Kansas marching into March Madness with conviction after winning Big 12 title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Inside the Kansas Bubble, reality is distorted.

This wasn’t the best KU team in Bill Self’s 15 seasons, not even close. But it wasn’t going to tank either. There were questions, lots of them for a team that lost the national player of the year (Frank Mason) and 61 percent of its scoring.

But it wasn’t a disaster either.

That Kansas Bubble can sometimes be a place of entitlement, expectation, birthright. Not by the players, but because of the breathless expectations of their followers.

Nothing, it seems, is ever good enough.

“Everything was about what were we going to do without Frank,” Kansas guard Devonte Graham said. “How were we going to replace Josh [Jackson]? If we had any depth.

“We knew what we had.”

That didn’t become fully evident to everyone inside and outside that bubble until Saturday night. Kansas backed up another Big 12 regular-season title with another Big 12 tournament title, this time with an 81-70 win over West Virginia.

In the process, that bubble burst. For those fans who lamented all the so-called “issues” regarding this team, just stop it. Prior to this week, the fans at about 330 of the 351 Division I schools would have taken this team in a heartbeat.

Article source: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/kansas-marching-into-march-madness-with-conviction-after-winning-big-12-title/

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