Four Big 12 teams in Preseason Coaches Poll (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Four Big 12 men's basketball teams were ranked in the USA Today Men's Basketball Coaches Poll.

Kansas led the conference at No. 5 with Texas close behind at No. 10.

Iowa State landed at No. 14, and Oklahoma was picked No. 19.

Kansas State and Baylor each received votes.

Overall, Kentucky was picked No. 1, and Arizona was No. 2.

Duke and Wisconsin round out the top four.

Editor's note: This is the first of a nine-part series previewing the Big 12 teams this season. Tomorrow: Iowa State The Bears graduated 50 percent of its scoring and rebounding from last season.

October 15, 2014 - 4:29pm

KANSAS CITY - Tubby Smith had never lost like this before. In his second season as head coach at Tulsa he led the Golden Tornadoes to a 15-14 record. After that he won 20 or more games 19 times, making the NCAA tournament in each of those campaigns.

October 15, 2014 - 4:29pm

First look: Big 12 men's basketball (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Baylor

The Bears graduated 50 percent of its scoring and rebounding from last season. 

Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin no longer inhabit the paint for Baylor, leaving junior Rico Gathers and freshman Jonathan Motley in their place.

Gathers averaged 6.4 points and 6.4 boards per contest in 17.8 minutes per game.

“He went against Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin every day in practice,” coach Scott Drew said. “That’s really going to be beneficial.”

Texas Tech basketball teams to host Homecoming event (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Texas Tech men's and women's basketball will host "Showtime" at 7:30 p.m. on October 17 at United Supermarkets Arena as part of the 2014 Texas Tech Homecoming events schedule.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., and the free event begins with an autograph session with both teams for 30 minutes on the concourse level before the program begins.

Fans will have the chance to win several prizes throughout the night. Contests include two, half-court shots for $10,000 and two, 30-second shootouts to win $25,000.

Kansas picked to win Big 12 regular season title (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

For the 13th time in the Big 12's 19-year history, Kansas was selected to win the Big 12 men's basketball regular season championship.

The Jayhawks won their 10th-straight regular season league title last season. Junior Perry Ellis, who finished second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game, is the top returnee for Kansas. Sophomore Wayne Selden, Jr. is also back after averaging 9.7 points a year ago. Those two are joined by one of the top recruiting classes in the country, headlined by five-star recruits Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre.

Men's Basketball Preseason All-Big 12 Team (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Many people have Texas as a top contender to dethrone the Kansas Jayhawks and their 10-year reign as the Big 12's regular season champions.

By the looks of the Preseason All-Big 12 Team, as voted on by the league's head coaches, the Longhorns have the talent to do so.

Senior forward Jonathan Holmes, junior center Cameron Ridley and sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor were each honorable mentions.

Big 12 MBB Championship to be televised nationally (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

For the first time in Big 12 history, the entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship will be televised nationally on ESPN networks.

Previously, selected contests during the championship were shown in certain areas on the Big 12 Network.

This year's championship will have every game broadcast on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU for the first time.

Also, the final will move back to its 5 p.m. local tipoff after a later start a year ago.

On the season, more than 100 Big 12 games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

Former Texas Tech center Dejan Kravic was cut during the final round of roster selection on the Serbian National Team.

September 13, 2014 - 11:51pm

Tubby Smith knew his team was young. So, he had a plan - keep Texas Tech at home as much as possible.

August 14, 2014 - 9:59pm