Kansas Picked to Win 14th Straight Big-12 Title

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The Kansas Jayhawks were picked as Preseason Big-12 Favorites on Thursday, receiving all nine possible first-place votes as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

This is the sixth consecutive year that the Jayhawks are the preseason pick to win the Big-12 conference. West Virginia was chosen second while TCU, Texas, and Baylor rounded out the top five. Oklahoma was the sixth selection followed by Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Earlier this month, Kansas senior point guard Devonté Graham was named as the Big-12 Preseason Player of the Year, as Kansas transfer guard Malik Newman was named Big-12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year.

Big-12 Media Day will be held next week on Tuesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Kansas will play an exhibition game against Missouri on Saturday to raise money to benefit hurricane victims across the United States and its territories.

Sixty percent of Big 12 teams competed in the NCAA Championship last season with three squads advancing to the Sweet 16. Additionally, TCU captured the Big 12’s second NIT title.

The Conference has had at least six 20-win teams for 11 consecutive seasons, including each of the five years since it began competing with 10 teams. Every Big 12 squad had double-digit victory totals in 2016-17.

Last year, Iowa State defeated West Virginia 80-74 in the 2017 Big-12 Championship to take home their fourth Big-12 tournament championship.

The full poll and votes received are listed below:

2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Poll

1. Kansas (9)* 81
2. West Virginia (1) 71
3. TCU 64
4. Texas 49
5. Baylor 47
6. Oklahoma 43
7. Texas Tech 36
8. Kansas State 27
9. Iowa State 22
10. Oklahoma State 10

* – Unanimous Selection
Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.

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