It would have been easy for Kansas to ease into the season with a cupcake schedule, considering it lost it's starting five and had a gang of newcomers to work into the system, but it did not. In fact, now that the brackets are out, Kansas has one of the most impressive schedules in all of America. There was no trip to Hawaii this year, but by my count Kansas played 7, yes 7 games against teams that are in the field of 65. That number jumps to 12, when you add in the Big 12 Competition.
KU Played #9 seed Siena, #11 Temple (which won the Atlantic 10 title), #9 seed Tennessee, #2 Michigan St. #12 Arizona, #3 Syracuse and #4 Washington.
This should serve as an example to those teams in the major conferences that are whining about not being in the tournament. Beef up the non-con and you may have a chance. Furthermore, it helps your team get better. I am willing to bet the young talent would not have progessed the way it did, had KU not challenged itself early in the season.
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