Quite similarly to nearly every other season during Bill Self’s tenure, expectations are high for the Kansas Jayhawks entering the 2017-18 campaign.
Previously picked to win the Big 12 Title for the 14th consecutive season, which would mark the longest streak of in-conference dominance in college basketball history, the Jayhawks boast a deep and experienced roster primed for a push in March.
In fact, with the 2017-18 season set to get underway on Friday, ESPN released its annual preseason picks and Jay Bilas headlines a crop of seven writers projecting the Jayhawks to play for the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas. Robbie Hummell went as far as to pick Kansas to win the National Championship.
Kansas hasn’t cut the nets as National Champions since 2008, following a 75-68 overtime victory over Memphis. When it comes to a Final Four appearance, the Jayhawks haven’t reached that point in the NCAA Tournament since 2012 since beating Ohio State before ultimately falling to Kentucky in the National Championship, 67-59.
Now set to begin the season ranked as the nation’s No. 4 team, expectations are once again peaking around Lawrence, and the same can be said around the ESPN studios with numerous writers envisioning a Final Four in the Jayhawks future.
Kansas opens the 2017-18 season on Friday against Tennessee State at 9:00 p.m. ET.
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