Big 12 women's basketball teams meet the media in KC

Oklahoma star Courtney Paris is here. So is new Texas coach Gail Goestenkors.

All 12 teams from the Big 12 Conference are in town today for Media Day at the Marriott Country Club Plaza. Why here? The conference tournament will be played in Kansas City this season. The women are scheduled to play March 11-15 at Municipal Auditorium.

Texas A&M is picked to finish first in the Big 12, followed by Oklahoma, based on a preseason vote by the coaches. Of the schools in this area, none are predicted to finish in the top half. Kansas State is picked eighth, Kansas 10th and Missouri 12th.

“I don’t think there’s any question A&M and Oklahoma are dynamic teams and should be picked,” Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. “After that, who knows what could happen.”

The men’s teams will meet with the media on Wednesday.