As the Kansas State men’s basketball team prepares to defend its Big 12 regular season title, the league’s coaches have picked them to finish in the middle of the pack this year.
The Wildcats were tabbed fifth — tied with Oklahoma — as the season-opener is now less than a month away on Nov. 8 against Northern Colorado.
Kansas and Oklahoma State were picked to share the league title, while Baylor was picked third and Iowa State fourth. West Virginia was selected seventh, Texas eighth, Texas Tech ninth and TCU was picked to finish last, again.
The Wildcats return two starters from last season in seniors Shane Southwell and Will Spradling, while forwards Thomas Gipson and Nino Williams also return after seeing major playing time a year ago.
K-State added seven new players in the offseason, including Parade All-American Marcus Foster and Texas Top-30 prospect Wesley Iwundu.
The Wildcats went 27-8 and 14-4 in the Big 12 to win their first league title since 1977 under first-year coach Bruce Weber. The Wildcats advanced to the NCAA tournament as a No. 4 seed.
The men will conduct a scrimmage prior to the football game against Baylor this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State’s women were selected ninth in the preseason poll on Wednesday. OU took the top spot, followed by Baylor at No. 2. Oklahoma State and West Virginia tied for third. Texas was fourth, followed by Iowa State, Kansas and TCU at No. 8. Texas Tech was selected last.
Both K-State programs will participate in the Madness in Manhattan event on Oct. 25 at Bramlage Coliseum.