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Big 12 update: No. 5 Texas Longhorns, No. 10 Baylor Lady Bears and No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats continue to climb the rankings

Three teams from the Big 12 are in the top 15—and climbing. Here’s what makes Texas, Baylor and K-State three of the nation’s best teams.

Wisconsin v Kansas State
Ayoka Lee takes the ball to the basket in No. 12 Kansas State’s mid-November win over Wisconsin.
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All three Big 12 teams—Texas, Baylor and Kansas State—that have consistently been in the top 25 have continued to rise in the rankings. Let's check on how each team is doing before conference play kicks off later this month.


No. 5 Texas Longhorns (10-0)

Texas was put to the test versus UConn and rose to the challenge, beating the Huskies 80-68. Rori Harmon and Madison Booker went off, scoring a combined 47 points. The Longhorns have yet to lose and are now a top-five team in the nation. Their next game is against Arizona, but their toughest challenge on the horizon—a matchup versus Baylor on Dec. 30.

No. 10 Baylor Lady Bears (7-0)

Speaking of Baylor, the Lady Bears are matching Texas, staying undefeated. They’re currently 7-0 and in the top ten in the AP rankings. Dre'Una Edwards continues to be a certified bucket for Baylor, leading the team with 13.7 points a game. Guard Aijha Blackwell leads the team in rebounding, pulling 7.4 boards a night.

Baylor’s depth has allowed them to perform in non-conference play; they have another date with a top-25 team this Saturday against No. 24 Miami. With how well Baylor has been playing, my guess is they will win that game by double digits and continue establishing, or re-establishing, their dominance in the college basketball world.

No. 12 Kansas State Wildcats (9-1)

Kansas State isn't too far behind their Big 12 peers, coming in at No. 12 and racking up nine wins to just one loss. Led by Ayoka Lee, the Wildcats have played above preseason projections and look to be in the mix for the Big 12 championship once conference play begins.

With two wins versus ranked teams in hand, Kansas State looks primed to run the table for the rest of the calendar year. Their next big challenge won't come until 2024—but it'll be a big one. K-State faces Texas at home on Jan. 13. They likely won't be favored in that matchup. But as long as Lee is on the floor and the focal point of the offense, the Wildcats will have a good chance at challenging the Longhorns.

Key takeaways

Conference play has yet to begin, but the Big 12 is already performing well. Each week, the conference’s top teams continue to climb up the national rankings, demonstrate the Big 12 is one of the best conferences in the nation. It'll be fascinating to watch this trio of teams battle it out in conference play. Luckily, we only have to wait a couple more weeks to see it happen.

Until then, keep an eye out for any potential upsets, and don't forget the unranked—yet still unbeaten—teams like Texas Tech and TCU. They don't have big wins under their belt, but once the Big 12 play begins, they might surprise and start making noise.