Kansas basketball failed to win the Big Ten regular season for the first time since Bill Self’s full year. The Big 12 Tournament is still in play.
To win it, the Jayhawks are going to need to figure some things out away from Lawrence. KU was undefeated at home, but really struggled elsewhere this season, especially in conference play.
Luckily, the trip to the Big 12 Tournament isn’t too far. The Jayhawks should have a pretty strong contingent at the Sprint Center in nearby Kansas City.
Tonight, Kansas begins its Big 12 Tournament against a very hot-and-cold Texas squad.
The Longhorns are just 16-15 and 8-10 in conference. They own a number of huge wins though, including North Carolina, Purdue, Kansas State, and these Jayhawks, keeping their NCAA hopes alive despite a wholly mediocre record.
ESPN’s Basketball Power Index has Kansas as a relatively big favorite over Texas.
The computer model gives KU a 64.3-percent chance to beat the Longhorns.
Kansas is definitely the hotter team, despite all of the attrition from the roster and the road struggles. The Jayhawks are winners of six of their last eight. Texas has lost four of five entering the post-season.
Each team won its home game in the regular season series this year.