The NCAA bracket 2010, as expected, put Kansas atop the list of all 65 teams as the overall No. 1 seed. But can the Jayhawks survive the pressure and hoist the trophy at the end of the NCAA basketball tournament 2010?
Kansas entered the season as the national overall No. 1 and never dipped below the third ranking all winter. They have essentially lived up to their potential from start to finish.
And it means nothing if they don't string together six more victories.
Rarely does a team go from start to finish as the favorite and finish the deal. North Carolina may be an exception, having completed the task last year, although in the interest of full disclosure the Tar Heels were the No. 5 team in the country heading into the Big Dance.
Kansas has a championship under coach Bill Self, but has also been victim to a few embarassing upsets, none more memorable than a first-round loss to little-known Bucknell in the 2004 tourney.
So which Kansas team will show up this time. It only takes one slip up to change the perception of the season, and with the expectations put on the Jayhawks, only a title will officially tag the campaign a success.
The Jayhawks have had a memorable season to date. But they are about to face a six-game gauntlet that will determine their standing in history. Welcome to the NCAA bracket 2010, Kansas.