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Kansas will still win Big 12

Although they appear depleted, Jayhawks may be as strong as ever

Updated: January 16, 2012, 11:19 AM ET
By John Gasaway | Special to ESPN Insider
Kansas JayhawksJamie Squire/Getty ImagesWith Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey, the Kansas Jayhawks own a formidable frontcourt.

On the morning of Dec. 20, Kansas awoke to news stories saying its team had a problem. Davidson had beaten the Jayhawks 80-74 the previous night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The loss dropped Bill Self's team to 7-3, and that week, KU fell all the way to No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll.

Since that bleak morning, however, the prospects for the Jayhawks have brightened considerably. Kansas has won seven straight games heading into Monday night's showdown with undefeated Baylor at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence. What changed?