Blair Kerkhoff

First in standing, eighth in power ranking?

Kansas State players on the bench celebrated in the final moments of an of the Wildcats’ 63-61 over Baylor on Jan. 17 in Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State players on the bench celebrated in the final moments of an of the Wildcats’ 63-61 over Baylor on Jan. 17 in Manhattan, Kan. The Associated Press

Big 12 Conference power rankings

1. Iowa State (2)

2. Kansas (1)

3. Oklahoma (5)

4. Texas (6)

5. West Virginia (4)

6. Baylor (7)

7. Oklahoma State (3)

8. Kansas State (8)

9. TCU (9)

10. Texas Tech (10)

Notes: First in the Big 12 standings, eighth in the power poll? That’s Kansas State. Heading into Monday’s action, the Wildcats top the Big 12 with a 4-1 record. But the 7-6 nonconference mark, the league’s worst, knocks K-State back in the body-of-work argument. Still, the Wildcats’ trajectory points toward the NCAA Tournament at this pace. They play at Iowa State on Tuesday.

Southeastern Conference power rankings

1.Kentucky (1)

2. Georgia (6)

3. Tennessee (10)

4. Arkansas (2)

5. Florida (4)

6. LSU (5)

7. Mississippi (7)

8. South Carolina (9)

9. Alabama (3)

10. Texas A&M (11)

11. Auburn (13)

12. Vanderbilt (8)

13. Missouri (12)

14. Mississippi State (14)

Notes: Great week for Tennessee. The Vols knocked off Arkansas and did not let down in a trip to Missouri. They’ve won seven of eight and start the week tied with Florida for second place. The Razorbacks went 0-2 on the week, including a home loss to Mississippi.

Big 12 weekly awards

▪ Player: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Note: Scored 27 against Oklahoma State

▪ Rookie: Kelly Oubre, Kansas

Note: Averaged 12 points and seven rebounds last week

SEC weekly awards

▪ Player: Armani Moore, Tennessee

Note: Big against Mizzou with 15 points, 10 rebounds

▪ Freshman: Devin Booker, Kentucky

Note: Scored 13 at Alabama

Projecting NCAA Tournament field

Seed

Midwest (Cleveland)

EAST (Syracuse, N.Y.)

South (Houston)

West (Los Angeles)

1

Kentucky

Virginia

Villanova

Gonzaga

2

Wisconsin

Kansas

Duke

Arizona

3

Notre Dame

Maryland

West Virginia

Iowa State

4

Oklahoma

Utah

VCU

Wichita State

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