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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jayhawks a unanimous pick to win 14th consecutive Big 12 men’s basketball title

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrate with a 13-straight conference title towel following the Jayhawks' win over TCU.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Devonte' Graham (4) celebrate with a 13-straight conference title towel following the Jayhawks' win over TCU.

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History awaits.

That's the message sent by the Big 12 men's basketball coaches on Thursday morning, when the conference revealed that Kansas was a unanimous selection to win its 14th consecutive Big 12 regular season title, breaking a tie with UCLA for the most all-time.

KU received all nine first-place votes from the rest of the league's coaches and finished 10 points ahead of second-place West Virginia in the preseason standings.

Because coaches cannot vote for their own teams, WVU received one first-place vote, from KU coach Bill Self, to finish second on the list with 71 points.

TCU (64), Texas (49) and Baylor (47) rounded out the Top 5.

Thursday marked the 16th time in the 22-year history of the Big 12 Conference that Kansas was picked as the preseason favorite. According to a KU press release, the preseason favorite has gone on to finish first in the regular season 14 times, which does not include 1996-97 as a coaches' poll was not conducted.

Kansas has won, or tied for, 17 of the 21 Big 12 regular-season titles, including the last 13 consecutive, a streak which ranks tied for first all-time in NCAA Division I history with UCLA (1967-79). Kansas has been the preseason favorite in 13 of its 17 Big 12 regular-season titles.

Thursday's poll merely marked the latest honor in a busy preseason for the Kansas basketball program, which also saw senior point guard Devonte' Graham picked as the Big 12's preseason player of the year, sophomore guard Malik Newman named the preseason newcomer of the year and Graham, Newman and Svi Mykhaililuk all earn preseason all-Big 12 accolades.

Here's a look at the complete preseason coaches poll:

1 - Kansas - 81 (9)

2 - West Virginia - 71 (1)

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

Comments

Craig Carson 1 month ago

Id gladly trade a Big 12 title for a FF and NC!!!!!..if the streak has to stop for KU to finally make it past the elite 8 again..I say let that m!@#$%^&*(r end LOL

Joe Joseph 1 month ago

There is absolutely no link between winning conference titles and a relative lack of tournament success.

Dirk Medema 1 month ago

Even if we weren't head and shoulders above the rest - on paper - it seems that we've gotten past the days of picking someone else because the streak can't go on forever. It seems to be moving more into the realm of got to top them on the court before predicting otherwise.

Phil Leister 1 month ago

If KU received 9 first place votes, then I think the word "presumably" can be removed when mentioning Bill Self voting for WVU. Math.

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