The hallmarks of Kansas under Bill Self over the years have been inside-outside post play and gritty defense, the kind of in-your-shorts man-to-man that leaves opponents gasping for air.
That trusted formula has produced 13 straight Big 12 championships.
But if the No. 10 Jayhawks are going to break a tie with the UCLA teams of the 1960s and '70s for the most consecutive conference titles, their formula will look quite different this season: They are going to pour in 3-pointers, race around the court and simply outscore their foes.
"I do think you can get tougher. I do think you can get harder. I do think you can become more competitive and learn how to compete...