At the beginning of last season, you had to get in line to start doubting the Jayhawks. It was understandable, given that Bill Self and his staff were were in the unenviable position of needing to replace Marcus and Markieff Morris in addition to a whole host of graduating seniors.
Even the ever-optimistic Kansas faithful were tempering their expectations and preparing for a "down year" in Lawrence.
Alas, Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor and Co. showed everyone why you shouldn't doubt a Bill Self squad.
Still, with Robinson and Taylor gone for the NBA, surely now is as good a time as any to start doubting these guys, right?
I'm not biting. Bill Self is simply too good a coach to let his team slip terribly far. More importantly, Self is one of the best in college basketball at cultivating talent and turning young recruits into smart and well-rounded basketball players.
So who will come up big for the Crimson and Blue this year?
Without further ado, here are the most important players for the Jayhawks as they look to make another improbable run through March.