Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski (21) during the Texas Tip-Off preseason event for the men's and women's basketball teams at Gregory Gym, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Texas, TCU both picked to finish 4th in Big 12 preseason men’s basketball poll

Posted October 19th, 2018

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Texas and TCU were tied for fourth place in the Big 12 men’s preseason basketball poll, the league announced Friday. Both received 54 votes in the poll among the league’s coaches.

The Longhorns were 19-15 last season with future first-round pick Mo Bamba. This year’s team doesn’t have a true one-and-done NBA prospect, but that hasn’t deterred coach Shaka Smart and his charges.

Guards Kerwin Roach II and Matt Coleman with forwards Jericho Sims and Dylan Osetkowski are all veterans and likely to take four spots in the starting lineup. Texas has a slew of talented freshmen joining the fray, including 6-foot-11 Jaxson Hayes and 6-foot-3 Courtney Ramey.

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Kansas was the unanimous No. 1 pick to win the league title. The Jayhawks have won 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season basketball championships. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team, so Kansas coach Bill Self voted for Kansas State.

Kansas State and West Virginia were ranked second and third, respectively.

Big 12 media day is Wednesday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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