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Kansas picked to win Big 12, WVU projected fifth

IRVING, Texas — Kansas has been voted by the league’s head coaches as the preseason favorite to win the 2021-22 Big 12 men’s basketball regular season championship. The Jayhawks’ nine-year streak of preseason first-place finishes ended last year when Baylor was the choice and went on to win both the Big 12 and NCAA titles. In 26 seasons, KU has been picked outright or tied for first in 19 preseason ledgers and won or shared the conference championship in 19 years. A coaches’ preseason poll was not conducted in the Big 12’s first season of 1996-97.

The Jayhawks collected eight first-place votes and finished with a total of 80 points. Texas received the other two first-place nods to land at second with 70 points. Baylor was close behind in third with 67 points while Texas Tech placed fourth with 51 points. Oklahoma State and West Virginia tied for fifth with 49 points each. No. 7 Oklahoma (29), No. 8 TCU (24), No. 9 K-State (22) and No. 10 Iowa State (9) rounded out the poll. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Gold-Blue Debut

set for tonight

West Virginia University will tip off the 2021-22 men’s basketball season with the Gold-Blue Debut, presented by new Coke Zero Sugar at 7 p.m. today at the WVU Coliseum.

Admission to the event is free with gates opening at 6 p.m.

An officiated game between the Gold and Blue teams highlight just a few of the events that will occur. Other festivities include the introduction of the men’s players and staff and a speech from Bob Huggins. Additional events include highlight videos and performances from the Mountaineer pep band, cheerleaders and dance team.

Coliseum parking lots will be open free of charge.

Season tickets are on sale at the Mountaineer Ticket Office in the Coliseum. To order, visit WVUGAME.com or call 1-800-WVU GAME.

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