KU Basketball: Where Jayhawks Stand Entering Big 12 Tournament

KU Basketball: Where Jayhawks Stand Entering Big 12 Tournament
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The Kansas Jayhawks enter the final week of the regular season with the inside track at winning their eighth Big 12 title in the last 10 years.

The Bill Self-coached Jayhawks enter this week’s contests against Texas Tech and Texas with a one-game lead over the Longhorns for first place in the 10-team conference, sitting at 12-4 in Big 12 play.

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Saturday’s victory over West Virginia gave the Jayhawks their 23rd consecutive season with 12 or more conference wins, a stretch dating back to the 1999-2000 campaign when Kansas went 11-5 against Big 12 foes.

The Jayhawks are currently sitting in second at Kansas sportsbooks in national title odds (behind Houston) at +800.

BetKansas.com, the home to reviews of Kansas betting apps, wanted to stack up how this year’s Jayhawks team ranks compared to their recent predecessors.

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Where 2022-23 Jayhawks Stand

The status quo appears to be holding strong in Lawrence when it comes to the Jayhawks continuing their unprecedented dominance of the Big 12.

Since arriving in 2003, Bill Self has gone 275-67 (.804) in Big 12 play, only losing more than four games on four occasions.

This year’s squad has a shot at continuing that success, with an opportunity to finish the Big 12 slate with a 14-4 record if they beat the Red Raiders and Longhorns this week.

Doing so would secure the school’s second straight season with 14 conference wins and the 11th time in 20 years the Jayhawks have won that many Big 12 games under Self.

Kansas should have the upper hand against both Texas schools, as its won three straight (and 42 out of 49) against the Red Raiders and two straight (and 34 out of 45 total contests) against the Longhorns.

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Breaking Down Big 12 Tournament

Pulling down the No. 1 seed in the 2023 Big 12 tournament would allow the Jayhawks to play the winner of an opening round contest between Texas Tech and West Virginia in the quarterfinals.

From there, Kansas would likely play either Baylor or Iowa State in the semifinals. Kansas has won four conference tournaments since 2013 and has a shot at repeating as champions if it runs through the Kansas City event unscathed.

For now, the Jayhawks will look to “rock chalk” their way past a pair of Texas schools in hostile environments, as they look to enter the conference tournament on a high note.

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Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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