Can KU make it to the Final Four? In a word, no. Not likely. KU had a nice little season, no question. Winning its 11th straight Big 12 Championship was impressive.
And many thought this might be the year they would fall short of that because Bill Self really didn’t have a dominant player or a one and done guy headed for the NBA. Perry Ellis would be the star, the go-to guy this season. Ellis is a solid college player but has no real shot at the NBA, thus he’s just a four year player at Kansas. Self did a nice job of keeping this team on track after devastating early – very un-Kansas like losses – to Kentucky and Temple by a ton of points.
The Big 12 sends seven teams to the NCAA Tournament which is nice. However none of them is even being talked about for going to the Final Four – none.
The separation between the top six teams in the tournament and the rest is huge. Kansas would be a big underdog against Wisconsin, Arizona and Virginia, and certainly Kentucky. I don’t see KU getting out of round three. They’ll likely play Notre Dame a three seed but a stronger team than KU. Hey, getting out of round two will be tough with either Wichita State or Indiana as KU’s opponent.
We all knew this was a rebuilding type season for Kansas.
We all knew that the cupboard was a bit bare. Yet they scored another championship in their own league. However, many feel Iowa State is overall a better club than KU right now. They beat Kansas for the tournament title in Kansas City and are a three seed.
Vegas has them at even money to win it all.
BTW, I think that’s a great bet.
I don’t see anyone giving Kentucky a close game even!
Kentucky will be the first undefeated team in nearly 40 years. Bobby Knight did it in 1976 with his Indiana team.This Kentucky team is even better and with five first round NBA picks they look unstoppable.
The good news for Kansas is that everyone is back next year.
If Self can find that one big time scorer and a big man inside, KU could be dangerous.
And although it has been an off year for the only franchise sports team that has mattered in this area for years, KU is still solid and likely will win its 12th Big 12 Title next season.
Kansas proved it’s an elite national program by staying in the Top 10 almost all season with one of its poorer showings and being picked as a 2 seed in the big dance.
That’s what you call respect.