Kansas Jayhawks are Built for March

Elijah Johnson Kansas Jayhawks

Denny Medley-US Presswire

The Kansas Jayhawks have one more game to go to go to win their ninth straight Big 12 Conference regular season title. That is quite a special feat and something that the seniors can be proud of.

However, the Jayhawks have other things on their mind as the postseason approaches.

Those things are another Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship and an NCAA National Championship.

Kansas has rebounded nicely after a rare three game losing streak, having won its last seven games.

The Jayhawks are playing their best basketball of the season during this recent stretch.

During this winning streak, the Jayhawks have averaged 82.2 points per game and have given up only 61.0 points per game. Five of those games were blowouts and the other two were overtime wins against the Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma State Cowboys which proves they can win a either way.

In addition, the Jayhawks lead the nation in field goal percentage defense, holding opponents to just 35.4% shooting. Even during their three game losing streak, they held the three teams to a combined 42.7% (73-171) shooting from the floor. That is quite impressive considering that the everyone was asking what was wrong with the Jayhawks.

What was wrong was the Jayhawks offense. However, now Kansas is playing on the offensive end of the court too.

They currently rank 27th in points per game (75.2), 27th in assists per game (15.2) and 20th in field goal percentage (47.6%).

What is really impressive though is that Kansas is scoring in the halfcourt, from the foul line and now in transition too. Elijah Johnson has become more aggressive in pushing the ball (along with Naadir Tharpe) and getting the Jayhawks easier scores in the open court and his teammates are finishing at the rim.

They can play fast, they execute in the halfcourt and they play defense. They win close games. They blow teams out. Not to mention they have four talented senior starters and have a freshman stud, Ben McLemore, who may be the first pick in the upcoming NBA draft this June, on their roster.

Lastly they have a future hall of fame coach in Bill Self.

What does all of this mean for Kansas?

It means that the Jayhawks are built for the postseason better than anyone in college basketball.

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