There’s no secret, the Kansas Jayhawks are peaking at the right time. Heading into the NCAA tournament. They’ve won the Big 12 outright in the regular season. Then, they took down West Virginia to win the conference tournament last weekend.
Now, they head to Des Moines to begin the biggest tournament of them all, hoping they rediscover that took them to the Final Four in 2008 and 2012, with a National Championship coming in 2008. Despite that, head coach Bill Self believes that winning in Kansas City, doesn’t guarantee success in the NCAA tournament, but playing your best basketball at the right time just might.
“Well, I don't know that there's any -- I'd like to say there's a lot of correlation between success this weekend and success next weekend, but I'm not sure there is,” Self said. “We've lost over here, we've lost in the first round in the tournament a few years with Baylor and went to the Sweet 16 and lost, you know, last year in the finals and ended up, you know, exiting early. Then we've won it and advanced and won it and not advanced. So I don't know that it's any perfect deal, but I do think that with our guys, we've been on kind of a high here with momentum, you know, in the last six weeks or so. It's something that we certainly didn't want to lose or, you know, fight to have to get back. So I think our guys should be confident going into the weekend.”