A 9th consecutive Big 12 regular season championship. A Big 12 tournament title in Kansas City. The most wins over RPI top 50 teams in the country. A team with as high a ceiling as anyone in the country. Also a team that has admittedly had plenty of struggles over the course of the year. This is a good Kansas team with experience and talent. Now we get to find out if they can put the pieces together, avoid a let down and put the pieces together to make a run at the Final Four.
That run will start in Kansas City where the Jayhawks will represent the Big 12 as the no. 1 in the South. Kansas is the second overall number one which was a bit of a surprise as many seemed to assume that Indiana would be in that mix. Kansas will take on the Sunbelt tournament champion Western Kentucky on Friday.
The South bracket is full of interesting potential matchups for the Jayhawks if they can continue to advance. A second round date with Roy Williams and North Carolina is a possibility. A Sweet 16 matchup with Shaka Smart and VCU is on the table. Michigan and an elite point guard in Trey Burke. Florida and a very solid stretch four similar to the difficult Iowa State matchup. Georgetown and Otto Porter could be a potential Elite Eight matchup. This is a tough bracket, but it's never easy to get to the Final Four and you have to beat good teams to get there. That said, this one is full of landmines.