The day that Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins spurned the opportunity to leave Lawrence early for the NBA was also the day that the Kansas Jayhawks became the front-runners to cut down the nets in Indianapolis.
A year ago, the Jayhawks were the pleasant surprise after losing nearly everyone of note besides Collins and Aldrich from the national title team.
They overachieved and went to the Sweet 16.
But this year, they had the targets on their back all season.
There was the preseason scuffle between members of the basketball and football teams that some figured could throw KU off its game. Then, starting guard Brady Morningstar was suspended for the first semester after being caught driving while intoxicated.