The Big 12 has three men's basketball teams in the first USA Today/ESPN Coaches' preseason poll and two in the Associated Press Top 25, it has been announced.
Kansas is the highest-ranked squad at No. 7 in both rankings. The Jayhawks were the national runner-up last season. Baylor will start the season ranked No. 18 in the coaches' tally and No. 19 in the AP poll after finishing in the top 10 a year ago. Texas rounds out the top 25 group, tied for 24th in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Kansas State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia were among other schools receiving votes - giving the Big 12 a total of 60 percent of the league either ranked or receiving votes.
A year ago, three Big 12 teams were ranked in the top 11 of the final USA Today/ESPN poll. It marked the third time in the past four seasons the league has accomplished that feat. The Big 12 had three teams ranked in the top 10 of the national polls for eight different weeks in 2011-12 and has done that a total of 44 weeks in its history.
All but one of the teams in the Big 12 have been ranked in the top 25 since 2007, with eight of the 10 league schools receiving top 25 rankings in the past three seasons. A minimum of four Big 12 squads have been ranked in 45 of the past 52 weeks.