I have often said that the road to the Big 12 championship goes through Lawrence.
After the Jayhawks lost at Oklahoma State on January 19, Kansas sat at 4-2 in the conference. Bill Self's team regrouped, dug deep, and won seven of its last eight games (one was a non-league win) to move back into first place. Monday's win over Oklahoma State put them back int heir normal place at this time of season.
Rock, chalk, Jayhawk has won or shared 11 straight Big 12 titles, an amazing accomplishment. Getting to 12 in a row was never going to be easy. The Big 12, from top to bottom, is the best conference in America this season. I give it the slightest of edges over the ACC and Big Ten.
Think about the roll Kansas is on. Yes, there was a loss at Iowa State, a difficult place to play. The Jayhawks beat Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Texas during this stretch. That is pretty impressive, my friends.
It helps to have an experienced club on the court. Perry Ellis, Wayne Selden Jr., Frank Mason III form a solid veteran nucleus that has been battle-tested. The rigors of the Big 12 night-in and night-out is hardly a surprise.
Self has had others step up. Devonte' Graham scored 27 in the recent win at Oklahoma. Landen Lucas was a factor on the glass and in the paint against Oklahoma State on Monday. Brannen Greene is a legitimate 3-point threat.
It also helps to be dominant at home. Kansas has the nation's longest current home win streak at 40 games. Self is a remarkable 202-9 coaching at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Jayhawks are a model of consistency. Kansas has now won at least 10 league games for 22 straight seasons. This squad can bury the trifecta, hitting 11-of-21 vs. Oklahoma State.
Kansas has scored 90 or more points nine times this season, showing they can score with anybody.
The Jayhawks fans believe they could see their team competing for another national championship in Houston come April.