The regular season has come and gone, and the league champion Jayhawks were shut out of all major awards. How should that settle with Kansas fans?
Kansas finishes the Big 12 season at 13-5, which is more losses in conference play than its ever had under Bill Self, but still good enough to win an 11th straight Big 12 title. The Jayhawks complete the regular-season portion of their schedule at 24-7.
Despite being without three starters, Kansas took Oklahoma down to the final possession on Saturday, losing on a tip-in shot with less than one second to go. Should KU fans be more encouraged at the valiant effort, or discouraged with the lack of execution that continues to plague the team on final possessions? Also, had Kansas not put together that rally to defeat West Virginia, we would be looking at a four-way tie for first place right now, so thank your lucky starts for that.
The season has concluded and the Big 12 awards were announced on Sunday, so we run through those and say where we disagree with the coaches. Did Kansas deserve to get blanked in the awards, or is there some reason behind how the best team in the best conference deserves to get some representation? How was Bill Self snuffed of the coach of the year award? And the biggest robbery of all might not even have to do with an individual award, but rather the All Big 12 teams.
Up next for Kansas – the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks will play the winner of Wednesday night’s Kansas State/TCU game on Thursday at 1:30 pm at the Sprint Center. Could some revenge against the K-State Wildcats be in store for the Jayhawks as they look to win their first Big 12 Tournament since 2013? For Inside the Paint this week, there will be a show before and after each Kansas game. We’ll be back on Friday to recap the Thursday quarterfinal and preview Friday night, and as long as the Jayhawks advance to the championship game on Saturday, we’ll manage a Saturday morning show as well.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in college basketball. Tickets are being punched, buzzer-beaters are occurring, and the madness is ensuing. In case there wasn’t already enough madness, Daniel Cunningham runs around the neighborhood in his boxers as part of his ‘Perry Ellis won’t make the All Big 12 First Team’ bet.
You’ve been warned.
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