This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
Kansas bounced back in a major way in the 2019-20 season after snapping a streak of 14-straight regular season Big 12 titles the season prior. Bill Self's squad went 17-1 in the conference, besting Baylor by two games. The Jayhawks and Bears were the only two teams in the Big 12 that had a conference record over .500 last season, as the middle of the pack absolutely beat up on each other.
The Big 12 always goes through Lawrence, but Baylor should be the favorite this time around, along with an argument for preseason No. 1 nationally. The Bears return their top three scorers in Jared Butler, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell. They do lose breakout big man Freddie Gillespie down low, but veterans Mark Vital and Tristan Clark are more than capable of picking up the slack in the frontcourt. Kansas on the other hand, loses two of the best players in the Big 12 last season in Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike. Five-star freshman Bryce Thompson will be tasked to step in and replace some of Dotson's production, while former McDonald's All-American David McCormack will hope to replicate Azubuike's defensive prowess on the interior. Do-it-all guard Marcus Garrett could be in store for a Tyrese Haliburton-like season from last year with massive production across the board.
The one team that might be able to challenge Baylor and Kansas is Texas Tech, but that will all be determined on whether Georgetown transfer Mac McClung is