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How to stop Kansas will be focus of Big 12 basketball Media Day on Tuesday

Bill Self and the Jayhawks are shooting for their 12th consecutive Big 12 title.
Bill Self and the Jayhawks are shooting for their 12th consecutive Big 12 title. The Associated Press

Kansas arrives at Big 12 Media Day on Tuesday at the Sprint Center coming off its worst record in conference play in the Bill Self era.

But the 13-5 mark was good enough to win an 11th straight conference title.

Big 12 coaches and players will answer the question, what will it take to dethrone Kansas, when they stand before notepads, microphones and cameras today in the league’s tipoff event for the season.

The regular season begins Nov. 13.

The projections for order of finish and all-conference were announced earlier, and the Jayhawks were the unanimous choice in the coaches’ poll, followed by Oklahoma and Iowa State.

The all-conference team comprises four seniors — Kansas’ Perry Ellis, Iowa State’s Georges Niang, Baylor’s Rico Gathers and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield — along with Texas junior Isaiah Taylor.

Hield was picked to repeat as player of the year, Iowa State transfer Deonte Burton was selected as the top newcomer and Kansas Chieck Diallo the top freshman, though he’s awaiting final word on his eligibility.

The conference welcomes two new coaches: Iowa State’s Steve Prohm, who spent the previous four years at Murray State, and Texas’ Shaka Smart, formerly of Virginia Commonwealth.

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