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Why Kansas is a transparent No. 1 and inhabitant pretension favorite

In this indeterminate college basketball deteriorate in that no No. 1 is permanent in a polls and bracketology seeds have extravagantly fluctuated, it has spin increasingly formidable to answer a doubt that starts to climb adult this time of year: Who will win a inhabitant title?

Enter Kansas.

The Jayhawks (25-4, 13-3) only clinched a share of their 12th uninterrupted Big 12 regular-season pretension on Saturday after jolt off Texas Tech 67-58. They’ll expected be a No. 1 organisation in Monday’s USA TODAY Sports coaches poll and are a tip altogether seed in Sunday’s USA TODAY Sports bracketology projections formed on a illusory NCAA résumé that includes the country’s best Ratings Percentage Index.

Coach Bill Self’s organisation looks many opposite than many of his some-more new teams. It lacks a one-and-done deteriorate of dual years ago, when Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid directed a Jayhawks. Instead this is a maestro group, led by seniors Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor, and juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr. These veterans aren’t stars or lottery picks by themselves. But together the recipe has led to one of Self’s improved teams in a final decade. Including a 2008 championship team.

Though a star-studded beginner category — mostly Cheick Diallo and Carlton Bragg Jr. — has underachieved, sophomores Devonte Graham (11.1 ppg) and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (17 points vs. Texas Tech on Saturday) nicely accelerate a gifted lineup.

Forecasting a Kansas inhabitant pretension in Feb is familiar. But it’s opposite this year. The Jayhawks clinched a Big 12 title, not formed on particular talent but as a many some-more cohesive unit. And they won a joining in maybe a toughest year ever; Oklahoma, West Virginia and Iowa State have all been deliberate Final Four candidates. Texas, Baylor and Texas Tech have good Mar intensity as well.

So one expected outcome that indeed did follow preseason forecasts is that Kansas won another Big 12 title. They also were expected to be in a inhabitant pretension hunt. That doesn’t seem too distant off during this point, either.

This ACC pretension competition is super close

Virginia’s large win opposite North Carolina on Saturday and Miami’s feat opposite Louisville done things interestingly tighten during a tip of a ACC standings with one week remaining in a unchanging season. Miami and UNC (both 12-4) are in initial place, while Virginia and Louisville (11-5) are one diversion behind. And if Duke wins during Pittsburgh on Sunday, there will be a three-way tie for second place. All 5 teams are in row for a regular-season title. (Louisville has self-imposed a postseason ban.) The Cavaliers, fueled by an considerable opening from Malcolm Brogdon, looked like a best organisation in a ACC on Saturday. But waste to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech behind in Jan could finish adult costing them.

How about Utah?

No. 23 Utah handed No. 10 Arizona a second uninterrupted detriment on Saturday, besting a Wildcats on their home floor 70-64. After Arizona seemed to have taken control of a Pac-12, now a conference title competition is tighten following that span of waste (the other came opposite Colorado). Oregon leads a standings (11-4) though a Utes (12-5) positively looked like a many chosen organisation in a discussion on Saturday. They’re surging during a right indicate in a deteriorate and should nick a cumulative seed in a NCAAs since of it. Big man Jakob Poeltl (17.7 ppg, 8.9 rpg) is carrying an All-American deteriorate and will be a vital force in March.

Biggest résumé boosts

► Vanderbilt: Defeated No. No. 14 Kentucky 74-62. It’s a signature feat this burble organisation indispensable large time.

► No. 25 Texas: Defeated No. 4 Oklahoma 76-63. It’s a Longhorns’ best win and places them as a plain No. 4 seed in bracketology.

► Butler: Defeated Georgetown 90-87 in overtime. The Bulldogs, who couldn’t means this loss, coughed adult a outrageous lead though hold on — gripping their NCAA hopes alive.

► VCU: Defeated associate burble organisation George Washington, 69-65. It’s a plain highway win for a Rams, who indispensable this one. We talked progressing about a probability of a a Atlantic 10 leader blank a NCAA tournament. It’s still a probability for VCU, heading a A-10 standings.

No. 24Providence: Defeated DePaul 87-66. It’s not a good win during all, though a Friars avoided an nauseous detriment that expected would have put them on a burble after being a top-10 organisation during one indicate this season. A highway detriment to DePaul led to Providence losing 5 of six, so this could vigilance a spin in a right direction.

Biggest résumé blemishes

No. 9 Maryland:Lost to No. 19 Purdue 83-79. That’s 3 waste in 4 games for a Terrapins organisation that has a deceptively unimpressive profile. A win on a highway here could have bulked it adult for a many aloft seed, and they didn’t get it.

► No. 20 Notre Dame:Lost to Florida State 77-56. It hurts a Irish’s NCAA seeding and they indeed were in a using for a ACC title. Not anymore.

No. 22 Dayton:Lost to Rhode Island 75-66. The Flyers have now mislaid 3 of four, that is not a recipe for a gentle résumé position. Dayton was comparatively safe. Now it’s not.

► South Carolina:Lost to Mississippi State, 68-58. It’s not a bad loss, though it hurts nonetheless

► Kansas State:Lost to Iowa State 80-61. No flaw in losing to a Cyclones, but a Wildcats’ NCAA form has too many waste (14). This all though solidifies their NCAA repudiation unless they win a Big 12 contest title.