WOAY – The Big 12 Conference released its preseason men’s basketball poll Thursday, with West Virginia tied for fifth with Oklahoma State. The Mountaineers & Cowboys each received 49 total votes.
WVU was picked to finish third in last year’s preseason poll, and would finish in a tie for third, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas was the preseason pick to win the Big 12 with eight first-place votes, though Texas would also earn two first-place votes. Baylor and Texas Tech were also ahead of the Mountaineers, who had one player – Taz Sherman – earn Preseason Honorable Mention on Wednesday.
WVU’s Gold-Blue debut is Friday night in Morgantown, with the official season opener scheduled for November 9 at home against Oakland.