In a preseason poll conducted by the league's coaches, the Texas basketball team was predicted to finish eighth of 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference. The Longhorns lost their top four scorers from a year ago, though in Jonathan Holmes, Javan Felix, Cameron Ridley and Demarcus Holland, the Longhorns bring back four players who started double-digits games a year ago. Texas will lean heavily on those four and other rotational players from a year ago like Prince Ibeh and Connor Lammert, as well as a four-man recruiting class that includes point guard Isaiah Taylor and wings Damarcus Croaker, Kendal Yancy and Martez Walker.
Texas finished sixth in the league last season with a 7-11 record in Big 12 play. The Longhorns were 16-18 overall.
Kansas and Oklahoma State split the 10 first-place votes. The Cowboys return a strong nucleus of guards Marcus Smart and Markel Brown and forward Le'Bryan Nash, all of whom are among the top players at their position in the league. Kansas lost all five starters from its Sweet 16 team a year ago, but the Jayhawks brought in one of the nation's top recruiting classes, including No. 1 overall recruit Andrew Wiggins.
Kansas has won at least a share of the last nine Big 12 titles, including a co-championship last year with Kansas State. Oklahoma State finished third a year ago.
BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
T-1) Kansas — 77 points (5 first-place votes)
T-1) Oklahoma State — 77 (5)
3) Baylor — 63
4) Iowa State — 56
T-5) Kansas State — 43
T-5) Oklahoma — 43
7) West Virginia — 35
8) Texas — 30
9) Texas Tech — 14
10) TCU — 12