The good news is that March Madness is officially here, but the bad news is you will not be getting that billion-dollar check you had hoped for as the chaos is already upon us and more is inevitable.
On Wednesday night, the Duke Blue Devils became the first true victim of the mayhem and on Saturday, the Kansas Jayhawks followed suit by getting stunned on the road by the West Virginia Mountaineers. With both Duke and Kansas suffering losses, the door is open once again for a team to sneak onto that elusive first line on the NCAA tournament bracket. The Jayhawks have now lost twice in three games in the month of March, but the difference between the two games is last week’s loss was excusable — this one is not.
Kansas fell to the un-ranked Mountaineers Saturday in a loss that crushed the Jayhawks’ dream of getting a one seed in the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks tried to mount a comeback late in the second half, but the effort ultimately came up short as the team lost 92-86 in Morgantown. Kansas illustrated its lack of depth in the loss that saw Andrew Wiggins‘ 41-point performance go in vain as he did not receive much help from his teammates. While Wiggins had 41 points on 12-of-18 shooting, the rest of the team scored 45 points going 16-of-44 from the field.
This could prove to be Wiggins’ coming out party, but the rest of the team will have to perform from here on if the Jayhawks want to get back in the national championship picture. Injuries to the touted big man Joel Embiid and a lack of depth have been the Jayhawks’ Achilles heel this season, but can Kansas overcome these obstacles and get back to the top of the mountain?
Kansas currently sits among a slew of teams that are capable of winning a national championship, but have under-performed at one point or another this season; so who will emerge from the pack to capture one of the most wide open titles in years?
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.