March 26, 2014
IRVING, Texas -
With the start of the Big 12 season 10 days away, the league's head coaches have selected the Baylor men's tennis team to finish second in the regular-season standings, the Big 12 office announced on Wednesday.
While coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team, Baylor earned two first-place votes and a total of 22 points. Oklahoma, last season's tournament champion, earned the other four first-place votes and 24 total points to be No. 1 in the poll.
Baylor has won six straight matches to hold a 14-4 record. The Bears are ranked No. 6 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. BU has a 9-4 against ranked foes and is 10-0 at home this season.
Behind the Bears in the poll is Texas (17), followed by Oklahoma State (11), while TCU and Texas Tech tied for fifth with eight points each.
Last season, BU was also projected to finish as the runner-up in the conference, but exceeded those expectations to win the regular season title for the 10th time in the last 12 years with a 5-0 record.
In 17 seasons of Big 12 action, BU is 100-17 in Big 12 play with 11 regular-season titles and seven tournament crowns.
BU's next match will be on Friday when the Bears host Memphis at 6 p.m. Baylor opens Big 12 play on April 5 when it hosts Texas Tech at 6 p.m.
To stay up to date with the team all season follow @BaylorMTennis on Twitter.
2014 BIG 12 MEN'S TENNIS PRESEASON POLL
(First place votes in parentheses; Coaches not allowed to vote for own team)
Rank School Points
1. Oklahoma (4) 24
2. Baylor (2) 22
3. Texas 17
4. Oklahoma State 11
T5. TCU 8
T5. Texas Tech 8