The Kansas Jayhawks have made each of their 2017 NCAA opponents look like those other guys in the race against Usain Bolt. Those guys look good, they look ready, they’ve got their gear and they’re trained to excel. Problem is: Usain Bolt. In the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Kansas is Usain Bolt. They are the sprinters, talking to and smiling at their opponents as they zoom joyfully by. The Jayhawks can’t help it — they’re just doing what they love. Kansas dismantled Purdue in the Sweet 16 after trailing early on, soaring and slamming, sprinting and defending their way to a 98-66 shellacking.
Kansas has now beaten Purdue, Michigan State and UC Davis by a total of 90 points. Most telling is that the Jayhawks are ostensibly led by Frank Mason III, Naismith Player of the Year Finalist. But you can’t ever tell who the best player is while watching Kansas play. At any given moment it changes. It could be Landen Lucas, Lagerald Vick, Josh Jackson, or probably some guy on the end of the bench we haven’t seen yet, too. VegasInsider now has the Kansas Jayhawks at 5/2 to win it all, ahead of UCLA 7/2). North Carolina is next at 4/1.