Kansas picked to win Big 12 again

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Death. Taxes. Bill Self and Kansas winning at least a share of the Big 12 title.

That’s been true the last 12 years, according to a preseason poll, which was released on Thursday, the Jayhawks are expected to do so again for the thirteenth year in a row in 2016-17. Kansas was a unanimous selection by the coaches, receiving nine first-place votes (coaches cannot vote for their own team). Iowa State received one, despite being picked fourth by the coaches.

1 Kansas
2 West Virginia
3 Texas
4 Iowa State
5 Baylor
6 Oklahoma
7 Oklahoma State
Texas Tech
9. Kansas State
10. TCU

West Virginia, despite losing its top two scorers and top two rebounders, was picked to finish second, followed by Texas. Baylor rounded out the top five. Oklahoma, which graduated Buddy Hield, came in a six.

New coaches — Brad Underwood (Oklahoma State), Chris Beard (Texas Tech) and Jamie Dixon (TCU) — were all picked to finish in the bottom half of the league along with Kansas State.

Monte Morris was named Big 12 preseason Player of the Year last week.