The college football season is under way, and in a few weeks, Big 12 basketball teams will hit the practice court. The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook got an early start on the college hoops season this week, announcing its preseason men’s top 25, and three Big 12 teams are on the list, topped by Kansas at No, 6.
Oklahoma State and Baylor are ranked 12th and 21st, respectively, in the Blue Ribbon preseason poll. Michigan State is No. 1 in the preseason poll, followed in order by Kentucky, Louisville, Duke and Arizona.
With three starters returning an one of the country’s top recruiting classes, including the No. 1 overall prospect, Andrew Wiggins, Kansas should be the unanimous choice of the Big 12 coaches when the conference comes out with its preseason poll prior to the start of the season. The Jayhawks have won or shared nine consecutive Big 12 championships.
Oklahoma State is in equally good shape coming into the 2013-14 season, with four starters from las year’s 24-9 team returning, including the Big 12 Player of the Year in sophomore guard Marcus Smart. Baylor returns its top two scorers from a year ago, senior forward Cory Jefferswon and sophomore front-court mate Isaiah Austin.
The Big Ten has four teams in the Blue Ribbon preseason top 25. The Big 12 and SEC each have three teams among the top 25
Published since 1981, the Blue Ribbon College Yearbook is a leading source of information on Division I teams.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook 2013-14 Preseason Top 25
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Wichita State
- Virginia Commonwealth
- Notre Dame
- New Mexico