Kansas Jayhawks Picked to Win Big 12 in Preseason Coaches Poll

Vance PennCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2011

DALLAS - MARCH 12:  A detailed view of the Jayhawks logo during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas Jayhawks during the final of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Tournament at American Airlines Arena on March 12, 2006 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In the Big 12 preseason coaches poll the University of Kansas was again picked by coaches to win the regular season championship. Apparently the other coaches in the conference think the 12 scholarship players they have practicing at their schools aren't as good as the eight scholarship players currently practicing at Kansas.

After losing six players to the NBA draft following last season's Elite Eight performance and having three incoming freshmen declared academically ineligible by the NCAA last week, KU's roster appears to be a bit thin.

With only two key players, Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, returning from last year's Big 12 Championship team experience obviously isn't going to be a long-suit for the Jayhawks. Continuing the hyper-winning ways of recent years may be a challenge at Phog Allen Field House this season.

A difficult non-conference schedule is on-tap for the inexperienced Jayhawks, with the likes of Kentucky, UCLA, Ohio State and Georgetown. This means it won't be easy even before the conference schedule gets underway.

But for now, the Big 12 coaches seem to think there's enough magic in Bill Self to win an 8th Big 12 regular season championship.