Oct. 5, 2010
WACO, Texas – Baylor earned its second-highest preseason prediction in league history, as the Bears were selected fourth in the 2010-11 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll released Tuesday.
The Bears, coming off a season that featured a school-record 28 wins and their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance in the modern tournament era, received 96 total points – three behind third-place Texas. Baylor’s highest ranking in the Big 12 preseason poll was a third-place selection in 2008-09. Last season, the Bears were picked to finish 10th after a run to the 2009 NIT championship game at Madison Square Garden.
Baylor finished 23 points behind preseason favorite Kansas State (10 first-place votes) and 13 behind second-place and six-time defending champion Kansas (two first-place votes). Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State – all postseason squads last season – were chosen fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively. The remainder of the poll is Colorado at No. 9, followed by Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa State.
The Big 12 Conference will hold its preseason media day on Thur., Oct. 21 in Kansas City at Sprint Center – site of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.
Baylor officially starts practice on Fri., Oct. 15 and will host Midwestern State in its lone exhibition contest on Nov. 4. The Bears will open the 2010-11 regular season on Nov. 12 against Grambling State.
2010-11 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
|Team (First-place votes)
||Kansas State (10)