Five of the six games involved last-minute theatrics that decided the outcome.
Others, while not ready to travel to the depths of the aforementioned extreme, were also hesitant to anoint the Jayhawks as kings of the league for an eighth straight season.
The majority of Kansas fans scoffed at the notion, and perhaps justifiably so—seven consecutive Big 12 titles speak volumes. However, in their heart of hearts, they were also ambivalent about their team's potential.
This was not the prototypical Bill Self team.
Initially, before the first tip-off, senior guard Tyshawn Taylor had culminated more playing time throughout his college career than the rest of his teammates combined.
The fate of the team rested on the shoulders of Thomas Robinson, a junior that averaged less than 15 minutes per game during his sophomore campaign.
There were no McDonald's All-Americans running out of the tunnel, and at times, it showed throughout March Madness.
But that's what made this particular team so endearing.
These are the five best moments that epitomized Kansas' hair-raising expedition to New Orleans.