Kansas Jayhawks Hope to Retain Big 12 Conference Tournament Championship in 2013

Denny Medley-USA Today Sports

Bill Self‘s track record at Kansas is just flat out impressive.

Over the weekend and despite a loss on the road at Baylor, the Jayhawks locked up a share of the Big 12 Conference regular season title. Kansas and Kansas State each ended the regular season with a championship and identical 14-4 records within the league.

With the results from this past weekend, Kansas has now clinched at least a share of that regular season crown each year since 2005, that’s nine consecutive seasons for Self and the Jayhawks.

With that accomplishment now in the bag however, Kansas must progress forward towards the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Not only have the Jayhawks had a stranglehold on the regular season crown, their success has also directly translated into the conference tournament. Since 2006, the Jayhawks have taken home five Big 12 tournament championship.

Like I said, Self’s track record is just flat out impressive.

Last season however, did not mark one of those five tournament titles. Now, Kansas will look to bring the hardware back to Lawrence as they gear up for this year’s bracket. In addition to potentially retaining the conference tournament crown, the Jayhawks have put themselves in a position in which if they do win, they could be heavily considered as a potential No. 1 seed within theNCAA Tournament.

So basically, there’s a lot on the line for Kansas this week.

The Jayhawks, who earned the No. 1 seed within the tournament field’s will await the winner of Texas Tech and West Virginia and will hit the hardwood for the tournament’s quarterfinal round on Thursday.

 

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