analysis, and they do it in a way that is digestible and thought-provoking.

I do not have the talent that these two guys have, but my goal is to provide you with a similar look at the Big 12 every week with my weekly Big 12 Power Rankings post. I will rank the teams 1 through 10, but that’s not really what matters here (but feel free to let me know if your team should obviously be ranked 5th instead of 6th). What I want to provide are statistics, analysis, game clips, or just random observations that I’ve made that help you to learn more about a team or a player on that team. And sometimes, I just might include a funny anecdote or item about a team if there’s a slow week. Some weeks, I’ll write more about some teams than other teams. The bigger the game or a week a school has, the more likely I am to go a little deeper on them. Everyone will get their fair share in the end. Just like Lowe and Winn, I want to inform you and give you thought-provoking and compelling analysis on the Big 12 that you’re not getting anywhere else on the Internet. Alright, let’s jump in.”

Four Big 12 teams have played in holiday tournaments so far this season, and three have come home with the trophy. Iowa State won the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Baylor won the Hall of Fame Classic, and Texas Tech won the Hall of Fame Tip-Off. (I’m not sure who decides who has priority in calling their Hall of Fame holiday tournament Classic or Tip-Off, but one of you, maybe change your name?). Oklahoma State finished 3rd in the Legends Classic. Starting today, we’ll get to see five more Big 12 teams play in these tournaments, which should help us learn a lot more about those five squads. The teams and their tournaments are as follows:
•  West Virginia: Advocare Invitational — Thursday, Friday, Sunday in Orlando, FL
•  TCU: Emerald Coast Classic — Friday, Saturday in Destin, FL
•  Oklahoma: PK80 Invitational — Thursday, Friday, Sunday in Portland, OR
•  Texas: PK80 Invitational — Thursday, Friday, Sunday in Portland, OR
•  Kansas State: Las Vegas Invitational — Thursday, Friday in Las Vegas, NV Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: November 16th, 2017 Edition

Two of my favorite basketball writers on the Internet are Zach Lowe and Luke Winn. I guess I should say “were” for one of those guys as Luke Winn was hired by the Toronto Raptors (!) in the summer of 2017 as Director of Prospect Strategy. Lowe covers the NBA and Winn did cover college basketball for Sports Illustrated. The best part about reading these guys is that you learn something new about basketball, whether it’s a team or a player, every time that you read their stuff. They inform you in intelligent ways without relying on the standard hot take-isms or journalistic tropes. They notice things about teams or players while watching games and then show it to their readers, whether through game clips or data-based analysis, and they do it in a way that is digestible and thought-provoking.

I do not have the talent that these two guys have, but my goal is to provide you with a similar look at the Big 12 every week with my weekly Big 12 Power Rankings post. I will rank the teams 1 through 10, but that’s not really what matters here (but feel free to let me know if your team should obviously be ranked 5th instead of 6th). What I want to provide are statistics, analysis, game clips, or just random observations that I’ve made that help you to learn more about a team or a player on that team. And sometimes, I just might include a funny anecdote or item about a team if there’s a slow week. Some weeks, I’ll write more about some teams than other teams. The bigger the game or a week a school has, the more likely I am to go a little deeper on them. Everyone will get their fair share in the end. Just like Lowe and Winn, I want to inform you and give you thought-provoking and compelling analysis on the Big 12 that you’re not getting anywhere else on the Internet. Alright, let’s jump in. Continue reading

2018 Big 12 Preseason Power Rankings: #1 Kansas Jayhawks

Our projected winner of the Big 12 this season: the Kansas Jayhawks

Key Details:

  • Notable Departures: Frank Mason, Josh Jackson, Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg
  • Notable Returning Players: Devonte’ Graham, Lagerald Vick, Svi Mykhailiuk, Udoka Azubuike, Mitch Lightfoot
  • Notable Newcomers: Malik Newman (Transfer from Mississippi State), Billy Preston (5 star PF), Sam Cunliffe (Transfer from Arizona State), Marcus Garrett (4 star PG)
  • Link to Incoming Recruiting Class
  • Projected Starting Five:
    • Devonte’ Graham
    • Malik Newman
    • Lagerald Vick
    • Svi Mykhailiuk
    • Udoka Azubuike
  • Projected Bench Contributors:
    • Billy Preston
    • Marcus Garrett
    • Sam Cunliffe (Eligible after 1st semester)
    • Mitch Lightfoot

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2018 Big 12 Preseason Power Rankings: #2 West Virginia Mountaineers

Our projected 2nd place finisher in the Big 12 this season: the West Virginia Mountaineers

Key Details:

  • Notable Departures: Nathan Adrian, Tarik Phillip, Elijah Macon, Teyvon Myers, Brandon Watkins
  • Notable Returning Players: Jevon Carter, Esa Ahmad, Daxter Miles, Lamont West, Sagaba Konate, James Bolden, Maciej Bender
  • Notable Newcomers: Brandon Knapper (3 star PG), D’Angelo Hunter (3 star JUCO SF), Teddy Allen (3 star SG), Wesley Harris (3 star JUCO SF)
  • Link to Incoming Recruiting Class
  • Projected Starting Five:
    • Jevon Carter
    • Daxter Miles Jr.
    • Lamont West
    • Esa Ahmad
    • Sagaba Konate
  • Projected Bench Contributors:
    • Maciej Bender
    • James Bolden
    • Wesley Harris
    • Teddy Allen
    • D’Angelo Hunter
    • Chase Harler

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2018 Big 12 Preseason Power Rankings: #3 TCU Horned Frogs

Our projected 3rd place finisher in the Big 12 this season: the TCU Horned Frogs

Key Details:

  • Notable Departures: Karviar Shepherd, Chris Washburn, Brandon Parrish, Michael Williams, Josh Parrish
  • Notable Returning Players: Alex Robinson, Jaylen Fisher, Kenrich Williams, JD Miller, Vladimir Brodziansky, Desmond Bane
  • Notable Newcomers: Ahmed Hamdy (Grad Transfer from VCU), Kevin Samuel (4 star C), R.J. Nembhard (4 star SG), Lat Mayen (3 star PF), Shawn Olden (JUCO 3 star G), Kouat Noi (Redshirt FR – 3 star F)
  • Link to Incoming Recruiting Class
  • Projected Starting Five:
    • Alex Robinson
    • Jaylen Fisher
    • JD Miller
    • Kenrich Williams
    • Vladimir Brodziansky
  • Projected Bench Contributors:
    • Desmond Bane
    • Ahmed Hamdy
    • Kouat Noi
    • Kevin Samuel
    • Shawn Olden

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