Will 2006-07 Kansas Basketball Tickets Wind Up Being Historic?

By: Jay Nault

Kansas basketball tickets are as cherished as any sports tickets in the world, and every season brings new hope to the entire state. The Jayhawks are one of those truly historic programs, and the coming season is one sprinkled with hopes that are as high as any in recent seasons. It's hard to believe that a program that's as consistently good as Kansas hasn't won a national title since 1988, and below will be a look at whether or not that "drought" is about to end.

Key Returnees

It'd be easier to talk about who isn't returning for Kansas - nobody. The Jayhawks get all five starters back, and the scary thing is that they're still young. Kansas features three sophomores and two juniors in their starting five, and that includes stud forward Brandon Rush, a prospect who could easily have gone on to the NBA after last season, but is back to build on his early success in Lawrence. G Mario Chalmers is also a feared slasher, and Kansas' bigs are also a force in the paint.

Additions

Even though Kansas returns every starter, that doesn't mean that Kansas basketball tickets won't allow fans to see some new top-notch talent. Kansas landed two top-15 recruits in F Darrell Arthur and PG Sherron Collins, and each is expected to jump immediately into the rotation. Arthur in particular may be called on early, as starting C Sasha Kaun injured his knee just before the season, and his immediate availability is in doubt. Collins will also see plenty of time, as Coach Bill Self loves to bring waves of pressure and high-intensity defense at opponents, and Collins is more than quick and athletic enough to be a problem for opposing guards.

Challenges

The challenges appear to be few in number for Kansas, as this team is loaded and ready for their schedule. Perhaps the biggest challenge Kansas will face is in regards to their mentality. The Jayhawks started last season terribly, and then ripped off 15 wins in their final 16 games to roll into the NCAA Tournament with a lot of momentum. Many "experts" picked Kansas to win it all.

However, those predictions proved wrong immediately, as Kansas was stunned in the first round by Bradley. The issue? Kansas was no longer an underdog or a surprise. They had a target on their back for the first time, and that target is firmly in place this season before it even starts, as the Jayhawks are the overwhelming favorite in the Big 12.

Overall, if Self can keep his team focused and loose, Kansas basketball tickets could be available well into March and ultimately for the Final Four.

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