Defending Big 12 champion Kansas, Big 12 champion or co-champion in each of the past eight seasons, is the preseason favorite to win repeat again. League coaches tapped the Jayhawks as the overwhelming 2012-13 favorite in the annual preseason vote released Thursday.
Kansas was 16-2 in league play last season and made it all the way to the NCAA championship game against Kentucky. The Jayhawks return senior starters Jeff Withey, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.
Since coaches are ineligible to vote for their own team, Kansas got the maximum nine first-place votes available. The other top vote went to Baylor, which was picked second.
Oklahoma State is third, followed by Texas, Kansas State and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia. Oklahoma, Iowa State, Texas Tech and TCU round out the poll.
For the women, defending national champion Baylor, with All-America center Brittney Griner returning from a 40-0 season, is the Big 12 coaches' overwhelming pick to win the league again.
The Lady Bears got the maximum nine first-place votes in the preseason voting by coaches, who also weren't allowed to vote for their own team. Baylor has won the last two Big 12 titles.
The preseason vote had Oklahoma and Big 12 newcomer West Virginia tied for second, followed by Kansas and Texas. The rest of the picks, in order, were Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas State and TCU. Oklahoma State last season won the WNIT championship.
The Big 12 has ranked No. 1 in conference RPI for the past five seasons.