April 5, 2007
KU early favorite for 2008 title
Mixed in between the coaching changes, NBA draft declarations, and the usual off-season drama college basketball fans have come to enjoy, are several stories from national experts who look ahead to the 2007-08 season and what might be in store. With the two-time defending champs Florida bracing for the loss of all five starters, who bolted the program to the top of college basketball, all eyes are focused on the Kansas Jayhawks as the team to beat for the 2008 National Championship. Bill Self will have all the pieces back from a team that won 33 games, but more importantly, finds himself with a very experienced group of players.
It seems like every season Kansas is considered one of the teams to beat going into the next season. KU is rarely ranked outside of the top 10, and the returning talent is always good enough, at least on paper, to warrant title-talk.
Kansas is going from one of the youngest, most inexperienced teams in the country, to one of the more experienced, older team in the country. For the past two seasons, the Jayhawks have relied heavily on sophomores and freshman to carry the load.
In 2007-08, the roster is loaded with upperclassman, led by Russell Robinson, Darnell Jackson, Sasha Kaun, and juniors Mario Chalmers, Julian Wright, and Brandon Rush.
Rush is the only threat of defection, as the 6-foot-6 2007 Wooden All American may decide to test the NBA waters.
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