Kansas men's basketball voted as favorite to win Big 12 Conference regular season title

Jordan Guskey
Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas coach Bill Self talks to the crowd gathered inside Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night in the Phog.

LAWRENCE — Kansas men's basketball is the preseason favorite to capture the Big 12 Conference regular season title, according to a vote by the conference's head coaches.

The Big 12 announced the news Thursday, in the process making it 10 times in 11 seasons that the Jayhawks will enter the season in this spot. Led by head coach Bill Self, the last time Kansas won the conference regular season crown was the 2019-20 campaign. Coaches couldn't vote their own team.

“Preseason polls don’t mean anything other than the fact we hope to have a team that has a great chance to have a great season,” Self said in a Kansas release. “I’m excited about this group and I’m really excited about the competitiveness of what we consider to be the best league in America.”

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Kansas senior forward David McCormack (33) looks for a dunk during a scrimmage at Allen Fieldhouse during Late Night in the Phog Friday evening.

The Jayhawks led the poll with 80 points and eight first-place votes. Next in line was Texas, which had 70 points and the other two first-place votes. Baylor (67), Texas Tech (51), Oklahoma State (49) and West Virginia (49), Oklahoma (29), TCU (24), Kansas State (22) and Iowa State (9) rounded out the top 10 in that order with OSU and WVU tying for fifth.

Kansas is coming off of a 2020-21 season during which it went 21-9 overall and finished second in the Big 12 standings. The Jayhawks' Big 12 tournament run ended when they had to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. And then Kansas lost the second game it played in the NCAA tournament.

This season, the Jayhawks will feature three members of the preseason All-Big 12 team in senior guard Ochai Agbaji, senior forward David McCormack and super senior guard Remy Martin. Martin is also the conference's preseason player of the year.

“I’m happy our players are getting preseason recognition but they understand the success of the team will translate to postseason honors,” Self said in a separate Kansas release Wednesday. “I’m glad they are on people’s radars heading into the season.”

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The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team grooves to the music  during Late Night in the Phog inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Jordan Guskey covers University of Kansas Athletics at The Topeka Capital-Journal. Contact him at jmguskey@gannett.com or on Twitter at @JordanGuskey.