Kansas Thinking Second Title

George LangbergContributor IApril 8, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 27:  Head coach Bill Self of the Kansas Jayhawks coaches against the Michigan State Spartans during the third round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Lucas Oil Stadium on March 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Following a National Title season Bill Self did a great job this past season by leading his Jayhawks to the Sweet 16, which many thought was unexpected. Coach of the Year Bill Self has high expectations for his team next year and believes that they have the pieces in place to get another National Title.

With Sheron Collins and Most Improved Player of the Year Cole Aldrich most likely coming back for another season it will give Kansas a chance to excel.

And although Aldrich and Collins are big parts to Kansas having a good season there will be many other players coming back as well like Tayshaun Taylor, the Morris twins, and Mario Little.

It was not a phenomenal recruiting job by Bill Self but he did get some pretty good players still like the sixth ranked shooting guard, Elijah Johnson and the seventh ranked power forward, Thomas Robinson.

Plus there is a small chance they could wind up getting undecided number one ranked guard, John Wall.

In a not so powerful Big XII especially with the loss of Blake Griffin to Oklahoma it should be a pretty clear cut path to Kansas winning the Big XII. Missouri would be in the conversation with this past year's team but without two front line guys in DeMarre Carroll and Matt Lawerence it will be tough.

Texas will be out of the mix because they were not able to do well in the Big XII with sharp-shooting, A.J Abrams and without him will only make them worse. So unlike this year I suspect that the Jayhawks will win the Big XII.

And without a question Kansas has a shot at ultimately winning the National Tournament because the have jaw dropping talent in big man Cole Aldrich who should be very dominant in the upcoming year and speedy Sheron Collins who can create plays and shots for not only him but for players on his team.

Kansas is also determined for another national championship after only being two years removed from glory.