Men's Basketball Picked 6th In Preseason Poll

The Iowa State men's basketball team is picked to finish sixth in the Big 12, according to the Big 12 Conference Coaches poll which was announced today. Texas was the overwhelming favorite to win the title with 10 first-place votes, followed by Oklahaoma, which recieved two first place votes. Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech rounded out the top-five.

Iowa State returns three starters from last year's team that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Preseason All-American Curtis Stinson returns for his junior season as one of the best guards in the nation. Stinson, a two-time all-Big 12 honoree, averaged 17.2 points and 2.3 steals a game last year.

The Cyclones play their first exhibition on Nov. 5 against EA Sports and kick off the regular season vs. Mountain State on Nov. 20.

2005-06 Big 12 Preseasoon Poll
1. Texas                        120
2. Oklahoma                   112
3. Kansas                       89
4. Oklahoma State           84
5. Texas Tech                 80
6. Iowa State                 70
7. Texas A&M                 68
8. Missouri                     48
9. Colorado                    43
10. Nebraska                  40
11. Kansas State            25
12. Baylor                     13

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