JACK'S SMACK: I'm happy for K-State, but KU deserved Big 12 conference title outright

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Let's tie up some loose ends with all this basketball taking place.

Kansas City is hosting four different tournaments -- 12 days of March Madness this month.

There's a lot at stake in the next two weeks at Sprint Center. The Big 12, then  two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

It's going to be great for KU and K-State fans. They won't have to travel right away.

Jayhawks are a virtual lock to stay in KC the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Critics like to refer to it as KU entitlement.

I know where they're coming from, but I'm not necessarily buying that. Here's why.

I'm not a big supporter of the NCAA, but I do feel the committee tries hard to get it right for this tournament.

KU wins at least 25 games and the league every year. For that reason, they deserve to stay close to home for the early games.

For the record, Kansas City has been the site of these games for only the third time in the last 17 years.

In 2004, KU was a 4-seed and got to stay here. In 2009, KU was a 3-seed and the Jayhawks were sent to Minneapolis.

If you draw either of the top-two seeds, you don't need to do any extra packing.

This year, KU will probably be on the 2-line, which should be good for some home cookin'.

Let's not forget K-State, who shares a part of the league title.

I do have a problem with the way they split this championship. While I'm happy for K-State, I believe when you beat a team twice in head-to-head competition, then the trophy should be yours.

Still, it's good to see someone actually challenge the Jayhawks. Even in a down year, KU is still the alpha dog around here, whether you like it or not.

It doesn't matter. It ain't changing ‘til all the other teams get better.

That's Jack's Smack.

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