Kansas head coach Bill Self, right, receives a technical foul early in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
Kansas and Oklahoma State Tie for First in Preseason Coaches' Poll
IRVING, Texas - Kansas, nine-time Big 12 defending regular-season champion, and Oklahoma State tied in the men's basketball Big 12 preseason coaches' poll to win the 2014 conference regular season the league office announced Thursday.
Big 12 coaches were not allowed voting for their own team and KU and OSU each received five first-place votes and were awarded 77 points each. This marks the third time in the 17-year history of the poll (there was not a coaches' poll in 1996-97) that the preseason poll ended in a tie. The other years the preseason poll result was a tie was 2005 (Kansas, Oklahoma State) and 2012 (Kansas, Texas A&M).
"Like I've said all along, preseason predictions don't mean much," Kansas head coach Bill Self said. "I know going into it that other teams in our league, primarily Oklahoma State, return basically their entire team and we have a lot of newcomers. We've got a lot of work to do to put ourselves in a position to play for a championship. I am excited about the pieces we have and I look forward to the challenge of being able to compete in what will be, once again, a highly competitive league."
Kansas has been the preseason favorite 11 times in the Big 12 era and nine times lived up to its billing by winning the regular-season title. In Self's 10 seasons at KU, the Jayhawks have been the preseason choice six times (2005-07-08-10-12-13) and went on to win the title every time. Kansas has won 13 of the 17 overall Big 12 regular-season titles since the league formed in 1996-97.
Baylor finished third in the league coaches' poll followed by No. 4. Iowa State. Kansas State and Oklahoma tied for fifth with No. 7 West Virginia, No. 8 Texas, No. 9. Texas Tech and No. 10 TCU rounding out the poll.
2013-14 Big 12 Preseason Poll
Team (First-place votes) - Points
T1. KANSAS (5) - 77
T1. Oklahoma State (5) - 77
3. Baylor - 63
4. Iowa State - 56
T5. Kansas State - 43
T5. Oklahoma - 43
7. West Virginia - 35
8. Texas - 30
9. Texas Tech - 14
10. TCU 12
Nine points were awarded for first place, eight for second, etc .Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.
K-State Picked Fifth in Big 12 Race by League Coaches
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second consecutive year, Kansas State was selected to finish fifth in the preseason 2013-14 Big 12 Conference coaches’ poll released by the league office on Thursday morning.
The Wildcats received 43 points to earn a tie for fifth place with Oklahoma, 13 points behind fourth-place Iowa State (56) and 20 behind third-place Baylor (63). Kansas and Oklahoma State tied for first place in voting by the coaches with each team receiving 77 points and five first-place votes. After the top 5, the rest of the poll included seventh-place West Virginia (35), Texas (30), Texas Tech (14) and TCU (12). Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.
The defending Big 12 champion men’s squad returns eight lettermen, including four players with starting experience, in 2013-14. The group is headlined by All-Big 12 honorable mention selection Shane Southwell (8.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg.) and fellow senior Will Spradling (7.4 ppg., 2.4 apg.). The team will also have seven new players, including five freshmen, led by PARADE High School All-American Marcus Foster and Texas Top 30 prospect Wesley Iwundu. K-State has collected a school-record seven consecutive 20-win seasons as well as seven straight postseason appearances for the first time in school history.
Fans will get their first glimpse of the 2013-14 Wildcats, who have been practicing since Sept. 27, on Saturday when they host an open scrimmage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Bramlage Coliseum.
There will also be an opportunity for fans to purchase season tickets during the scrimmage with a Select-A-Seat event. Tags will be placed on available seat locations and ticket representatives will be stationed on the west concourse near sections 9 and 10 to process ticket orders or answer questions from interested fans. Current season-ticket holders are also invited to attend to upgrade their existing seats or add additional tickets to their account.
Season tickets are on sale with a variety of packages available through the Athletics Ticket Office. The 18-game home season, which includes visits from Ole Miss, Long Beach State and George Washington, can be purchased for as low as $20 per game. A Young Alumni season ticket can be purchased for $200, while the new Wildcat Victory Ticket Plan includes all non-conference and three midweek conference games (excluding the Big Monday game with Kansas) in general admission seating (sections 24-25) for only $169.
K-State plays its lone exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1 when the Wildcats host Pittsburg State at 8 p.m., before officially tipping off the season against Northern Colorado a week later on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Fans can purchase season tickets in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.