The Iowa State men’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 by the league’s coaches, the conference announced on Thursday.
The Cyclones are coming off a 23-12 season that saw them advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Quite a few familiar faces are back, including guards Monte Morris, Naz Mitrou-Long, Matt Thomas and Deonte Burton, but the losses of Georges Niang, Abdel Nader and Jameel McKay to graduation likely weighed heavily on coaches’ minds when filling out their polls.
Kansas received nine first place votes and was the unanimous selection to win the league. Jayhawks head coach Bill Self gave his first-place vote to Iowa State since coaches can’t vote for their own team.
The teams in second through fourth were separated by just nine points.
You can see the full poll below. Iowa State tips off their season on Nov. 11 against Savannah State at Hilton Coliseum.
1 – Kansas (9 first-place votes), 81 points
2 – West Virginia, 65 points
3 – Texas, 59 points
4 – Iowa State (1 first-place vote), 56 points
5 – Baylor, 53 points
6 – Oklahoma, 40 points
7 – Oklahoma State, 32 points
8 – Texas Tech, 32 points
9 – Kansas State, 20 points
10 – TCU, 12 points