Almost two months ago, the vast majority of KU fans were already looking ahead towards next year. February 3rd, the last place team in the Big 12 conference rolled into the daunting Allen Fieldhouse and defeated Kansas. This was more than just another loss, this was the third loss at home this season in the building with the highest home winning percentage in all of basketball.
The season was over, the conference championship streak was over, they said. Since that game, Kansas has been almost perfect. They closed out the rest of the regular season by winning the conference championship. At that moment, most of those doubters back in February began to believe again just a month later.
When the conference tournament came around, KU became even hotter, winning three in a row by a convincing margin, hoisting the conference tournament trophy after the championship game.
On selection Sunday and the tournament field of 68 teams were seeded, Kansas was a one seed, which was unbelievable considering where they were a month ago.
Experts doubted this, out of the 27 ESPN experts, only one had the Jayhawks reaching the final four. That same expert picked them to not just reach the final four, but win the national championship.
Two weeks later, through all the doubt, the Kansas men’s basketball team find themselves packing their bags for San Antonio, in preparation for the final four, a game away from the national championship. They will look to silence the doubters for good, one last time.