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Jayhawks could turn back clock

'08 Kansas and '10 Kansas are similar, but it will come down to Sherron Collins

Updated: March 3, 2010, 10:01 PM ET
By LaRue Cook | ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesIf Collins can pull a Chalmers, KU '08 and KU '10 may have another commonality: a ring.

Bill Self had to be feeling a sense of déjà vu as he left Stillwater on Saturday.

It marked the second time in as many trips that the Kansas Jayhawks have entered Gallagher-Iba Arena ranked in the top 5 -- only to exit with a loss to an unranked Oklahoma State Cowboys team.

Self is probably trying to remember the speech he gave his team after the loss in 2008 -- because that squad responded with a 13-game streak to win the program's first NCAA title in 20 years.

Speech or no speech, the stats say a similar scenario is possible. Side by side, the 2009-10 Jayhawks don't look too different from the 2007-08 Jayhawks. By the numbers, they might actually be better.