There was some train of thought out there that No.1 Kansas might let up a bit following its clinching of at least a share of the Big 12 title on Saturday against Texas Tech for the 12th straight year.
Oh boy, was that thought wrong.
The newly-minted number one team in the country went out and took Texas behind the woodshed on Monday, beating the Longhorns 86-56. Perry Ellis, as he so often has been this season, was the star for the Jayhawks, scoring 20 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists. Frank Mason was also terrific, scoring 14 points and dishing out six assists, including one to Jamari Traylor.
That was basically a perfect representation of Texas’ night, where just about nothing went right. The Jayhawks shot just a totally ridiculous 64 percent from the field and 69 percent from behind the 3-point line. This game would have been even worse if the Jayhawks could have knocked down free throws, given that they only shot 11-of-24.
It’s pretty safe to say that Kansas is trending toward being the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. If the Jayhawks take care of business on Saturday against Iowa State at Allen Fieldhouse — where Bill Self is 206-9 in his career at Kansas — it feels like it will be a lock that they’ll be the No. 1 overall team in the field, regardless of what happens in the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks’ resume overall is just superior to every other team in the field.
Kansas has 10 wins over the RPI top-25. The next closest is Oklahoma with seven. They are No. 1 in the RPI overall and No. 1 in road and neutral site games. They only have one loss outside of the top-20, a shocker to Oklahoma State. It’s a nearly unimpeachable resume compared to the rest of the country.
Indeed, the Jayhawks have asserted themselves as the national championship favorite. And it doesn’t look like they’re slowing down anytime soon.