If Bill Self coaches the rest of his career at Kansas, there might be potential for the Jayhawks to move up — even though there isn’t much room to improve when a program is already in the top five.
“There are programs that rank higher, but in terms of pure college basketball history, does any school have more star power and icon allure than Kansas?” Norlander wrote. “Here’s a laundry list of names associated with the program in the past 120 years: James Naismith, Phog Allen, Adolph Rupp, Dean Smith, Ralph Miler, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Brown, Roy Williams, Bill Self. There’s plenty of others, but that is so much college basketball history in and of itself.
“Amid all the records and achievements, the most outrageous one to me is still Self winning 14 straight regular-season titles (2005-2018). I don’t think that will be duplicated at the power-conference level in the next 100 years. Amid all this dominance, it’s still surprising to know that KU has ‘just’ three national championships (1952, 1988, 2008) but the Final Four runs outside of that are plenty (12) and KU’s 107 NCAA Tournament wins are fourth most in history. Kansas has made 30 straight NCAA Tournaments, a record, and has 240 wins over ranked opponents. Consensus All-Americans: Howard Engleman, Charlie Black, Clyde Lovellete, Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Raef LaFrentz, Paul Pierce, Drew Gooden, Nick Collison, Wayne Simien, Thomas Robinson, Frank Mason and Devonte Graham.”