First, the Fort Worth Star Telegram says the following:
A Final Four for KU? Four starters return from a regional finalist team, and coach Bill Self welcomes the Jayhawks' best overall recruiting class in three years. A key might be how quickly guard Keith Langford regains full form after knee surgery.
And the Dallas Morning News says this:
Forward Wayne Simien and guards Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Michael Lee give Kansas almost unheard-of experience in this era of churning rosters.
"To have these four guys stay together  out of 16 possible years, I think that gives us a leg up," coach Bill Self said just before practice began. "Few teams have four seniors that have been through the fire like we have."
The Jayhawks also have a jaw-dropping talent in 6-5 guard J.R. Giddens. What they hope doesn't return from last season is a lack of depth.
That problem could be solved with the addition of three freshman post players, who should help prevent Simien from wearing down again late in the season.
"I can see the three freshmen having a war every day to see who will be playing the majority of the minutes next to Wayne," Self said.
Kansas will also benefit from being in its second season under Self. The transition from Roy Williams' methods wasn't always smooth, and Self knows his players much better now.
"Last year, it felt as if we were all freshmen," Simien said.