Kansas has been selected as the prohibitive favorite in the Big 12 men’s basketball preseason poll, receiving nine of 10 possible first-place votes in balloting by league coaches.
Big 12 officials announced the results today. The lone remaining first-place vote went to Baylor, which finished second. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
TCU, a first-year Big 12 member, finished last in balloting behind Texas Tech, last year’s league cellar-dweller. The projected order of finish: Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas State, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU.
Kansas lost to Kentucky in last year’s NCAA championship game. Baylor fell to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
Below is a loot at the balloting:
2012-13 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Team (First-place votes) Points
1. Kansas (9)* 81
2. Baylor (1) 63
3. Oklahoma State 60
4. Texas 58
5. Kansas State 54
6. West Virginia 45
7. Oklahoma 34
8. Iowa State 28
9. Texas Tech 18
10. TCU 9
* - Unanimous Selection
Nine points were awarded for first place, eight for second, etc.
Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.
_ Jimmy Burch