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Bill Self Believes Kansas Jayhawks Will Be Better In 2012-13

CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has the word that head coach Bill Self believes the team will be even better next year -- even without their two best players.

The Kansas Jayhawks have proven themselves to be a great squad this year upon the shoulders of Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor with their close losses to major powers like Kentucky and their big win over Big 12 rival Baylor the other night. The Bears were previously undefeated before coming to Allen Fieldhouse, yet Kansas dominated them by 18 points in the end. Yet even so, CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman has the word that head coach Bill Self believes the team will be even better next year -- even without their two best players.

Goodman writes, "Kansas coach Bill Self believes the Jayhawks will be better next season despite losing Tyshawn Taylor and almost certainly losing Thomas Robinson. I think he may need to have his head examined. However, he'll add two guys sitting out: Ben McLemore and Jamari Traylor. Self and his staff feel as though McLemore can be a star and has as much NBA potential as anyone in the program right now -- and that includes Robinson. The starting lineup could look like this: Elijah Johnson (senior), Travis Relford (senior), Jeff Withey (senior), McLemore (redshirt freshman) and maybe either Traylor or freshman forward Perry Ellis. The Jayhawks will add depth with the addition of a recruiting class that includes Top 50 players Andrew White and Ellis."