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Oklahoma basketball: Sooners 8th in Big 12 Preseason Poll, but with upside

In recent seasons, it appears that Oklahoma and Kansas reverse rolls between football and basketball. The Sooners have been the top choice in the last four Big 12 Football Preseason Polls and in seven of the last nine seasons. Meanwhile the Jayhawks have commanded the top spot in each of the last nine Big 12 Preseason Polls in basketball.

Kansas received eight of the 10 first-place votes in the preseason basketball poll. The Jayhawks have dominated the conference in men’s basketball winning outright or sharing the Big 12 regular-season championship in 18 of the league’s 23 seasons.

Baylor, Texas Tech (last season’s co-conference champion with Kansas State), Texas and West Virginia round out the top five in this year’s preseason poll.