There are few sure bets in life — and maybe even fewer in college basketball.
But the Kansas Jayhawks winning at least a share of the Big 12 title? That one is pretty close. The conference coaches re-affirmed the Jayhawks' dominance on Thursday, unanimously picking Kansas to win the Big 12 title in the conference’s preseason coaches poll.
KU, which is coming off an appearance in the NCAA title game, has won a piece of eight straight Big 12 titles.
In one sense, the poll results weren’t exactly unanimous. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team, and KU coach Bill Self cast his first-place vote for Baylor. But Kansas nabbed the other nine first-place votes.
Kansas State, which is entering its first season under new coach Bruce Weber, came in fifth in the preseason poll. Other notables: Baylor just edged Oklahoma State for the No. 2 position, while Texas was voted fourth. West Virginia, in its first season in the Big 12, was slotted in behind K-State at No. 6.
It’s the 11th time in league history that Kansas is the coaches’ choice to win the league. Last season, the Jayhawks were picked as co-favorites with Texas A Kansas has won an NCAA-record 55 league titles in the program’s history.2012-13 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Team (first-place votes); Points
1. Kansas (9); 81
2. Baylor (1); 63
3. Oklahoma State; 60
4. Texas; 58
5. Kansas State; 54
6. West Virginia; 45
7. Oklahoma; 34
8. Iowa State; 28
9. Texas Tech; 18
10. TCU; 9