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Coaches unanimously pick Kansas basketball to win Big 12

March 12, 2016: Kansas Jayhawks celebrates after winning the NCAA Big 12 conference mens basketball tournament championship game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Kansas Jayhawks at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas won the Big 12 Tournament by defeating West Virginia 81-71 (Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire)
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The Kansas men’s basketball team has won the Big 12 regular season title each year since 2005, and, according to conference coaches, they are likely to do so for a 13th straight season. Nine out of ten conference coaches voted the Jayhawks as the first place team in the conference.

Coaches cannot vote for their own team, so nine votes constitutes a unanimous selection.

Iowa State also received a first place vote, meaning that Bill Self likely picked them. Iowa State landed a major recruit this offseason in four-star guard Jakolby Long.

The final results of the coaches poll, which was released Thursday, can be found below:

1. Kansas
2. West Virginia
3. Texas
4. Iowa State
5. Baylor
6. Oklahoma
7t. Oklahoma State
7t. Texas Tech
9. Kansas State
10. TCU

The Jayhawks are coming off a season that took them to the NCAA Tournament for the 27th consecutive year and a loss in the Elite Eight to eventual champion Villanova.

From last year’s team, Kansas only lost power forward Cheick Diallo, who was selected early in the second round of the 2016 draft. Wayne Selden, Jr. and Brannen Greene went undrafted. On the recruiting trail, they added forward Josh Jackson, a five-star recruit, who is widely considered the top player in his class.

With other teams in the conference suffering more notable losses–most notably West Virginia and Oklahoma–since last season, it is not surprising that Kansas, who was ranked No. 1 in both the Coaches and AP Polls over the final weeks of the season, is favored overwhelmingly to repeat as the top team in the conference.

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