Kansas head coach Bill Self is only worried about coaching his team and isn’t focused on realignment.
But the future Hall-of-Famer acknowledged on Monday that the Big 12 could expand in ways that wouldn’t affect basketball.
“I don’t have any idea or any insight at all to what the presidents are thinking,” Self said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “I think there’s a chance that we could expand. I don’t see it in the immediate (future), but I think we could. I think if we do there’s a better chance of doing football only. I don’t think it would affect the basketball.”
Kansas has been the sport's most consistent team the past 12 seasons
Self's streak of consecutive league titles is an entirely just outcome stemming from one simple yet fundamental fact: KU has been arguably the most consistent team in the nation since 2005. And in terms of performance prior to Selection Sunday, you can replace "arguably" with "clearly."
The Jayhawks' only real competition for the "most consistently elite team since 2005" honor is Duke. KU and the Blue Devils are the only two teams that have arrived at Selection Sunday ranked in the top 20 at kenpom.com in each of the past 12 seasons. Of these two programs, only Kansas has been ranked in the top 15 at the end of 12 straight regular seasons.
Of course, the fact that the Jayhawks have won "only" (ha) one national title in that span, while Duke has won two, and that Self is 2-4 in the Elite Eight during his career at KU are pieces of evidence often cited as proof that Kansas is somehow falling just short of the pinnacle. It's true March has brought its fair share of disappointment to the Jayhawk faithful, but those letdowns should be seen in the context of a team that sets the highest expectations seen anywhere in Division I. KU has been seeded No. 4 or higher in every NCAA tournament since 2001. No other program comes close to matching that mark. (Duke's corresponding streak dates to 2008.)
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