The Kansas Jayhawks are among the country’s best programs. They are currently on a 17-game winning streak, the nation’s best and also boast the nation’s second best home court winning streak at 32 games. The Jayhawks have been led by seniors Jeff Withey, who almost averages a double-double and is second in the nation with 4.3 blocks per game, Travis Releford, who is a defensive specialist and clutch shot maker and Elijah Johnson who can score at the rim and distribute for head coach Bill Self.
Freshman sensation Ben McLemore can score the ball at will from a variety of spots on the floor, defend multiple positions and has also proven to be clutch for Self and the Jayhawks with big baskets throughout the season. He is perhaps the best player in the nation and a sure top five pick in June’s NBA draft, if he decides to go that route.
Senior Kevin Young has given the Jayhawks great energy and infused a workman-like approach to the team. In addition, the emergence of role players, Naadir Tharpe and Perry Ellis, has given Self options to rest his starters and improve his team’s depth for a long postseason run.
Not only is Kansas staring at a possible No. 1 ranking when the next poll is released, but the Jayhawks may not lose another game for the rest of the season.
Kansas has 12 games remaining until the Big 12 conference tournament. Six of those games are at Phog Allen Fieldhouse, where they have won an astounding 157 of 163 games under Self. Their remaining road games are against teams that they will be favored in. Only the Iowa State Cyclones, who had the Jayhawks beat in Lawrence, Ks., and the Kansas State Wildcats will really be a true concern for Kansas.
The same will be true when the Big 12 tournament comes, where Kansas will most likely be undefeated in conference play and the No. 1 seed. To help the Jayhawks even more, the conference tournament is held in Kansas City, Mo., which is essentially a second home court for the Jayhawks.
If the Jayhawks can get through their ninth Big 12 regular season title and the Big 12 tournament as champions, they will have an overall record of 33-1 and be an automatic No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament come March.
If that happens then it is all about match-ups, momentum, clutch performance, the team’s health and a little bit of lucky to see if Kansas can win another six games in a row and bring home another national championship.