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Texas picked to finish third in Big 12 preseason coaches poll

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The league coaches see success for the ‘Horns in Shaka Smart’s second season

NCAA Basketball: Texas at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns were selected to finish third in Thursday’s Big 12 preseason coaches poll, as the ‘Horns were slotted behind league-favorite Kansas and West Virginia.

Bill Self’s Jayhawks were the only team to receive first-place votes, once again slotting the annual power as the favorite for its 13th-straight Big 12 title.

  • Kansas - 81 points
  • West Virginia - 65 points
  • Texas - 59 points
  • Iowa State - 56 points
  • Baylor - 53 points
  • Oklahoma - 40 points
  • Oklahoma State - 32 points
  • Texas Tech - 32 points
  • Kansas State - 20 points
  • TCU - 12 points

Despite Smart being tasked with replacing six members from last season’s rotation, the arrival of a fifth-ranked recruiting class and the projected growth of multiple returning contributors has the coaches from around the conference believing in Texas.