JACK'S SMACK: The Big XII is good, not great

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Before we drill into this one, I want to congratulate the Kansas Jayhawks on 10 straight league championships. KU fans should count their lucky stars every day because of Bill Self.

I'm still of the opinion the Big XII is overvalued.

Every TV mouthpiece from Brent Musberger to those local or regional announcers can be nauseating in their praise of the Big XII. They ramble tirelessly on how superior the conference is when compared to other leagues. I heard one guy the other day say the Big XII could get eight teams in the NCAA tournament. I nearly threw up.

It’s amazing what you hear on a Saturday just flipping from game to game. Another announcer started trashing the SEC and at the same time was espousing on the virtues of the ACC.

There was no mention of Tennessee, a middle-of-the-pack SEC team, steamrolling Virginia by 35. Virginia is going to win the ACC over the likes of Syracuse, Duke, and North Carolina and they got run out of the gym by a down-trodden SEC team.

Don't get me wrong, the Big XII is a good conference. It’s not a great conference.

You'll never convince me one team can win the championship 10 years in a row if it played in the best conference in America.

It’s never happened in the Big 10 or the ACC or the old Big East or the SEC.

And by the way, the SEC has won five national basketball championships in the last 15 years. The Big XII has one, and you can thank Kansas for that.

That’s my whole point here. The Jayhawks own the Big XII. Kansas is one of the best brands in college basketball. But make no mistake, this run of 10 straight championships never, never happened at Mt. Oread without Bill Self.

Every KU fan on this planet needs to give the coach a little salute. And let me do it for you…

That’s Jack’s Smack.

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