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KANSAS TOPS BIG 12 MEDIA POLL

November 3, 1999

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It's unanimous.

Kansas is the pick to win this year's Big 12 regular-season men's basketball title.

On Tuesday, media members followed the lead of the conference coaches and tabbed the Jayhawks first in the annual Media Poll. KU was anointed No. 1 in the coaches poll, released last week.

KU is followed in the media poll by Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa State, Colorado, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Texas A&M; and Baylor. The coaches poll flip-flopped Nebraska and Iowa State.

The media and coaches both picked Texas' Chris Mihm player of the year, KU's Nick Collison freshman of the year and Baylor's Terry Black newcomer of the year.

KU's Eric Chenowith was named to the media all-league team along with Mihm, OU's Eduardo Najera, OSU's Desmond Mason and ISU's Marcus Fizer. KU's Jeff Boschee was the only KU player besides Chenowith to receive two or more votes.

Who are these guys?: Kansas will open the exhibition season against the California All-Stars at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Allen Fieldhouse.

This is not the California all-star team that played Missouri Tuesday night in Columbia, Mo.

KU will meet the California East All-Stars. Team members are: Tes Whitlock, Hawaii; Mitch Henderson, Princeton; Robbie Reid, Michigan; Dylan Rigdon, Arizona; Willie Farley, Fresno State; Gabe Lewullis, Princeton; Tony Vilcinskas, Valparaiso; Matt Barnett, Colorado State; Brian Miles, San Diego; and Mack Tuck, Colorado.

Some general admission tickets remain for the game and are available at KU's ticket office. KU meets Baylor in football the same day at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Time to hit the books: Fresno, Calif., prep sensation DeShawn Stevenson said he announced his decision to go to KU on Oct. 18 so now he can concentrate on recording a qualifying score on the SAT and/or ACT tests.

He has yet to score high enough to become eligible as a freshman at an NCAA school.

"Now with not so many phone calls and recruiting off my shoulders, I can focus (on becoming eligible)," Stevenson told Frank Burlison of the Orange County Register.

And as far as the ever-persistent rumors he might head straight to the NBA, Stevenson's mother continues to nix that notion.

"I told him I'd like him to go (to college) for at last two years," Genice Popps told Burlison. "College is one of the last times you're supposed to have fun. And he needs to know what it's like to live without Mom there to take care of him ... to do for yourself. And you need to learn to manage your money."

Trouble in Tar Heel country: On Sunday, North Carolina was tabbed first in the ACC Preseason Media Poll.

On Monday, the Tar Heels were without their starting and back-up point guards in Ed Cota and Terrence Newby, who were suspended indefinitely by coach Bill Guthridge after they were charged with assault for a Halloween night fight in which one student was hospitalized.

Carolina writers speculate both will be back soon as their role in the incident -- which may have been to merely break up the melee -- is known for sure.

Yet if the two remain suspended, Guthridge is left with true freshman Jonathan Holmes and walk-on Kenny White as the team's two true point guards. However, Jason Capel or shooting guard Joseph Forte could move to point.

The arrests come five weeks after assistant coach Phil Ford was arrested and charged with driving while impaired. Ford is scheduled to appear in Durham County court on Nov. 18, one day before the Tar Heels leave for the Maui Invitational.

At least Guthridge received some good news last week when blue-chip guard Adam Boone of Minnetonka, Minn., picked Carolina over Minnesota, Duke and others.

-- Gary Bedore's phone number is 832-7186. His e-mail address is gbedore@ljworld.com.

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