It's amazing the difference a few weeks can make.
It wasn't even a month ago—after a statement 84-55 victory over then-No. 19 Texas—that Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks looked to be hitting on all cylinders. There was chatter about not just making a deep run in this year's NCAA tournament, but of possibly being one of the favorites to win it all.
But the Jayhawks (24-9, 14-4 Big 12) will enter the field of 68 limping and a little hobbled—literally.
They've lost three of their last five games, they got bounced by Iowa State in the Big 12 tournament semifinals and don't know when, or even if, they'll get back their stud big man Joel Embiid in time for him to have any tournament impact.
Suddenly, the once-peaking Jayhawks have the look of a team that could be headed for upset city pretty early.
They're the No. 2 seed in the South Region and will need to face the No. 15 Eastern Kentucky Colonels in the second round. EKU has been picked as a possible Cinderella by many in the know, and if the Jayhawks get by that game, a showdown with New Mexico or Stanford looms for a shot at the Sweet 16.
But dismiss them at your own peril. They're still Kansas, one of the premier programs in the nation, and they have tons of talent.
Can they win it all? That remains to be seen.
But it’s a definite possibility, and here's their blueprint.