3. Kansas (11-1)
A semifinals loss in Maui to a great Marquette squad remains the only loss on Kansas’s schedule. The Jayhawks already possess wins over Kentucky, Tennessee, and Connecticut and are quietly building a resume to rival any from seasons past. A few of the faces are different this season, but this team certainly looks potent, tough not infallible.
The Jayhawks won a close game at Indiana last weekend and almost had a let-down this week, falling behind at the half at home against Yale on Friday night. They rallied back for a 75-60 victory over the Bulldogs in their last game before Christmas. Kevin McCullar Jr. was absolutely dynamic with 34 points while Nicolas Timberlake added 13 off the bench.
The Jayhawks have stockpiled some nice wins, with a few of them even coming away from home, though their performances haven’t exactly looked great in some of the metrics. At the end of the day it’s all about the record and Kansas has been nearly flawless, owning some important wins in the eyes of the Selection Committee. We’ll worry about that in a few months, though it’s just Wichita State standing between the Jayhawks and the start of Big 12 play.