The Associated Press is set to release its final poll for the NCAA Tournament-less 2019-20 college basketball season. Kansas was the No. 1 team in the nation when the NCAA pulled the plug and will presumably be No. 1 in the final poll. But does Kansas head coach Bill Self think that the Jayhawks deserve to be named national champions?
Self was asked that exact question in a Monday conference call. But the longtime Kansas head coach wouldn’t bite. He said that while he’d be fine with being named national champions, it’s not something he’s necessarily hoping for. Self explained that with how things ultimately went down there would “a huge asterisk on both sides.”
“This would be the one particular year I’m all for it but I don’t put any wishful thinking into that because it’s not the way this is all intended to be,” Self said. “There would be a huge asterisk on both sides and I’d be the first to admit it.”
The Jayhawks went 28-3 in the regular season and won the Big 12 regular season title for the 15th time in the last 16 years. Even if they had been knocked out early in the Big 12 Tournament, there was every reason to believe they’d be a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Self: “This would be the one particular year I’m all for it but I don’t put any wishful thinking into that because it’s not the way this is all intended to be…veen if that occurred, there would be a huge asterisk on both sides and I’d be the first to admit it.”
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Unlike in college football where various publications have historically named their own national champions, the college basketball world has always relied on games to determine the best.
Most likely, we’ll wind up with the NCAA declaring no champion for the year 2020 the same way they did with Louisville when their 2013 national title was stripped.
Should Kansas be declared national champions by the NCAA or a major publication?
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