Kansas has won 13 straight Big 12 regular-season titles. Coach Bill Self wants Jayhawks fans to realize that’s not normal.
It hasn’t been a dream season for Kansas, although the Jayhawks likely will be a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech holds the lead in the Big 12 standings by one game, and the Jayhawks haven’t defended Allen Fieldhouse with the same tenacity as in years past, losing two conference games at home.
Still, there’s no need to hit the panic button. According to Matt Galloway of the Topeka Capital-Journal, Self made it clear that the Jayhawks are still one of the nation’s elite programs:
“Whether our fans do that or not, hey, welcome to the real world. I mean, good God. Hey, Duke feels the same way. North Carolina feels the same way. That’s life. This is what’s unbelievable to me about our fan base, and I love ’em and they’re great, but for 13 years we’ve gotten a T-shirt when we won the league. I mean, it was that big a deal we’d get a T-shirt. And now that we’re a game behind, the heavens are falling.”
The Jayhawks still have six games remaining in the regular season, including a road game at Texas Tech on Feb. 24. Kansas probably won’t be a 1 seed in the NCAA tourney, but the Jayhawks do have a legitimate chance to win their 14th straight Big 12 title.
If they don’t, then their fans will join the rest of us here in the real world.