Team: Kansas Jayhawks
Conference: Big 12 Conference
Coach: Bill Self
Record: 30-4, 15-3 in conference
KenPom Rank: 1
- Vanderbilt (Maui Invitational)
- Baylor (x3)
- Oklahoma (x2)
- West Virginia
Impact Players: One impact player is Perry Ellis. This big man averages about 17 points, 6 rebounds, while shooting 52% from the field.
Another player to keep an eye out for is Wayne Selden Jr. This year he has averaged about 13 points per game as a junior. He is really a scorer as opposed to assisting others.
How did they get in?: No questions asked, these Jayhawks dominated the nation. For most of the season almost everyone in college basketball not only knew Kansas was in the tournament, but a number 1 seed. Their defense has been impregnable, their three-point shooting, impetuous.
How far can they go?: This team has National Championship potential. These Jayhawks are one of the most balanced teams in the nation. They have the ability to beat any team in the nation. It seems someone else on their team can step up and win a game for the Jayhawks. That diversity is very dangerous in March. Austin Peay looks like the first of many victims on a run by an experienced Kansas team.
Last time in NCAA Tournament: Last season a 13 point loss to Wichita State sent the Jayhawks home early. This year Kansas will look to advance past the round of 32.