No. 6: These Are The 1 Seeds
Our Bold Prediction No. 6 is a look at Kansas, the fourth No. 1 seed in our Preseason bracket.
The Jayhawks may be the fourth No. 1 seed in our bracket, but they may have a better chance that some of the other four teams on this line to be a one seed when all is said and done. If Brandon Rush’s knee is OK – and all reports so far say that it is and that he should ready by early December – the Jayhawks will be favored to return to the Final Four and to contend for its first national title since 1988. Kansas is the clear favorite in the ridiculously weak Big XII, and therefore they should have no problem, barring injuries, getting through the regular season with four or fewer losses. Their OOC schedule is manageable (vs. Arizona, at USC, at BC) and they shouldn’t lose more than a couple games in conference. Aside from Rush, the Jayhawks are stacked at every position. Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins make up a dynamic backcourt. Super sophomore Darrell Arthur takes over as Kansas’ force inside, replacing the departed Julian Wright. He’ll have some help in the paint with the arrival of 6’11” freshman Cole Aldrich, who Bill Self loves. All told, the Jayhawks have as much depth as anyone in the country, they are tournament tested, and they have a star player looking to show NBA scouts that the knee that kept him out of last year’s draft is just fine. Sounds like a one seed to us. Don’t be surprised to see Kansas fans strolling the River Walk come March.