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The Kansas Jayhawks (18-4) are in first place in the Big 12, which is impressive considering this division is home to three of the top 10 ranked teams (No. 4 Missouri and No. 6 Baylor).
Thomas Robinson will get serious consideration for National Player of the Year, and Tyshawn Taylor has been spectacular. The Jayhawks have had an extremely tough schedule, with out of conference games against No. 1 Kentucky (L), No. 5 Duke (L), and No. 3 OSU (W*, without Jared Sullinger).
Kansas has 10 very difficult games remaining, including two against Missouri, at Baylor, and at K-State. This stretch, combined with what will be an ultra-competitive Big 12 tournament, could prove to be draining for this team.
Free throws are a concern for Kansas; they are ranked 176th in the country in free-throw percentage (68.5 percent). How many times have we seen a close game come down to the team that can hit from the charity stripe?
In addition, Bill Self's teams have had a propensity of getting knocked out prematurely from the tournament over the past few years. They lost in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament to Northern Iowa after being the No. 1 seed with a 29-2 regular season record. In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, they lost to VCU in the Elite Eight after being the No. 1 seed and compiling a 29-2 again in the regular season.
Unfortunately, I have the same feeling about Kansas this year.