Kansas head coach Bill Self has lost only 23 regular season conference games during his ten-plus years in Lawrence, and a mere seven since 2008. His heavily favored Jayhawks are off to a 5-0 start in the Big 12 and 17-1 overall record following their victory over the No. 11 Kansas State Wildcats in Manhattan on Tuesday.
KU appears to be well on their way to a ninth-straight regular-season conference title and yet another No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, assuming they can avoid more than one slip-up during their remaining.
While only one currently ranked team remains on the Jayhawks' schedule in K-State, they face a rejuvenated Oklahoma team twice along with a few of tricky road games in Stillwater, Ames and Waco.
An ESPN College Gameday appearance on February 16th with the beleaguered Texas Longhorns in town also highlights their remaining Big 12 schedule prior to postseason play.
January 26: vs. Oklahoma (4:00 PM ET - ESPN)
January 28: at West Virginia (9:00 PM ET- ESPN)
February 2: vs. Oklahoma State (4:00 PM ET- ESPN3)
February 6: at TCU (9:00 PM ET - ESPNU)
Which remaining conference game is KU most likely to lose?
February 9: at Oklahoma (4:00 PM ET - ESPN)
February 11: vs. Kansas State (9:00 PM ET - ESPN)
February 16: vs. Texas (9:00 PM ET - ESPN)
February 20: at Oklahoma State (9:00 PM ET - ESPN2)
February 23: vs. TCU (4:00 PM ET - ESPN3)
February 25: at Iowa State (9:00 PM ET - ESPN)
March 2: vs. West Virginia (2:00 PM ET - CBS)
March 4: vs. Texas Tech (7:00 PM ET - ESPNU)
March 9: at Baylor (6:00 PM ET - ESPN)
A down year overall for the conference features few opportunities for resume-building wins, placing even more importance on the Jayhawks' December 22nd victory at Ohio State against the then-No. 7 Buckeyes.
That non-conference win is certainly Self's biggest accolade for the NCAA Tournament selection committee but it might be rightfully overlooked if he can successfully navigate an middle-heavy Big 12 for his first-ever perfect conference season.