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.
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.
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