Coaches pick Missouri basketball to finish fifth in Big 12

Despite a strong returning core and recruiting class, Missouri was picked to finish fifth in the Big 12 preseason poll. (Photo by JJ Stankevitz)

The Big 12 released its preseason men’s basketball coaches’ poll Tuesday, with Missouri tabbed to finish fifth in the conference.

While that ranking can be seen as a slap in the face to a team that is expected to be a preseason top-20 team, it also can be viewed as an indication of the basketball depth of the Big 12.

For the first time in school history, Kansas State was picked to finish first in the conference, receiving 10 first-place votes. Kansas received two first-place votes and was picked to finish second.

Curiously, Texas came in third in the rankings despite potentially not being a preseason top 25 team as Baylor and Mizzou, the fourth and fifth-ranked teams by the coaches, should be.

Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Iowa State closed out the Nos. 6-12 spots in the preseason poll.

But these preseason polls often don’t mean much—after all, Mizzou was picked to finish seventh in the conference in the last two seasons and finished third and fifth in the Big 12 in those years.

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