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Ticket Punched: Kansas makes its case for No. 1 seed beating Kansas State once again

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Kansas might have played itself back to the top line of the NCAA tournament bracket by sweeping through the Big 12 Conference tournament once again culminating in Saturday's 70-54 victory over Kansas State.

The Jayhawks have lost only five times all season and three of those losses came against quality teams. Sure, they had their head-scratching losses to TCU and a blowout loss to Baylor in the regular season finale when they had nothing for which to play. But every other team in consideration for a top seed, maybe even the top seed, has had similar setbacks.

Georgetown, Indiana and Duke, three likely candidates for the top overall seed a week ago, failed to win their conference tournaments and Duke didn't even win its regular season conference title. The Jayhawks shared the regular season Big 12 title with Kansas State, a team they have now beaten three times.

Why not the Jayhawks? Who has been more consistent this season?

In any given game, there are four or five Jayhawks capable of taking over on the offensive end. The team features one of the best freshmen in the nation in Ben McLemore and center Jeff Withey, the star of Saturday's championship game, in among the best big men in the nation.

None of that makes Kansas a No.1 seed, but all of it has contributed to the resume the selection committee will consider Sunday. It wouldn't be a surprise if the committee has a hard time not making the Jayhawks a top seed.

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