Gary Parrish takes a look at the Big 12 basketball season and not surprisingly, KU comes out on top. Way on top. KU's schedule in the Big 12 is, on paper, about as easy as it could be, with the top teams from the South all visiting Allen and the North still mired in coaching change mud. Indeed, as soon as Nebraska finds a new coach, Bill Self will have the most tenure of any coach in the North if I'm not mistaken.
Back to Parrish, you should definitely check out the whole article, but here's the concentrated essence of what he says:
There are three teams in the nation that, heading into the season, appear to be a level above everybody else. Kansas is one, with the others being Florida and North Carolina. So any Jayhawks fans worried about a third consecutive loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament need not worry. This team will be playing deep into March, and perhaps into April.
KU will likely be favored by 5 or more in every big 12 game this year. I think the toughest game will be in Manhattan for some reason. If Huggs knows one thing, it's that he has to stop the multi decade streak and win one for the first time in Bramlage.