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Kansas is the best college basketball team right now. Here’s why.

Kansas is the best college basketball team right now. Here’s why.

By James Bell


We are steadily approaching the month of March, and you know what that means…the college basketball regular season is about to end and the conference tournaments and March Madness are soon to come. We have seen a few good games over the course of the season and a few good teams. Early on, we saw North Carolina be an impressive team and now they are in the middle of a race to win the Atlantic Coast Conference which may be the deepest conference in college basketball. Villanova is the defending national champion (over UNC) and looks to get back to the title game as they currently lead the Big East standings. The Pac-12 has a few good teams in Arizona, UCLA, and Oregon as all three currently are in the top 10 in the polls. Gonzaga has dominated the West Coast Conference and has an unbeaten record so far. However, the team that I feel is the best team in college basketball is the Kansas Jayhawks. There are a few reasons why I feel that way…

1. They have the best out of conference wins in the nation.

When you take a look at the schedule that Kansas had outside of the Big 12, you’ll see that they had wins over then #1 Duke in the second game of the season, and they have a win over then #4 Kentucky at the 21st game of the season. Neither one of those games were at home, and good road wins are a sign that a team could be poised to make a serious run at the national championship. Duke is being talked about as the best team in the country, and Kentucky is in contention to win the SEC this year. Kansas beat both teams, showing that they can play with anyone.

2. Kansas is the class of the Big 12 Conference…again.

Talk about playing a broken record, if you will…Kansas has dominated the Big 12 Conference in the regular season, tallying twelve – TWELVE – consecutive regular season titles. They are on their way to winning their 13th straight regular season title, as they currently have a three game lead over Baylor, who they beat on the road over the weekend. They swept the Bears this year with close wins on both occasions (total point differential was seven points) and beat West Virginia at home (avenging the loss in Morgantown). They do have a road game against Oklahoma State, but also play three teams that among the bottom of the conference to close out the regular season.

3. They have the best backcourt in the nation.

Before the season started, there were many pundits that said that Kansas had the best backcourt in the country and they have lived up to that expectation. Frank Mason III leads the team in scoring with a 20.2 PPG average and Devonte’ Graham is also producing on offense with 13 PPG. They are very versatile on both ends of the court and have been a big reason why the Jayhawks have been able to win those close games they have had over the course of the season. They have had one teammate that is also a very good player, and is reason #4 why Kansas is the best team right now…

4. Josh Jackson is the best freshman in the country.

There are a lot of guys that have been in the spotlight in the 2016-2017 freshman class. Lonzo Ball of UCLA and Markelle Fultz are the talk of the Pac-12. Kentucky has their usual crop of great freshmen, with this year’s team led by Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo. Duke has a pair of good freshmen as well with Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, with Tatum among the top scorers for the Blue Devils. However, Josh Jackson has been the best player of this class. He came in early in the season and contributed right off the bat, as he was key in the Jayhawks’ win over Duke this year (15 points on 7 of 9 shooting) and currently averages 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists per game from the small forward position. Look for him to come up big in the NCAA Tournament, as he has done so in a lot of the big games that Kansas has already had this year.

The Jayhawks have a good mix of veteran players and young upstarts to play with a lot of the teams in the NCAA, and their 24-3 record so far proves that. The four reasons listed above separate Kansas from every other team in the country, and that is why right now they are better than everyone else.

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Kansas is the best college basketball team right now. Here’s why.
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Kansas is the best college basketball team right now. Here’s why.

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