A suddenly competitive Big 12 Conference has Kansas State and Oklahoma State thinking big in dethroning eight-time defending champ Kansas.
A semi-impressive win in Stillwater last week officially put KU back into the pole position for No. 9. A dominating first-half against TCU over the weekend left four regular season games, two of which are road tests against tourney-seeking teams.
A clean sweep of those four games would ensure another title but Bill Self's Jayhawks must stick to a rather simple blueprint to get it done.