LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 25: Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts after scoring as the Jayhawks defeated the Missouri Tigers 87-86 to win the game on February 25, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Following a week where Kansas grabbed a road win at Texas A&M and a memorable Border War victory in Lawrence, the Jayhawks now sit at no. 4 in the most recent college basketball poll.
The slight move up the ranks puts Kansas in line behind Kentucky, Syracuse and Duke and seems to put them in a position for a top seed in the Midwest region. There are still two games left in the regular season with one winning giving Kansas the outright Big 12 title for the fifth consecutive year. Kansas has already locked up a share for an eighth consecutive time and now holds the longest active streak as Gonzaga's streak in the West Coast Conference was recently brought to an end.
In addition to the elevated team profile, junior power forward Thomas Robinson also earned Big 12 player of the week honors for his performance. His most notable effort was of course the 28 point, 12 rebound output against Missouri on Saturday. That effort included a three point play late in regulation to send the game to overtime and Robinson turned in that performance despite sitting for a portion of the first half with two fouls.
All in all it was a good week for Kansas basketball and the Jayhawks find themselves in a position that would have seemed unlikely just a few months ago at the start of what was expected to be a rebuilding year. As the saying goes, the Big 12 title goes through Lawrence Kansas. The Jayhawks will look to avoid an emotional letdown tonight when they head to Stillwater to take on a tricky Cowboy squad on senior night at Oklahoma State.