Kansas coach Bill Self reacts in the second half of their 70-66 loss to the Iowa State Cyclones during the championship game of the Big 12 Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 14, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Big 12 coaches peg Longhorns fourth in men’s preseason poll

Posted October 15th, 2015

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Big 12 coaches believe first-year coach Shaka Smart will shake up a team full of veterans.

Texas was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll released by the league office on Thursday. Kansas earned nine first-place votes and easily finished first. The Jayhawks have won 11 straight regular-season titles.

Oklahoma and Iowa State were picked second and third, respectively.

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Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams, which means Kansas’ Bill Self voted for the Cyclones.

The Big 12 hosts its annual preseason media day in Kansas City on Tuesday. Then, the Longhorns will return home and host an open intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m.

During the event, school officials announced a random UT student will have the chance to sink a half-court shot for $10,000. The first 200 students who arrive and receive a raffle ticket will be eligible.

2015-16 Big 12 men's preseason poll

Here's a look at the Big 12 men's basketball preseason poll. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

TeamTotal votes
1. Kansas (9)81
2. Oklahoma70
3. Iowa State (1)68
4. Texas51
5. Baylor49
6. West Virginia47
7. Oklahoma State33
T8. Kansas State18
T8. TCU18
10. Texas Tech15

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