Brian Williams is one of four returning starters for the Cowboys this season.
Oct. 11, 2012
Stillwater, Okla. -- The Big 12 Conference released the 2012-13 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll on Thursday morning, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys were predicted to finish third this season, behind defending league champion Kansas and the Baylor Bears. It marks the sixth time in the 17-year history of the league that OSU has been predicted to finish in the top three.
"The Big 12 is one of the best basketball leagues in the country," said head coach Travis Ford, entering his fifth season as head coach. "It's definitely one of the top one or two basketball leagues, year in and year out, in the country. As we all know as coaches, and as a former player, I realize that preseason polls don't mean a lot.
"The hard work, the energy level, and the excitement that the returning players generated late in the year last season, to overcome so many injuries and so many odds late in the year, and we were doing it with freshmen and sophomores, with one senior. I think that developed some respect, how guys like Markel (Brown), Michael (Cobbins), Brian (Williams) and Le'Bryan (Nash) performed late in the year, as such young basketball players. I think that respect, as well as bringing in some players that are going to help our basketball team, has something to do with the results of the preseason poll."
OSU received 60 points in the poll, in which nine points were awarded for a first-place selection, eight for second, all the way down to one point for ninth. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team. Kansas was a unanimous selection with 81 points and nine first-place votes, while Baylor received 63 points, just three more than the Cowboys.
Texas was predicted to finish fourth with 58 points, followed by Kansas State (54) and newcomer West Virginia (45). Oklahoma was in seventh with 34 points, with Iowa State (28), Texas Tech (18) and TCU (9) rounding out the league teams.
Oklahoma State starts practice on Friday evening, with the Cowboys' exhibition game against Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 1. The season opener against UC Davis is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9.