What we learned – West Virginia at Kansas: Why would you NOT trust KU?

Suddenly playing their best basketball of the season, Kansas beat West Virginia to win their third straight game.

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It took every last bench player they had, but the Jayhawks got it done in Ft. Worth on Big Monday. They beat TCU to move to 8-4 in conference play, keeping pace with the first-place Kansas State Wildcats. While keeping the streak may seem like a long shot at this point, we discuss why we think KU will have an excellent chance to repeat as conference champions should they keep up their play like they did on Monday.

It was a great weekend for Kansas, who got a blowout win over West Virginia and the gift of a Kansas State loss, bringing them within a half-game of the league lead. It was a dominant performance for KU, who has won three straight games and looks to be entering the home stretch playing their best basketball of the year.

There’s plenty to talk about as far as college basketball goes, like how ESPN loves Duke and who currently stands as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the NCAA tournament. We talk about the impending March tournament, who the Jayhawks should look to avoid being paired with, and what needs to happen for KU to secure the most important piece of its tournament puzzle: a spot in the Kansas City regional.

Of course, the big test comes this weekend, as the Jayhawks need a road win at Texas Tech to really feel good about their odds of securing a 15th straight Big 12 crown. It’s a similar position to the one they were in last year, but this time, there’s no Devonte’ Graham to put the team on his back and pilot the Jayhawks to a league-clinching win. We talk about the current state of the league, which has four teams within a half-game of each other for the conference lead. What is it going to take for the Jayhawks to keep the streak alive?

Ryan Landreth

I’m a recent graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University. In addition to writing for Rock Chalk Blog, I host the Inside the Paint podcast that covers KU basketball, and I write for Royals Review in the summer. My grandma has had season tickets to Jayhawk basketball for 30 years, and I have the privilege of going to most games with her.