TOURNEY WATCH: 3/21/2010

Among the things I would not have predicted heading into this season is the following:

Baylor and Texas Tech will have longer seasons and deeper tournament runs than Kansas.

And that's all I have to say about that. It might surprise KU fans, but I actually was disappointed the Jayhawks lost. No matter what the other Big 12 teams do, the conference will be viewed as a fraud because of what the top team didn't do.

Hating KU irrationally and cheering every early exit was fine during the Wooly years, but now that we have our own program and our own successes, I'm just not as obsessed with them as I used to be. So I'm going to take the high road.

Congratulations on a very good season, Jayhawks. I hope in time you will be able to look back and realize that the Big 12 championships you won (again) made the season a success, because it's damn hard to win the NCAA Tournament — even if everything goes right.

AP Ranking = 7

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 7

NCAA Seed = 2 (West Region)

Record = 28-7

  • Loyola Chicago (14-16)
  • Western Illinois (13-17)
  • Boston University (20-13)
  • No. 2* seed Ole Miss (23-10)
  • No. 3* seed Dayton (21-12)
  • IUPUI (25-10)
  • FHSU (22-7)
  • Washington State (16-15)
  • No. 6 seed Xavier (25-8)
  • No. 8 seed UNLV (25-9)
  • Alabama (17-15)
  • No. 16 seed UAPB (18-16)
  • Cleveland State (16-17)
  • South Dakota (22-10)
  • No. 10 seed Missouri (23-10)
  • No. 5 seed Texas A&M (24-9)
  • Colorado (15-16)
  • No. 8 seed Texas (24-10)
  • No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (22-11)
  • No. 3 seed Baylor (27-7): Win over No. 11 seed Old Dominion (76-68 in the NCAA Tournament)
  • No. 1 seed Kansas (33-3): Loss to No. 9 seed UNI (69-67 in the NCAA Tournament)
  • Nebraska (15-18)
  • Iowa State (15-17)
  • Oklahoma (13-18)
  • No. 5* seed Texas Tech (19-15): Win over No. 8* seed Jacksonville (69-64 in the NIT)
  • No. 15 seed North Texas (24-9)
  • No. 7 seed BYU (30-6): Loss to No. 2 seed Kansas State (84-72 in the NCAA Tournament)

*NIT

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