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Iowa State picked ninth in Big 12 preseason poll

Feb 15, 2017; Manhattan, KS, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Steve Prohm watches the action during a game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Fred Bramlage Coliseum. The Cyclones won the game, 87-79. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas is the preseason favorite to win its 14th-consecutive Big 12 men’s basketball regular season championship. KU is the preseason pick for the sixth-consecutive year and 16th time in Conference history. The Jayhawks received all nine possible first-place votes as coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

West Virginia was chosen second while TCU, Texas and Baylor rounded out the top five. Oklahoma was the sixth selection followed by Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State and Oklahoma State.

Sixty percent of Big 12 teams competed in the NCAA Championship last season with three squads advancing to the Sweet 16. Additionally, TCU captured the Big 12’s second NIT title.

The Conference has had at least six 20-win teams for 11 consecutive seasons, including each of the five years since it began competing with 10 teams. Every Big 12 squad had double-digit victory totals in 2016-17.

The Big 12 will tip off the 2017-18 campaign with its annual media day, slated for Tuesday, October 24 at Sprint Center in Kansas City – site of the 2018 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. Live coverage will be available at Big12Sports.com. and on the Conference’s official social media platforms.

2017-18 Big 12 Preseason Poll

1. Kansas (9)* 81
2. West Virginia (1) 71
3. TCU 64
4. Texas 49
5. Baylor 47
6. Oklahoma 43
7. Texas Tech 36
8. Kansas State 27
9. Iowa State 22
10. Oklahoma State 10

* – Unanimous Selection
Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.

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