Kansas Jayhawks: Will They Be Stopped Short in the Tournament by Louisville?

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IMarch 16, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Markieff Morris #21, Elijah Johnson #15 and Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate after defeating the Texas Longhorns 85-73 to win the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament championship game at Sprint Center on March 12, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Kansas has a fairly clear cut advantage when it comes to the first and second games they have to play. The Jayhawks will mutilate Boston University's board game and will create turnovers that will make the Terriers head spin.People have realized the weaknesses and inconsistency of Illinois' Dimitri McCamey, who will most likely roll past the UNLV Runnin' Rebels.

With that in mind, getting to the Elite Eight will be the first tough task for Kansas, because they will probably have to barrel through the Louisville Cardinals to do so.

Against Connecticut, Louisville's Peyton Siva showed a knack for creating a turnover more than he ever has before. Cardinal leader, Preston Knowles has the veteran leadership of David Lighty and Brad Wanamaker, preparing his team and providing them with the ball movement and flow that they need to keep their pace. They are a fast paced team, and Kansas' speed is not as electrifying as the agile Cardinals. 

Each Kansas player will need to be at their best, not having sloppy ball control or missing layups. Markieff and Marcus Morris are obvious pieces necessary to pull away, but Tyshawn Taylor will need to play a game similar to the one he had against the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship. I don't know what he channeled in order to put up numbers like that, but whatever it was, I hope he bottled enough of it to carry with him throughout the Tournament. 

Kansas has great depth and will not have a problem competing. Whether or not their manpower holds the tools to make a deep run is something that we all have to watch and see.