The Kansas men's basketball team has been picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll along with Texas A&M;, the conference announced Thursday.
KU picked up five of a possible nine first-place votes, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.
It's the 11th time since the Big 12's inception that the Jayhawks have been picked to win the league.
KU has won at least a share of the regular-season conference title in each of the last seven years.
The Jayhawks' unofficial beginning to the season is Friday, when they take part in Late Night at the Phog beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Fieldhouse.
Big 12 preseason coaches poll
Team (First-place Votes) Points
T1. Kansas (5) 73
T1. Texas A&M; (2) 73
3.Baylor (2) 63
4.Missouri (1) 61
6.Kansas State 39
7.Oklahoma State 33
8.Iowa State 27
T9. Oklahoma 15
T9. Texas Tech 15