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Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll Released

The Wildcats have been picked 2nd by the league’s coaches, and receive Bill Self’s first-place vote.

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The Kansas State Wildcats preseason hype train rolls on.

The annual Big 12 Preseason poll, as voted on by the coaches, was released Friday morning by the league office, and the top of the poll is dominated by the Sunflower State. As a surprise to no one, the Kansas Jayhawks were the unanimous choice for first place, receiving all nine first-place votes (coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team).

Slotting in second, and receiving Bill Self’s first-place vote, are the Wildcats, fresh off their Elite Eight run and returning 10 letterman, including every starter from the end of the season. The second-place selection is the second-highest selection for the Wildcats in the history of the Big 12 Preseason poll, after earning a first-place nod headed into the 2010-11 season.

This announcement comes on the heels of multiple preseason player honors for both Dean Wade and Barry Brown Jr., who were both picked to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team earlier in the week, with Wade earning Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year honors as well.

Following the Sunflower pairing are West Virginia at No. 3, and TCU and Texas tied at No. 4.

2018-19 Big 12 Preseason Poll (First-place votes)

Team Votes
Team Votes
1. Kansas (9) 81
2. K-State (1) 72
3. West Virginia 61
4. TCU 54
4. Texas 54
6. Iowa State 41
7. Texas Tech  36
8. Oklahoma 21
9. Baylor 20
10. Oklahoma State 10