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Jayhawks head into season with national title aspirations

Kansas lost one of the leading scorers and rebounders in school history, a slashing guard capable of scoring in bunches, a one-and-done prospect with freakish talent and a dazzling 3-point shooter.

And there's a good chance they'll be even better this season.

Hard to believe after the Jayhawks went 33-5, won their 12th straight Big 12 regular-season title and earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. But with the return of three starters and the addition of Josh Jackson, the nation's top overall recruit, the Jayhawks believe they have the chops to win their first national title since 2008.

"We're going to miss two key starters and of course some depth...