JACK'S SMACK: Don't count the Jayhawks before they've hatched

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - I was shooting the bull with some of my buddies the other night, and we were discussing KU basketball's recruiting class.

I think there's more pressure on Bill Self than ever before. The guy keeps raising the bar – on himself. It's crazy. 

Three hundred wins in 10 years at Kansas, and the rabid fan base keeps craving for more. That's not a bad thing, but these KU fans can get on your nerves.

They're like Indiana Hoosier fans.

That happens when you have only one dominant sport to carry the torch for the entire university. Believe me – this same group of fans will be the first to turn on Self if he struggles at the finish line.

It happens at all programs. We, as fans, are fickle.

Anyhow, I digress. I get all fired up when talking about KU fans.

John Calipari is one of the few coaches who wouldn't change places with Self. Kentucky has eight McDonald's All-Americans, but I'll take Self over Calipari every time in getting the most out of players.

Is there a danger of not having enough basketballs to keep everyone happy? Maybe.

Look what happened to Kentucky last year.  NIT embarrassment. They were lost without Nerlens Noel.

Kansas is loaded this year. Self has a stable full of stallions to deal with.

Andrew Wiggins scares me a little. Can anybody be this good? Really?

I can't wait to watch him.

Expectations are through the roof for this KU team. I'm not being facetious when I say this, but the Jayhawks might have a better chance of winning the national championship than winning the Big 12 title outright.

As good as KU is expected to be, there's always a K-State lurking in the weeds.

This year, it will be Oklahoma State.

Warning to all Jayhawks – don't count those little chickies before they hatch.

That's Jack's Smack.

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