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Kansas Basketball: 5 Early Predictions for 2014-15 Season

Kansas Basketball: Early Predictions for 2014-15 Season

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The Kansas Jayhawks were once again an elite team in college basketball this past season. The team will have to try and replace Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but a great recruiting class is coming in and some key pieces are returning. Before the season gets underway in a few months, let’s take a look at five early predictions for 2014-15. Some bold, some not so bold.

5. Kansas Will Not Win the Big 12

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5. Kansas Will Not Win the Big 12

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Kansas not only competes for a Big 12 title every year, it wins the Big 12 title every year. Well, that has at least been the trend the past few years or so. The Jayhawks will once again compete for the conference title, but I am going bold here and saying that the Texas Longhorns will dethrone them by winning the regular season conference title. Texas is coming off of a surprisingly good season and will be even better in 2014-15.

4. Wayne Selden Will Be the Jayhawks’ Best Player

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4. Wayne Selden Will Be the Jayhawks’ Best Player

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Wayne Selden only averaged 9.7 points per game this past season, but the kid is very, very talented. Kansas will not be short in that department, but Selden should receive a bigger role and he will really take advantage of that.

3. Perry Ellis Will Have His Best Season Yet

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3. Perry Ellis Will Have His Best Season Yet

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Perry Ellis is coming off of a breakout season where he averaged 13.5 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. He is one year wiser, which will lead to his best season yet.

2. Jayhawks Will At Least Make the Elite Eight

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2. Jayhawks Will At Least Make the Elite Eight

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Although I am predicting Texas to win the Big 12 this year, I am still predicting Kansas to at least make the Elite Eight. This team is going to get better and better as the season progresses. Also, I am clearly expecting a big season from the Longhorns.

1. Kansas Will Disappoint in Non-Conference Play

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1. Kansas Will Disappoint in Non-Conference Play

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As I said in the previous slide, Bill Self’s team is going to get better and better as the season progresses. A few very talented freshmen are joining the team. Not to mention, this team will look completely different than last year’s squad. As a result, it will take some time before Kansas is clicking on all cylinders. All will be okay in the end, though.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.