Right now, college basketball is flying under the radar nationally. But come February and March, you could be hearing more about Rock Chalk Jayhawk.
3rd ranked Kansas continues to win, albeit not as easily. The 64-game home winning streak is still alive after some close calls by a couple of West Coast teams in UCLA and USC. The bottom line is they somehow find a way to win, and that’s all that matters going into Big 12 play.
This squad is battle tested once that begins, and the return of Josh Selby helps even more.
Selby made his debut against USC, finishing with 21 points, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in the Jayhawks’ 70-68 win at Allen Fieldhouse. Selby was suspended for nine games by the NCAA for accepting impermissible benefits from a reported business manager associated with the Denver Nuggets. But now he is back and the Jayhawks offense has instantly improved.
Brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris are the big men who are both considered legitimate contenders to land on an NBA roster. Currently, they are being projected as power forwards in the pros at 6’8″ and 6’9″ respectively, and both have the shooting range and versatility to play the position. Tyshawn Taylor and Brady Morningstar can run things from the guard position and drain the shots when needed.
Depth and consistency could be a blessing for Bill Self’s team once league play begins. The road to the Final Four won’t be easy, as Missouri and Kansas State will give the Jayhawks a run for their money. Oklahoma State is a dark horse that can surprise a few teams. Really any team in the Big 12 can be a trap game.
So if Kansas can make it through a tough Big 12 schedule, anything can happen come March. They’ve done it recently, winning the 2008 National championship. The field is wide open for Rock Chalk Jayhawk to hang another banner from the rafters.
Written by C. James