Kansas: NCAA title favorite or early casualty?

Rufina Vignone
Marzo 19, 2017

OR almost paired its Pac-12 regular season championship with a tournament title but stumbled 83-80 to Arizona as 2-point favorites in the final.

Don't these guys ever learn? They've had a tremendous season, they've got 30 wins.

A natural wing, Jackson has played most of the year as a mismatch four man, putting together 11 double-doubles while also serving as the Jayhawks' best passer at times.

The No. 20/18 Drake University women's basketball team (28-4) is a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament and the Bulldogs will play at No. 7 seed Kansas State (22-10) Saturday, March 18, it was announced Monday night on the NCAA Women's Basketball Selection Show on ESPN.

"We've had notable disappointments". It could play to chalk, with the higher seed advancing each time, or wind up as that one wild and insane region that receives the red-marker treatment on brackets across America.

Most people are immediately flocking to the South region as the toughest, and rightfully so, but Kansas could see extremely tough matchups in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight if the other top teams in the Midwest play their part. Will they finally live up to them this time?

"It's not easy, no matter what program you're talking about", Self said.

"Tulsa is obviously a place that is very fond to us (Self family members)".

"You've got to have fun, stay loose, keep things fresh and play with a objective".

Kansas fell to TCU 85-82 as 8-point favorites at the Sprint Center in its first Big 12 Conference tournament game.

So, instead of something you or I don't want to see, let's point out something that one of the teams in this region is dreading. "It gave us a chance to catch our breath, sharpen our focus and tighten up some things on the court".

Q. Now, how about Michigan State, making a 20th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance? Beat Miami and a Kansas team that looks maybe a teensy bit vulnerable, though, and suddenly we're all once again talking about Izzo's March magic. Is there a three-week run in Kansas, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Baylor, West Virginia and Kansas State? No. 4 Purdue and No. 5 Iowa State won't scare anyone, either. It could have been a lot worse for this team than it turned out to be.

In the 2017 tournament, Kansas earned the No. 1 seed and will play either North Carolina Central or UC Davis on Friday. Even that matchup makes Self a tad nervous. We have been in the Big 12 all year, so it is nothing we have not seen. "You don't have as many dominant teams as you had 15 to 20 years ago. I just hope it's postponed for another year".

Why Kansas might win it all: The Jayhawks check every box. All but the Blue Devils are top seeds. Coming up with all 32 is very hard, this year even more so.

The Jayhawks really have no excuses this year. They have a future Hall of Fame coach in Bill Self, a legitimate National Player of the Year candidate in Frank Mason, a projected lottery pick in Josh Jackson - plus great guard play in general, experience, toughness, a winning pedigree ... I also think that they are going to face a team in the Sweet 16 that will take them down. But the Cyclones are tougher than their record (23-10) indicates: five of their six road losses have been by six points or fewer and they've played one of the nation's five toughest schedules. The 16 teams here will be playing for the right to get to Kansas City, Mo., for the regional semifinals and finals.

"It's nice to stay in the region, keep the travel simple and know you'll have your fans there", Self said.

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