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Kansas' Updated Big 12 Projections After Texas Loss

Kansas Jayhawks players during a home game.

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 02: Kansas Jayhawks players walk onto the court as fans display a large banner during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Allen Fieldhouse on March 2, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas basketball is officially no longer the Big 12 favorite after last night's loss, per two major analytics systems.

The Jayhawks have been extremely inconsistent in Big 12 play, and fell to 5-3 in-conference with last night's loss at Texas.

Kansas is now 1-5 in true road games. All five of the team's losses on the year are away from Allen Fieldhouse.

That's a major issue for the team's NCAA Tournament prospects down the road.

It also may doom the crazy 14-year Big 12 Championship streak, which looked like a fair bet to continue early in the year.

After last night's loss to a middling Texas team in Austin, ESPN's Basketball Power Index projects Kansas to finish second in the league, behind Iowa State.

ESPN's BPI Big 12 projections.


Obviously, that's a very thin margin, but to have another team ahead of Kansas this far into the season is notable.

KenPom also has Iowa State as the favorite to win the Big 12 over Kansas basketball.

Via Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune:

The Big 12 race isn't always dramatic down the stretch, but this year should be interesting.