The number of Big 12 teams ranked in top 25 of the national polls is dwindling. According to the latest Associated Press weekly poll. What was five a week ago is now down to three Big 12 teams ranked in the top 25 (7. Kansas, 11. Iowa State, 19. Texas).
Oklahoma State, once No. 8 in the AP poll has dropped out entirely in both the AP and USA Today polls, and Oklahoma dropped to No. 25 in the USA Today poll and fell out of the AP rankings after going 1-1 last week with a loss at West Viginia and a home win over struggling Baylor.
Five Big 12 teams (1. Kansas, 13. Iowa State., 21. Oklahoma, 27. Texas, 28. Kansas State) are ranked in the top 30 in RPI, which takes into account a team’s won-lost record, strength of schedule as well as the same two components of the opponents a team plays during the sesaon, six in the top 50 (36. Oklahoma State) and seven in the top 75 (65. West Virginia).
The Big 12 has three teams (4. Iowa State, 6. Oklahoma State and 9. Oklahoma) in the top-10 national in points per game. Through games of Saturday, Kansas State ranks 21st in the country in scoring defense, giving up an average of 61.8 points per game to its opponents.
Sixty-eight percent of the Big 12 conference games this season have been decided by 11 points or less, and a little more than half (28 of 51) have been decided by nine points or less.
Some other interesting facts and stats from the wacky week that was in Week 14 of the 2013-14 season in Big 12 men’s basketball:
9 – Points by which Kansas trailed Kansas State on Monday night with 1:53 to go in regulation before the Jayhawks rallied to send the game into overtime
11 - Total rebounds by Oklahoma’s Ryan Spangler in two games last week against West Virginia and Baylor. Spangler leads the Big 12 in rebounding this season. In conference games, the 6-8 sophomore forward is averaging 10.5 boards per game.
25 – Margin of victory in West Virginia’s 102-77 victory Monday night over No. 11 Iowa State. The last time the Mountaineers won by that much over a top-25-ranked team was in December 2006, when WVU buried No. 15 Ohio State by 28 points.
36 – Difference in points scored in the first half by the Texas Longhorns in back-to-back games at Kansas State on Saturday and against Oklahoma State on Tuesday, The Longhorns scored just 18 in the opening half at K-State, but had 54 in the first 20 minutes vs. Oklahoma State.
42- Difference in points scored by Iowa State senior and the Big 12 scoring leader Melvin Ejim in the Cyclones’ Monday night loss at West Virginia and the conference-record 48 he scored on Saturday in a win over TCU.
49.2 – The Kansas State shooting percentage in the Cats’ 85-82 overtime victory over Kansas earlier this week. That is the second highest percentage given up this year by the Kansas defense. Duke shot 51 percent in a loss to Kansas in the season opener for both teams.
69.2 – Average points allowed in Big 12 games this season by Texas Tech in its first 10 league games, second best in the conference behind Kansas State (68.4).
76.6 – Scoring average for Big 12 teams this season, the best of any conference in college basketball.
104 – Points scored by West Virginia the last time the mountain men topped the 100 mark before Monday night over Iowa State: Jan. 14, 2006, vs. Marquette.
128 - Texas Tech’s RPI ranking this season, the highest ever for a Red Raiders’ men’s basketball team. The previous high-water mark was an RPI of 66 in the 2009-10 season.