3 Reasons Why Kansas Is A Great Bet To Win The Big 12 Tournament
The Jayhawks are peaking at the right time
- If you’re thinking of placing a bet on the winner of this year’s Big 12 Tournament, you can’t go wrong with the Kansas Jayhawks. History is certainly on their side, with Kansas winning eight of the last 14 Big 12 Tournaments.
- The Big 12 lacks bonafide contenders outside of Baylor, giving Kansas an easy road in the conference tournament.
- Kansas is the hottest team in the country with 15-straight wins heading into its regular-season finale against Texas Tech on Saturday.
- No team in the Big 12 can match up to Kansas center Udoka Azubuike.
- This year’s Jayhawks are looking to make it nine Big 12 Tournament crowns in 15 years. Here are three reasons why Kansas is a great bet to make that happen.
1. Weak Competition
The lack of competition inside the Big 12 is one reason why the Jayhawks are likely to cruise to another Big 12 title. At the moment, the conference is likely to get five or six teams into the NCAA Tournament. However, the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma are barely going to sneak into the Big Dance while West Virginia’s seed has plummeted over the past month. None of those teams are unlikely to win three straight games, much less upset Kansas. That only leaves Baylor as a viable contender for the Jayhawks. Of course, the Bears are struggling lately as well, dropping two of their last four games, including a home game against Kansas. In fairness, Baylor is still a top-10 team that proved earlier this season that they’re capable of beating Kansas. But that means there’s just one team in the Big 12 that can take down the Jayhawks during the conference tournament.
2. The Jayhawks Are Red-Hot
There’s been no team that’s risen above the rest during the college basketball season, but Kansas is making a strong case. Heading into their regular-season finale, the Jayhawks have won 15 games in a row, making them the hottest team in the country. The suspensions the Jayhawks endured after the fight against Kansas State are behind them and there are no serious injury concerns for Kansas at the moment. Also, the Jayhawks are as healthy as they’ve been all season. In other words, all of the pieces are in place and Kansas appears to be clicking at the right time of year.
3. Udoka Azubuike Is A Beast
Even if he doesn’t win National Player of the Year or even Big 12 Player of the Year honors, there might be no player in the country who creates more mismatches than Kansas center Udoka Azubuike. He’s been a monster all season, averaging 13.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, tallying 14 double-doubles to this point of the season. Azubuike was questionable to play earlier in the week against TCU, but not only did he play, but he exploded for 31 points and 14 rebounds. He also blocked five shots, as he continues to make an impact on both ends of the court. The regular season has proven that there’s no team in the Big 12 that can contain Azubuike, and that isn’t likely to change in the conference tournament. As long as Azubuike remains close to unstoppable, the same is true of Kansas.