Oct. 7, 2008
IRVING, Texas - The Baylor men's basketball team easily surpassed its highest preseason prediction in Big 12 history, tying Kansas for third in the 2008-09 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Poll released Tuesday.
The Bears, coming off their first NCAA appearance since 1988, received first-place votes (two) for the first time in Big 12 history. Prior to this poll, the highest BU had been selected in the preseason tally was No. 7 in 2006-07. Last season, the Bears were tabbed No. 9 in the preseason poll.
Baylor finished six points behind preseason favorite Oklahoma (three first-place votes) and four behind second-place Texas (four first-place votes). KU, the defending NCAA champion, received the remaining three first-place votes.
Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Missouri - all postseason squads last season - were chosen fifth, sixth and seventh. The remainder of the poll is Kansas State at No. 8, followed by Nebraska, Texas Tech, Iowa State and Colorado.
The Big 12 Conference will hold its preseason media day on Thursday, Oct. 23 in Oklahoma City - site of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Basketball Championships. Baylor's 2008-09 season gets underway on Saturday, Nov. 15 when the Bears host Paul Quinn College at 3 p.m. at the Ferrell Center.
2008-09 BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
Team (First Place Votes) Points 1. Oklahoma (3) 109 2. Texas (4) 107 3. Baylor (2) 103 Kansas (3) 103 5. Texas A&M 79 6. Oklahoma State 69 7. Missouri 51 8. Kansas State 50 9. Nebraska 49 10. Texas Tech 39 11. Iowa State 20 12. Colorado 13
Eleven points were awarded for first place, 10 for second, etc.
Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own team.