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Critics may decry Kansas for a handful of earlier-than-expected NCAA tournament losses in the past 10 years, but that does nothing to change the fact that Bill Self’s program has been the sport’s most consistent.
The Jayhawks have participated in the last 10 NCAA tournaments (a streak that actually dates back to the 1989-90 season), reaching the Elite Eight in five of them and the Final Four in two. They also took home the 2007-08 national championship after an impressive 37-3 year.
But what really makes Kansas stand out among its peers when it comes to consistency is its domination of one of the country’s power leagues. The Jayhawks have won nine consecutive Big 12 crowns, fending off challenges from the likes of Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri and some kid named Kevin Durant at Texas.
They have also won six of the past eight Big 12 tournaments. To say that the Big 12 has been Kansas’ personal training grounds for the NCAA tournament this decade would be quite the understatement.
As long as Kansas continues to rack up conference crowns, NBA draft picks, No. 1 seeds and appearances in the Final Four, the occasional misfire in an early NCAA tournament round will do nothing to knock it off its consistency perch.