CNNSI/Athlon preview the 2005-2006 Jayhawks

The whole thing is worth a read. Here's their conclusion.

For the first time in recent memory, Kansas enters this season in a rebuilding mode. The talent is there, but it's still raw and untested. Even if Chalmers, Downs and Wright mature quickly, the Jayhawks will have a tough time challenging experienced teams like Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech for the Big 12 title.

Like his players, Self hopes KU fans show patience as the Jayhawks search for an identity.

"We'll be inconsistent early on," Self says. "But by the time conference play gets here I hope we've become a consistent team that is tough for anyone to deal with."