The Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball program is off to another great start in the 2012-2013 season. In their second game of the season they were upset by a talented Michigan State team in the Champions Classic. Since then the Jayhawks have rattled off 10 consecutive victories. The biggest victory came when they upset Ohio State on their home court and they made it look easy. Even though that is the only ranked team KU has beat this season, according to RPI rankings they have played the 3rd hardest schedule.
With the Big 12 looking like they might be down this year as a whole and KU looking like they are again a Final Four team, many people are predicting another Big 12 Title For Bill Self and the Jayhawks. That would make it 9 years in a row the team has done that. Bill Self has been praised for re-loading the Jayhawks every year with great talent and keeping them on top of the Big 12. This season KU had to find a way to replace their senior point guard and the National Player of Year runner-up big man. Everybody thought KU would be good again this year but that it would take until February or March before that to happen because they were going to have to rely on under class man. Well Bill Self proved people wrong again and has the team in the top 5 already.
A big reason to KU and Bill Self’s early success is the star freshman Ben Mclemore. Ben couldn’t play last season because of grades but you can tell that having a season to practice with team and get used to Bill Self’s style of play has paid off. He is leading the team in scoring and is the early leading candidate for Big 12 Player of the Year. He is also getting consideration for All-American and some people even think he has the talent and ability to make a push for National Player of the year. He is an amazing athlete that can jump out of the gym but also has the touch to shoot the ball anywhere on the court. He might be the best freshman Bill Self has ever coached, which is saying a lot. But as they say, you still have to play the games and only time will tell what this KU basketball team can do and what accolades Ben Mclemore will be able to attain.
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