3. Kansas (12-1)
Not much really needs to be said because Kansas really has been a national title contender for decades. Adding Hunter Dickinson in the Transfer Portal certainly elevated the program’s profile and made them one of the top contenders and their performance in the first two months of the season certainly supported that, with fantastic wins over Connecticut, Tennessee, and Kentucky among them.
The Jayhawks were back on the court on Saturday after the holidays in Kansas City for a neutral-site matchup against Wichita State. Kansas proved they remain in another class, handling the Shockers in an 86-67 victory; their eighth in a row. Dickinson had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Kevin McCullar Jr. put up 20 points, and K. J. Adams Jr. had 9 points and 11 rebounds.
We noted those three really great wins, but Kansas has honestly outclassed most of their opponents this season. Things certainly haven’t been perfect for the Jayhawks; there’s no question about that. However, Bill Self has assembled one of the most talented rotations in all of college basketball and this team will certainly be among the heavy favorites not just in the Big 12 but in the NCAA Tournament. Conference play starts at home next weekend against TCU, a somewhat easy start in Lawrence.