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Blair Kerkhoff’s basketball power rankings: KU returns to top of Big 12

Big 12 power rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Kansas (2)

2. Iowa State (1)

3. Baylor (6)

4. West Virginia (5)

5. Texas (4)

6. Oklahoma (3)

7. Kansas State (8)

8. Oklahoma State (7)

9. Texas Tech (10)

10. TCU (9)

▪ Notes: How to separate Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia? The Longhorns beat the Mountaineers by 27, the Mountaineers beat the Sooners by 21, and OU beat Texas by 21. Kansas had the best week, defeating Oklahoma and Texas, and the Jayhawks now have two road victories against ranked Big 12 teams.

▪ Players of the week (selected by the conference): Baylor forward Rico Gathers and Kansas State forward Nino Williams (co-players); Kansas forward Cliff Alexander (newcomer).

SEC power rankings

Last week’s ranking in parentheses

1. Kentucky (1)

2. Arkansas (4)

3. Georgia (2)

4. LSU (6)

5. Texas A&M (10)

6. Tennessee (3)

7. Mississippi (7)

8. Alabama (9)

9. Florida (5)

10. Vanderbilt (12)

11. Mississippi State (14)

12. South Carolina (8)

13. Auburn (11)

14. Missouri (13)

▪ Notes: LSU had a momentum-building week with two road victories, a blowout of Florida and in overtime at Vanderbilt. Mississippi State climbed out of the basement with a victory at Auburn, leaving Vandy, South Carolina and Mizzou (1-5 league records) to fight it out at the bottom.

▪ Players of the week (selected by the conference): Georgia guard J.J. Frazier (player) and Kentucky guard Devin Booker (freshman)

NCAA Tournament top-four seed projections

Seed

Midwest (Cleveland)

East (Syracuse, N.Y.)

West (Los Angeles)

South (Houston)

1

Kentucky

Virginia

Gonzaga

Duke

2

Wisconsin

Kansas

Arizona

Villanova

3

Notre Dame

Wichita State

Louisville

Utah

4

North Carolina

Maryland

Iowa State

VCU

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

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