JACK'S SMACK: It's too early for KU to make travel plans for April
7:21 PM, Dec 4, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With all this football, I've been a little slow in weighing in on the Kansas Jayhawks.
I see this highly publicized and heralded freshmen class at Kansas couldn't escape the month of November without being upset.
Truth be told, that's probably the best thing that could happen.
The Jayhawks are going to lose a handful of games this season, which means they're going to win 30 to 35 times.
We get carried away with these polls. KU beats an over-hyped Duke team and shoots up to No. 2 in the country.
I've never been big on the polls this early in the season. It's not much of a barometer in determining how good a team really is.
We know KU is pretty good, but I'm still not convinced the Jayhawks are the best team in the Big 12 this season. At least not now; it's too early.
Oklahoma State will give KU a run to the finish.
Jayhawk fans get caught up in winning all these conference titles in a row, but be prepared for what lies ahead. From what I can see, KU needs to toughen up.
Wiggins, Selden and Embiid were outplayed in that Villanova game by their own teammate, backup guard Frank Mason.
The loss to Villanova was not a fluke. KU got manhandled on the glass. The five-day junket to the Bahamas exposed this team.
Bill Self, as usual, doesn't mince words. He was highly critical when assessing the first seven games of the season. He says the Jayhawks haven't played together. They don't play hard and they're not tough. That's from the coach, not me.
Again, with most KU fans, it's all about entitlement.
They expect a final four appearance every year, and there's nothing wrong with that.
On paper, it should happen this year. But I would caution it's way too early to make any travel plans for April. You might have to eat those plane tickets.
Let's see how it all plays out. I'll be watching closely.