Big 12 Power Rankings: February 16, 2018

This week’s Power Rankings post is my 13th edition of the season. Last week, for the first time this season, I took a look at conference-only efficiency data, without any of the adjustments for competition or outside influences. It’s just the raw data. Let’s do that again this week.

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How about 6-7 Baylor having a better efficiency margin than 9-4 Kansas? That speaks to the extreme competition within this conference. On any given night, any team can compete and defeat any other team. That’s how you get 4-9 Iowa State beating 10-3 Texas Tech and 8-5 West Virginia. I know people might get a little tired of the “this league has no nights off and is the deepest conference I’ve ever seen” talk, but when it’s true, it’s true.

Let’s get into the rankings. Included this week: Texas Tech’s motion offense, Bill Self loves his lobs, West Virginia’s declining defense, Dylan Osetkowski’s hair (we need to talk about it), and more!

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

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Big 12 Power Rankings: February 9, 2018

This week’s Power Rankings post is my 12th edition of the season. One thing I have yet to do this season is show conference only statistics in this post. In each team’s section, all of the offensive and defensive statistics are from Kenpom’s season-long figures, adjusted for competition and recency. I have yet to take a look at the raw conference data. Here it is for where we are in this Big 12 season.

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West Virginia and Texas Tech are pulling away from the rest of the conference from a raw efficiency margin standpoint in conference play, but yet, Kansas is right there at the top of the league yet again (tied with Texas Tech). This speaks to how good Kansas is in close games under Bill Self. They should not be tied for 1st place right now, but they are, because they seemingly always are the victor in close games. Kansas is 60-25 in games decided by 6 points or fewer or games that reach OT since 2011 — the best record in the country in that time frame. That’s how Kansas can be tied for 1st place in the league right now despite trailing West Virginia by 6.5 points and Texas Tech by 4.1 points in net margin in Big 12 play.

Let’s get into the ranking. Included this week: Devonte Graham’s assists, some team comps for Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and TCU, why West Virginia might be in better shape than people realize for the regular season crown, and more!

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: January 26th, 2018 Edition

This week’s Power Rankings post is my 11th edition of the season. Included this week: Bill Self is an offensive genius, Alex Robinson is a pick and roll genius, I weigh in on the Trae Young debate, I speculate wildly about Scott Drew’s future at Baylor, and more! Let’s get into this week’s rankings.

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: January 19th, 2018 Edition

This week’s Power Rankings post is my 10th edition of the season (double-digits!). No need for too much extraneous fluff, these posts are long enough — let’s dive right into this week’s rankings.

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: January 12th, 2018 Edition

This week’s Power Rankings post is my 9th edition of the season. Each Big 12 team has played four conference games, and it looks like we’re headed for a very tight and very competitive four team race for the regular season title. The word count in this week’s post comes in at over 7,800, so there’s no need for me to waste any more of them here. Let’s get to it — the usual mission statement and key statistics breakdown is up next. Keep scrolling for the rankings and analysis.

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: January 4th, 2018 Edition

This is the 8th edition of my Big 12 Power Rankings and the first edition posted after Big 12 conference games have been played. In the first week of conference play, road teams went 8-2, Kansas lost at home to Texas Tech for the first time ever, and Trae Young had a 27/10/9 line that felt oddly average (for him). What a great first week. Let’s dive into the rankings. But first!

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading

Big 12 Power Rankings: December 29th, 2017 Edition – Conference Reset

This is the 7th edition of my Big 12 Power Rankings. The Big 12 season tips off today. I seriously cannot wait. The debate over the “best” conference in the country is often confusing to me. Are we talking about the conference with the most teams who could win it all or the conference that has the highest number of good teams or the conference with the fewest amount of weak teams? We can’t debate this if we don’t know the guidelines of the debate. Nonetheless, there is no argument to this — the conference is clearly the deepest in the country.

This week’s post is going to be a bit different than weeks past. There’s only been six games involving Big 12 teams since last Thursday’s post, and only two of them really mattered: Texas/Alabama and Northwestern/Oklahoma. So there won’t be any game clips or in-depth breakdowns of things I’ve noticed in the last week. Instead, I’m going to use each team’s space as an opportunity to be both optimistic and pessimistic about that team based on a statistic or trend I’ve noticed so far this season. This is a good way to examine a major strength and weakness of each team as we forecast how this conference season will go.

It’s a reset as we head into conference play. The order of this week’s rankings are representative of what I think the conference standings will look like once the conference season is completed in early March. I will include a projected conference record for each team in their section.

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. Give it a read if you’re new. Continue reading