With the Big 12 Conference crown already in hand, the eighth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks will close out their last week in regular-season play, starting with Wednesday evening's conference clash with the Texas Tech Red Raiders at the Allen Fieldhouse.
While many teams are fighting for a spot in the NCAA Tournament from the bubble, another key part of the bracket is still being determined.
A No. 1 seed carries with it not just prestige, but also a decisive advantage history wise to advance to the second weekend of the Tournament. A No. 1 seed has never lost its first game and has more often won the national title (18 times) than it failed to reach the Sweet 16 (13).
Having grabbed a share of their 10th straight Big 12 title, the fifth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks look to make it all theirs, as they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in conference action at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
With a little more than two weeks to Selection Sunday, the college basketball season almost certainly has a few more surprises even before the NCAA Tournament.
Some of those, though, won’t be many of the best coaching jobs in each league. By now, we know the teams that have overachieved, teams that have faced some of the most adversity and teams that have thrived despite of limitations.
For the most part, we know who is in contention for coach of the year in every major conference even before the invitations to the NCAA Tournament.