This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Is the reign of the Kansas Jayhawks in the Big 12 about to come to an end? Kansas won at least a share of the Big 12 regular season crown for 14-straight years, ultimately coming to an end in 2019. However, the Jayhawks bounced back in 2020 to capture the crown before the season was cut short due to the pandemic. This season has been a different animal entirely, though. Kansas has lost two games in a row, and three of their last five contests, all within Big 12 conference action. That includes Monday's loss to Baylor in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates. Kansas sits at just 4-3 in the conference at this time. All this on-court adversity does not even include the serious off-court transgressions alleged against coach Bill Self and the program, which have been delayed due to COVID-19. This season could just be an aberration for one of college basketball's blue bloods, or it could be ominous foreshadowing.
Here's a glance at some notable hoopsters in this week's College Hoops Barometer.
Jared Butler, G, Baylor
Let's stay for a minute on that Kansas-Baylor matchup, and delve into one of the reasons why the Jayhawks dominance could be coming to an end. Butler poured in 30 points in the 77-69 win for the Bears. He drained a staggering seven three-pointers for the game. Butler also had a game-high eight assists. As a result, far more than half of Baylor's