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Big 12, SEC power rankings, players of the week and NCAA projections

LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) lost the ball as he drove to the basket between Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) and forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) on Feb. 10. Kentucky won 71-69.
LSU forward Jordan Mickey (25) lost the ball as he drove to the basket between Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) and forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15) on Feb. 10. Kentucky won 71-69. The Associated Press

Big 12 power rankings

Last week’s rank in parentheses

1.Kansas (1)

2. Iowa State (2)

3. Baylor (3)

4. Oklahoma (4)

5. Texas (7)

6. Oklahoma State (6)

7. West Virginia (5)

8. Kansas State (8)

9. TCU (10)

10. Texas Tech (9)

▪ Notes: Saturday was a rough day for the Oklahoma schools, with Oklahoma falling at Kansas State and Oklahoma State losing by 15 at TCU. The Horned Frogs scored 70 for the first time since December.

▪ NCAA Tournament (if season ended today): Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia

NIT: Kansas State, TCU

▪ Players of the week (selected by the conference): Kansas’ Perry Ellis and Oklahoma State’s Le’Bryan Nash shared player-of-the-week honors, and Oklahoma senior TaShawn Thomas and Texas freshman Myles Turner shared the rookie of the week award.

SEC power rankings

Last week’s rank in parentheses

1.Kentucky (1)

2. Arkansas (2)

3. Mississippi (3)

4. Georgia (5)

5. Texas A&M (4)

6. LSU (6)

7. Tennessee (8)

8. Alabama (9)

9. Florida (7)

10. Vanderbilt (11)

11. Mississippi State (10)

12. Auburn (12)

13. South Carolina (13)

14. Missouri (14)

▪ Notes: Arkansas has won seven of eight, falling only at Florida in the final moments, and the schedule is favorable for a fast finish. LSU responded to a heartbreaking loss to Kentucky with an 18-point victory at Tennessee.

▪ NCAA Tournament (if season ended today): Kentucky, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, LSU

NIT: Texas A&M, Tennessee, Alabama

▪ Players of the week (selected by the conference): Arkansas center Bobby Portis, the SEC scoring leader who poured in 22 points in Saturday’s victory at Auburn, and Kentucky freshman Karl Anthony-Towns, who had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a victory at LSU last Tuesday, were chosen player and freshman of the week.

NCAA Tournament top-four seed projection

Seed

Midwest (Cleveland)

East (Syracuse, N.Y.)

West (Los Angeles)

South (Houston)

1

Kentucky

Virginia

Gonzaga

Duke

2

Arizona

Villanova

Kansas

Wisconsin

3

Notre Dame

Iowa State

Louisville

Utah

4

Baylor

Maryland

North Carolina

Arkansas

To reach Blair Kerkhoff, call 816-234-4730 or send email to bkerkhoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @BlairKerkhoff.

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