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KU once again tops Big 12 men’s basketball poll, K-State ninth

Kansas guard Frank Mason III and K-State guard Barry Brown battle for a rebound Saturday as K-State and Kansas battled in Bramlage Coliseum(February 20, 2016)
Kansas guard Frank Mason III and K-State guard Barry Brown battle for a rebound Saturday as K-State and Kansas battled in Bramlage Coliseum(February 20, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Big 12 men’s basketball coaches have unanimously picked Kansas to win another conference title this season.

The Jayhawks topped the preseason Big 12 basketball poll, released Thursday, for the fifth consecutive year as they chase a 13th straight regular-season league championship.

Kansas State was picked ninth.

For Kansas, the first-place selection comes as no surprise. The Jayhawks return four of their top six scorers and add talented freshman Josh Jackson. They are the favorite to win another conference championship and contend for the Final Four.

There appears to be less certainty on who coaches expect to finish second.

Though West Virginia was picked second in the preseason poll, it was closely followed by Texas, Iowa State and Baylor.

There was then a drop-off to Oklahoma at No. 6, followed by a seventh-place tie between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, then K-State. TCU was picked to finish last, but received at least one vote for ninth or higher.

A ninth-place selection seems low for K-State, considering the Wildcats return the bulk of their scoring from a year ago when they finished eighth in the conference standings, but the leagues’ coaches are clearly not high on K-State’s potential.

College basketball season begins on Nov. 11.

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

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