Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Kevin Young (40) celebrates with Jeff Withey (5) after wiiing their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Basketball Roundtable: Is Preseason Ranking Right for Jayhawks?

The Kansas Jayhawks were ranked 7th in the AP Top 25 Preseason Poll.

This is the seventh time during the Bill Self era that the Jayhawks have entered the season ranked seventh or higher.

The Jayhawks are the eight-time defending Big 12 champion and are returning three starters (seniors Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey) and eight letterwinners from last season’s team.

Are the Jayhawks properly ranked at 7th in the nation or should their preseason rank be higher?

George: I like that Kansas is ranked seventh. Lots of new faces are starting on this team. Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson are good, but lots of new guys are also going to get playing time. I think they are in a perfect spot.

Ricky: I feel like the Jayhawks should be ranked in the Top 5 (at least) to begin the season. The reason being because I find it hard to believe that the runner-up from last year’s NCAA National Tournament would not be ranked in the Top 5.

I know Kansas lost players like Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, but they still have players like Jeff Withey and Elijah Johnson returning. To me, Kansas should be ranked #4 in the nation. I feel they are better than both NC State and Michigan and I feel Kansas should be higher then Ohio State because of their win over them in the Final Four.

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