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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Coaches pick Kansas to win Big 12 again

Kansas players, from left, Wayne Selden, Perry Ellis, Frank Mason and Jamari Traylor watch a pair of free throws from Kelly Oubre with head coach Bill Self after a flagrant foul by Baylor during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

Kansas players, from left, Wayne Selden, Perry Ellis, Frank Mason and Jamari Traylor watch a pair of free throws from Kelly Oubre with head coach Bill Self after a flagrant foul by Baylor during the second half on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2014 at Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

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As another college basketball season approaches, the Big 12’s coaches once again pegged Kansas University as the favorite to finish on top of the standings.

This marks the fifth year in a row and the 14th time since the Big 12 opened play in 1996-97 that the Jayhawks were picked to win the regular season.

Each coach in the conference except KU’s Bill Self — coaches can’t vote for their own team in the preseason poll — picked Kansas as the odds on favorite.

Although Oklahoma finished No. 2 in the coaches’ poll, the other first-place vote went to Iowa State, which earned the No. 3 spot.

None by Big 12 Conference

Looking for at least a share of their 12th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, the Jayhawks return Perry Ellis, Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., as well as the majority of the 2014-15 roster.

Kansas has won, or tied for, 14 of the 19 Big 12 regular-season titles, including the last 11 consecutive — a streak which ranks tied for second all-time in NCAA Division I history. Last year KU went 27-9 overall and won the league with a 13-5 record.

BIG 12 2015-16 PRESEASON POLL

No. 1 — Kansas

No. 2 — Oklahoma

No. 3 — Iowa State

No. 4 — Texas

No. 5 — Baylor

No. 6 — West Virginia

No. 7 — Oklahoma State

No. 8 — Kansas State

No. 9 — TCU

No. 10 — Texas Tech

Comments

David Robinett 3 years, 8 months ago

If ISU got one first place vote, doesn't that mean it came from Self?

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

Bulletin borad material for Lon Kruger: They don't respect us!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

2nd overall won't get them overly riled up...

Bryce Landon 3 years, 8 months ago

Who cares about winning the conference? Self needs to figure out how to get past the NCAA Tournament's first weekend.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

I care.

It's one of the most impressive winning streaks in modern-day collegiate athletics.

John Boyle 3 years, 8 months ago

I also care. NCAA tournament wins are great and we certainly would have gone further with a healthy Embid a couple years ago and if Alexander had been eligible last year but to have the consistency to win 11 straight conference titles is amazing.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

I care also but would trade the streak for another NCAA championship.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 8 months ago

Look up National Champions 2008. You'll see that they don't require a trade.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

KU could also very easily have 3 more titles during this conference title streak. KU in 2010 was the overall 1 seed. KU in 2011 had an easy path had they beaten VCU, and KU in 2012 was a couple of made lay ups from winning the title, and possibly could've won the 2013 title as well. I would absolutely trade all 12 conference titles for any 1 of those 4 national titles.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey..keep the streak PLUS win another NCAA title. So much the better. Duke and UConn have won multiple titles since 2008. What would you prefer Brett?

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

Self wasn't responsible for Embiid and Ellis getting hurt, ir the Cliff suspension. KU didn't lose at full strength either of the past two years.

Micky Baker 3 years, 8 months ago

Oh, because he hasn't been to how many Final Fours and 2 National Championship games?

Rodney Crain 3 years, 8 months ago

2 final fours - 2 National Championship games. Record 1-1.

Benz Junque 3 years, 8 months ago

13 of 14 KU Final Four seasons were accompanied by a regular season conference title. If you aren't good enough to win your conference then you probably aren't good enough to make the Final Four. This one or the other schtick that people are on is really stupid. I thought KU fans were more intelligent about the sport...

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

Interesting. 1988 OU wins both reg season and tournament titles. 2008 Texas KU tie but Texas gets the 1 seed AND the tournament title.

But hey...in '52 we did win the reg season title outright.

Still, I don't think anyone believes it's one or the other but watching Duke win 5 NCAA titles since 88, UConn win 4 and UNC and UK each win three does make you wonder a bit.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 8 months ago

3 of the last 5 national champs didn't win their regular season conference title and UConn was a .500 team in conference play in 2011 so apparently the numbers don't agree with your assessment on regular season accomplishments translating to March/April success.

It's nice to win both, but winning a regular season conference title isn't a prerequisite to winning an NCAA title and I'm guessing the number is somewhere around 50% since the tournament expanded to 64 teams for the 1985 tournament.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 8 months ago

So I am going with Aaron's schtick. This changes the light on intelligence it appears for one KU fan. But the was suspect before, not sure anything changed. Nice research Aaron!

Tom Jones 3 years, 8 months ago

Bryce had FIRE BILL SELF as his tag line for awhile, don't forget.

Robert Brock 3 years, 8 months ago

If Diallo is eligible, KU finishes in first place; if Diallo is declared ineligible, KU finishes third.

Better be getting some good transcripts out of Mali, Coach.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 8 months ago

I disagree. I think this years team is better than last years even without Diallo.

Rodney Crain 3 years, 8 months ago

If Fred had stayed at ISU this vote would have been closer, it makes sense now. No surprises really. I still would feel better about a 12th if Diallo is playing, no surprise with that either.

Gerry Butler 3 years, 8 months ago

ALWAY great to hear your positive feed back Bryce.very refreshing always something new. LIKE FIRE BILL SELF oh can't wait to her this - - - -AGAIN.don't let me down Bryce ROCK CHALK ALL DAY LOG BABY

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