IRVING, Texas - For just the third time in conference history, there is a tie at the top of the Big 12 preseason poll as Kansas and Oklahoma State have been picked to win the league regular season crown. It marks the 12th time in Big 12 history that KU has been the preseason favorite, while the Cowboys are chosen for the third time.
The top returnees for KU will be sophomore Perry Ellis (5.8 ppg) and junior Naadir Tharpe (113 assists), who will be joined by a highly touted group of newcomers. Oklahoma State boasts the top two returning scorers in the conference, including last season's Big 12 Player of the Year Marcus Smart.
Baylor and Iowa State were next in the predictions at third and fourth, while Kansas State and Oklahoma tied for fifth. The Bears have been chosen in the top four in five of the past six years, while ISU's preseason ranking is its highest since 2000-01. West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech and TCU round out the poll.