Kansas Favored In Big 12 Coaches' Preseason Poll

Thursday, October 11th 2007, 5:14 pm
By: News On 6

DALLAS (AP) _ Defending champion Kansas was voted the Big 12 preseason favorite by league coaches for the second year in a row.

The Jayhawks received 10 of 12 first-place votes in the poll released Thursday, and coach Bill Self couldn't vote for his team. They return four starters from a team that went 33-5 and won the Big 12 regular season and postseason tournament.

Kansas had 120 points, with Texas coming in second at 105. The Longhorns also return four starters.

Texas A&M got the other two first-place votes and was third with 101 points. The Aggies lost coach Billy Gillispie to Kentucky, but senior Joseph Jones and junior Josh Carter return from the winningest team in school history (27-9).

Kansas State was picked fourth, the highest placement for the Wildcats, who are trying to replace coach Bob Huggins. He left after one year for West Virginia.

Missouri, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State took the next three spots. All three teams have second-year coaches _ Mike Anderson at Missouri, Jeff Capel at Oklahoma and Sean Sutton at Oklahoma State.

Texas Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, Iowa State and Colorado round out the poll.