We’re one week closer to March and just witnessed another hectic, entertaining week in college basketball.

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Just when it finally looked like someone other than Kansas might win the Big 12, the Jayhawks went and won at West Virginia and handled Baylor at home. Kansas rose to No. 5 after its big week and is now 6-1 in the Big 12.

The Jayhawks still have their warts. Devonte’ Graham is the team’s only reliable shot-creator. Kansas shoots the 3 well, but it lacks an interior presence. It doesn’t typically hold an athletic advantage over opponents.



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But Bill Self’s squad has defended incredibly well lately, which wasn’t the case early in the season. Kansas has held its past three opponents under 74 points; in the Jayhawks’ three losses, opponents averaged 85.

That’s encouraging if you’re a Kansas fan. Had someone told you the Jayhawks would rip off five straight Big 12 wins, you would have thought they simply caught fire from behind the 3-point line. After all, even if this Kansas didn’t resemble past Kansas teams, it could still overwhelm foes with elite outside shooting. There was always a path to success – but it was a very specific one.

That hasn’t been the case, which is good, because the Jayhawks are proving they can win in multiple ways. If that 3-point barrage is coming, Kansas will really take off. There’s plenty of time to go, but once again, the Big 12 looks like Kansas’ to lose.

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No. 4 Duke only climbed one spot, but the Blue Devils had a nice week. Duke stormed back in the second half to beat Miami and dominated Pittsburgh.

Like Kansas, Duke’s defense is finally coming around. A disclaimer: the Jayhawks have played better teams than the Blue Devils. But Duke has allowed 75 points or less in its last four games, which is progress. Mike Krzyzewski is playing more zone – a sentence that was unfathomable 10 years ago – and it’s working. Duke struggles with man-to-man principles. But the Blue Devils are long, athletic and huge – the first three checkpoints for any successful zone defense.

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