K-State chosen fifth in Big 12 Preseason Poll

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State men’s basketball team was given its highest-ever ranking in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll on Monday, as the Wildcats were chosen fifth with 76 points.

 

Boosted by the hiring of legendary head coach Bob Huggins and the return of four starters and eight lettermen, the Wildcats received their highest ranking in nine preseason polls dating back to the 1997-98 season.  The previous high came in 1998-99 when the team was selected sixth.

 

For the seventh time in Big 12 history, Kansas is the preseason favorite to win the conference title as the Jayhawks gained 121 total points and received all 11 possible first-place votes in polling of the head coaches.  The team welcomes back all five starters and returns 85.2 percent of its scoring.

 

Texas A&M was picked second in the poll, as the Aggies received the other first-place vote and 109 points.  Oklahoma State and Texas were selected just ahead of the Wildcats in third and fourth place, respectively, as the Cowboys edged the Longhorns 97 to 95 in the voting.

 

Texas Tech was chosen sixth with 68 points, while Baylor followed in seventh with 60 points for its highest predicted finish in Big 12 history.  Missouri (44) and Oklahoma (42) were picked eighth and ninth, respectively, while Nebraska (37), Iowa State (23) and Colorado (20) rounded out the poll.    

 

Voting was compiled using the 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 format, as 11 points were awarded for first place and 10 for second in descending order.  Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

 

Kansas State, which began practice on Friday, hosted the hugely-popular “Madness in Manhattan” before nearly 10,000 fans at Bramlage Coliseum on Oct. 13. 

 

 The Big 12 Conference will hold its annual preseason media day on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18-19 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Okla. site of the 2007 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships.  Bob Huggins as well as senior Cartier Martin and junior David Hoskins will be available for interviews from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday.