What Must The Kansas Jayhawks Do To Gain Some Respect?

Jordan LanningCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2009

LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 22:  Sherron Collins #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks reacts after sinking a three-pointer as head coach Bill Self looks on during the game against the California Golden Bears on December 22, 2009 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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I have been a college basketball fan for many years, and never have I seen a No. 1 team in the nation get so little attention.

All anybody can talk about is the great John Wall of Kentucky, or Texas who has beaten North Carolina and Michigan State. But nobody wants to talk about the Jayhawks.

Is it because of the schedule? The 'Hawks beat Michigan who was once ranked as high as No. 15. They beat California and UCLA who are always competing for the Pac-Ten championship.

Is it really the Jayhawks' fault that they were scheduled to play teams that are cupcakes?

I look for Kansas to gain a lot more respect here in a couple weeks when they take on No. 25 Temple and No. 14 Tennessee. Both games are on the road so those two will be very tough.   

Those two games definitely will quiet the critics. Then KU fans will turn their attention to the Feb. 8 meeting when the Jayhawks go to Austin to take on the Texas Longhorns. The Texas/Kansas game could, and probably will be the most anticipated game this season.

Whether the teams are No. 1 and No. 2, or not it will still be a heck of a game, both will probably be in the top ten. The Jayhawks will have a chip on their shoulder, Kansas fans are tired of hearing how good Texas is, let's show them who is No. 1 in the nation!