As long as an elite coach like Bill Self is leading Kansas, the Jayhawks always have a great shot at a Final Four run.
Many questioned his paper-thin 2011-12 roster, a roster that returned only one player who averaged more than 15 minutes per game the previous season and none that averaged double digits in points.
Tyshawn Taylor was the lone returning impact senior, and with more suspensions than leadership qualities, the identity-lacking Jayhawks did not appear on the verge of Self's second Final Four berth.
A mid-December loss to Davidson only continued to fuel the critics.
Not until a late-season nine-game winning streak did many begin to identify signs that Kansas could be a Final Four team.
A freshman phenom, lockdown defender and improved leadership at the halfway point of the 2012-13 season are only a few of the clear signs that KU is a favorite for a repeat Final Four trip.