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2011 Mar 01
Big 12 Hoops Rankings, Week 7
No. 1 Kansas(27-2, 12-2)
Last Game: Beat Oklahoma State 92-65 and Oklahoma 82-70
Summary: The schedule has been kind to KU. Most of the big games were spaced out nicely, and the Jayhawks never had to play a road game before a Big Monday. Bill Self made another wise coaching move – although inadvertently, we're sure – when he suspended Tyshawn Taylor. Kansas is better without him.
Next Game: vs. Texas A&M and at Missouri
No. 2 Texas (24-6 12-3)
Last Game: Beat Iowa State, lost to Colorado 91-89 and Kansas State 75-70
Summary: UT's freshmen are hitting the wall and losing their intensity. The back-to-back grind with Saturday-Monday losses will test the Longhorns mightily.
Next Game: at Baylor. The Bears have more to play for.
No. 3 Kansas State (22-9, 9-6)
Last Game: Beat Nebraska 61-57, Missouri 80-70 and Texas 75-70
Summary: Jacob Pullen is making a late run at a potentially deserved Big 12 Player of the Year award, but K-State's resurgence is a team thing. KSU had to boot a couple cancers to the curb and get a huge break when the university ruled Curtis Kelly is still eligible to play despite rumored violations to the student handbook. Who wants to play Wildcats? Nobody. They're the arguing family in the corner that knows how to protect its own.
Next Game: vs. Iowa State
No. 4 Texas A&M(22-6, 9-5)
Last Game: Beat Oklahoma 61-47, lost to Baylor 58-51
Summary: The Aggies have plateaued. Tough team that makes opponents earn their bread...but doesn't much bread of its own. No outside shooting.
Next Game: at Kansas and vs. Texas Tech
No. 5 Missouri (22-7, 8-6)
Last Game: Beat Baylor 77-59 and lost to Kansas State 80-70
Summary: No shame in the loss at Manhattan, although getting outrebounded 39-24 is a fairly ominous sign for postseason play. Or maybe it isn't; the Tigers just don't play that well away from home. Now that's ominous.
Next Game: at Nebraska and vs. Kansas
No. 6 Colorado (18-11, 7-7)
Last Game: Beat Texas Tech 71-68 and Texas 91-89
Summary: Alec Burks made a little extra money Saturday with that 33-point performance against one of the best on-ball defensive teams in the country. Burks is the deal, man. He'll make some NBA team very happy.
Next Game: at Iowa State, vs. Nebraska
No. 7 Baylor (18-10, 7-7)
Last Game: Lost to Missouri 77-59, beat Texas A&M 58-51
Summary: Bear guard Lace Dunn is the most prolific scorer in Big 12 history. Given the way star players move in and out of this league to the NBA – and given that the Big 12 is probably dead in five years – I doubt anybody unseats him.
Next Game: at Oklahoma State, vs. Texas. A NCAA Tourney bid is on the line.
No. 8 Nebraska (18-10, 6-8)
Last Game: Lost to Kansas State 61-57 and Iowa State 83-82
Summary: How could NU get lulled into a shootout with the Cyclones, who can only win a shootout? Ugh.
Next Game: vs. Missouri, at Colorado.
No. 9 Oklahoma State (17-11, 5-9)
Last Game: Lost to Kansas 92-65, beat Texas Tech 70-68
Summary: A NIT bid is a decent reward for a team pummeled by injuries and a key suspension. Next year for the Pokes.
Next Game: vs. Baylor, at Oklahoma
No. 10 Oklahoma (12-16, 4-10)
Last Game: Lost to Texas A&M 61-47 and Kansas 82-70
Summary: Blake Griffin lost his point guard, Baron Davis, to Cleveland in a trade last week.
Next Game: at Texas Tech, vs Oklahoma State
No. 11 Texas Tech (12-17, 4-10)
Last Game: Lost to Colorado 71-68 and Oklahoma State 70-68
Summary: Tech will spoil somebody's party at the Big 12 Tournament. You watch.
Next: vs. Oklahoma, at Texas A&M
No. 12 Iowa State (15-14, 2-12)
Last Game: Lost to Texas 76-53 and beat Nebraska 83-82
Summary: ISU spoiled NU's NCAA Tournament hopes. Next up...
Next game: vs. Colorado, at Kansas State
Updated Awards/Bubble List
Player of the Year: Marcus Morris, Kansas
Coach of the Year: Bill Self, Kansas
Freshman of the Year: Perry Jones, Baylor
G Jacob Pullen, Kansas State
G Marcus Denmon, Missouri
G Lace Dunn, Baylor
F Marcus Morris, Kansas
F Jordan Hamilton, Texas
NCAA Tournament (as of Feb. 21)
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