Sunday, March 12, 2017

Jayhawks earn No. 1 seed in Midwest region

Kansas will play First Four winner between NC Central and UC Davis

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) beats his chest during a Jayhawk run against Baylor in the second half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) beats his chest during a Jayhawk run against Baylor in the second half, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at Allen Fieldhouse.


A season that began with high hopes, huge non-conference showdowns and a quest for a 13th consecutive Big 12 Conference title, moved into the postseason on Sunday with the Kansas men’s basketball team earning the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Kansas, which finished the regular season 28-3 and lost to TCU in a stunner in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 tournament last Thursday, earned a 1 seed for the seventh time in head coach Bill Self’s 14 seasons in charge of the program. The Jayhawks (28-4) were the No. 1 overall seed in last year’s NCAA Tournament and were on pace to repeat that feat again this year until the loss to TCU.

Instead, defending national champion Villanova (31-3) enters this year’s tournament as the No. 1 overall seed and the Jayhawks take the consolation prize of discovering that the loss to the Horned Frogs did not hurt their chances to stay close to home for the tournament.

Kansas, which will face No. 16 seed and winner of the First Four game between NC Central and UC Davis (5:40 p.m. Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio) in the first round, will open the tournament Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 220 miles south of Lawrence. Game times will be announced later this evening and the Jayhawks will head to Tulsa on Wednesday.

If the Jayhawks can win two games there, they will advance to the regional semifinals in Kansas City, Mo., which is slated to host the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight at Sprint Center.

A win by Kansas in the first round would put the Jayhawks against the winner of (8) Miami vs. (9) Michigan State in the second round in Tulsa.

Here's a quick look at the Midwest Region, top to bottom.

1 - Kansas

2 - Louisville

3 - Oregon

4 - Purdue

5 - Iowa State

6 - Creighton

7 - Michigan

8 - Miami

9 - Michigan State

10 - Oklahoma State

11 - Rhode Island

12 - Nevada

13 - Vermont

14 - Iona

15 - Jacksonville State

16 - NC Central/UC Davis

Self and two KU players are expected to meet with the media shortly after 6 p.m.

Stay in touch with for updates and reaction throughout the evening.

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Andy Godwin 3 years, 10 months ago

Interesting that if ISU advance and KU can take care of business they could play at the Sprint Center, where ISU challenges tHe KU fan base for home court advantage in KC. Time to turn it on KU. Rock Chalk, Go, Fight, Win.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Brutal regional. Glad we still got the Tulsa-KC road to the Final Four, but so many potential potholes along the way. And Iowa State in our region? For a possible Sweet 16 matchup? If we're going to lose, I'd rather lose to anyone but Iowa State! They'd hold that over us forever the way we hold the 1988 Elite Eight and title game over Kansas State and Oklahoma!

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Notice how UNC Still got a #1 seed and Duke, Louisville, and UK got #2 seeds?

Joe Ross 3 years, 10 months ago

Bryce Landon

Joe, what the hell is the matter with you...We pissed away perhaps a #1 seed and a Tulsa-Kansas City road to the Final Four!

Joe Ross

What's wrong with me is that I am not given to histrionics like you are. We won't be losing a number 1 seed. That idea is ridiculous, as is the your excessive worry about Kansas' playing locale. Aren't you the "Fire Bill Self!" guy?

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

Glad you posted this. It's great to remind people how ridiculous they are at times.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Yes, Joe, I was wrong about losing the Tulsa-KC road to the Final Four. I'll own it. And I was the Fire Bill Self guy after KU's loss to WSU in 2015 until we got to the Elite Eight last year. Did you notice I stopped demanding Bill Self's firing during the 2016 offseason? Because it was no longer justified.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

When you lose 19 games in two years, repeatedly blow big leads in fall-from-ahead losses, and get bounced in the Round of 32 in back-to-back years - including an embarrassing rout by Little Brother from Wichita, then yes, that's grounds for firing, or at the very least a pay cut.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

well, keep in mind, he does win a lot of conference championships, may go into the HOF this year, highest winning percentage of active coaches. A lot there. Who would you rather have?

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Nobody else now, but at the time I wanted to see KU bring in Gregg Marshall, Tony Bennett, or Fran McCaffery. But after the way things went in 2016 - a 30-plus win season, a Big 12 postseason title to go along with the Big 12 regular season title, and an Elite Eight appearance, I'm satisfied with Self remaining our coach - for now.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 10 months ago

Are you friends or related to anyone on the board of regents in Indiana? Sounds a lot like the same head hunt they had on Knight.. Look at Indiana now..Self is a hall of fame coach and is at worst a top five coach currently, but realistically top two. If you want Marshall as your head coach W.S. is right down the road..

Eliott Reeder 3 years, 10 months ago

Greggg Marshall as coach of these Jayhawks!?! Gross.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Joe, you could go back through my posts and find several that were said in the heat of the moment but pretty stupid looking back. Pretty sure that anyone who has posted regularly has done the same.

These are the final polls for the season.

Kansas lost, North Carolina lost, Duke lost Oregon lost and UCLA lost in their respective tournaments. Arizona and Notre Dame won their respective tournaments.

How does North Carolina and Duke move to a #1 seed and a #2 seed, Oregon goes to a #2 seed while Arizona drops to a #3 seed in the Midwest bracket?

At worst, Bryce said that perhaps Kansas lost their #1 seed. Some of these decisions are nonsensical.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Correction: Duke won the ACC but still went from #14 to a 2 seed.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Wrong; UO is the 3 seed in the Midwest and UA is the 2 seed in the West.

Right; Neither UNC nor Duke deserved the #1 seed. I hated the way the talking heads were advocating for a #1 seed for Duke and were shocked they didn't get it. First of all, Duke lost 8 games. Too many losses for a #1 seed. One of those losses was at home to a bad NC State team that finished in the ACC cellar and fired its coach in February. UNC didn't deserve it either, with 7 losses. Arizona had the better record at 30-4; they deserved the #1 seed that went to UNC. (And I say that as someone who hates Arizona for what they did to us in 1997 and who likes UNC.)

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

I was looking at Joe Lunardi's final brackets. Everyone makes mistakes.

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

Here is a hint why things don't make sense when you look at the AP/Coach's Poll's: they don't matter. The selection committee has their own criteria to decide who's the best and in what order.

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

3 of the top 4 teams got 1 they obviously DO matter.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 10 months ago

let's go! good point about ISU and their home court advantage/ recent dominance of the sprint center. Also, if it is not ISU will likely be Purdue--the match up that many said will be extremely difficult for KU. Follow that up with a match up again possibly UL and if the Hawks get to the F4 they will have earned.

good luck and hopefully we get a few lucky bounces along the way....

Dustin Lentz 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's make sure all players are on lock down until game time - I kid. But seriously - let's do this!!!!!

Ben Kane 3 years, 10 months ago

ugh on the purdue/isu... that's a tough game. plus izzo in the second round. better be bringing it for 40.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

You're right about Izzo; he and his Spartans have won four of the last five games against us, the lone victory coming in one of those Thanksgiving tournaments in 2014-15. I'd rather face Miami in the Round of 32. But first things first; let's worry about UC-Davis/NC Central. We have to handle our business against our 16-seed opponent and not make history for all the wrong reasons on Friday.

Brian Mellor 3 years, 10 months ago

On a non-Jayhawk note, great for Northwestern finally earning a trip to the Dance.

On a partially-Jayhawk note, interesting that Manning's Wake Forest makes it to the tournament the first time in a play-off game against K-State, haha.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

First the Cubs win the World Series, now Northwestern gets into the NCAA Tournament? The Chicago sports scene has been turned upside down, has it not?

Chad Conover 3 years, 10 months ago

Possible 2nd round match up against Miami (who beat Duke and unc).... one game at a time.

Rae Bricil 3 years, 10 months ago

Wichita State a 10 seed! (and 8 in KenPom). If they win they get UK again--seems they play every year in the tourney.

Tracey Graham 3 years, 10 months ago

They got jobbed. The funny thing is that they were sitting on the 8/9 line in Joe Lunardi's projected bracket forever. Then they clobber Illinois State to win their conference tournament and they drop down a seed line. I thought they should have gotten a 6 or 7 seed

Marius Rowlanski 3 years, 10 months ago

Bubble team TCU must have got jobbed as well...

Adam Bengtson 3 years, 10 months ago

Actually it was not. Wichita State won 2 games in top 50. Both were Illinois State, and they didn't make the tournament. WSU beat 1 team in the NCAA bracket. South Dakota State (16 seed) They got a 10 seed. How is that a hose job? It's who you beat.

George Powell 3 years, 10 months ago

Ok, so why are the times not set yet. How hard is it to list the game times. CBS should already have the schedule set.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

They are now. The LJW just updated the article at the top; we play our 16-seed opponent at 5:50 pm.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

Just announced, Self suspended Mason and Lucas for not getting into trouble!

Kent Richardson 3 years, 10 months ago

We should be able to make it out of Tulsa. Cursory glance show Miami and MSU are teams we can outscore. I don't think Izzo will be able to play tough effectively against this squad. At KC we will need to beat maybe either ISU or Purdue. We can score with these two teams but outscoring them will be tough. Morris and Swanigan will want to let everyone know know they are a better choice than FMIII for post season honors. If we can get past the sweet sixteen then the sky is the limit.

Tracey Graham 3 years, 10 months ago

KU will have to beat either Miami (FL) or Michigan State, and then probably either Iowa State or Purdue just to get to the Elite Eight. That's not going to be easy. Then Oregon or Louisville as a potentail Elite Eight opponent, if KU gets that far. The committee did KU no favors, even with them playing in Tulsa and then possibly in KC.

Of course, none of the #1 seeds have an easy path. I thought North Carolina's half of its bracket was fairly easy, but they've got UCLA or Kentucky in the other half of that region, so....

Outside of the KU stuff, really happy for Danny Manning. I wasn't sure Wake Forest would get a bid

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Imagine the storylines with Danny Manning going up against KSU...and how Manning and the Miracles wrecked KSU's amazing 1988 season in the Elite Eight.

Joe Ross 3 years, 10 months ago

I absolute LOVE Kansas' position in this bracket. People are going to nitpick the Iowa State thing and other potential factors, but at the end of the day when you are bracketing the top 68 teams in the country, your path to a national championship will ALWAYS have teams youre unhappy with facing potentially. In fact, I love Kansas' position as a number 1 more than any of the other number 1s. Gonzaga wont get past West Virginia if both teams make it that far. Nova has both Duke and Baylor in their bracket (they stand to face only one of these teams), and UNC's bracket I think is the toughest. I love where Kansas is. I think it's a fair bracket given their performance in the season and they have a "home path" to the Final Four.

I'll sleep good tonight.

Ben Kane 3 years, 10 months ago

i'll take louisville as our 2 for sure.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree Joe I think we have the best path to the final four than any of the other regions even after losing the Big 12 opener. I really like the fact Iowa State is in our bracket I'd rather see us play them than Purdue, we know Iowa State and wouldn't have to worry about scouting them as much as a unknown. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

Let's be real here - the NCAA put KU and ISU in the same half of the bracket because (A) we didn't get that in the Big 12 semifinals, and (B) they want a sold out Sprint Center for the Sweet 16.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm good with that, that's real.. But I'm also good with us beating ISU. Did it once and should've a second time if we hadn't fell asleep. We can beat those guys and know how to. BRING IT!

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

What do you mean "just proven"? Iowa State has proven that for at least four years. They've won the Big 12 Tournament three of the past four years, twice at our expense. Honestly, I'm surprised the Cyclones haven't started doing what we do and schedule a regular-season game in Sprint Center.

Adam Bengtson 3 years, 10 months ago

If Kansas advances to KC, I suggest fans getting off their asses to fill up Sprint Center. What Iowa State has been doing there past 5 years is an embarrassment for a school that is next door to KC.

Joe Ross 3 years, 10 months ago

Damn straight. A couple of years ago I was in the beer garden area and ISU fans outnumbered us 2 to 1 easily.

Adam Bengtson 3 years, 10 months ago

Can everyone please stop following ESPN and their Bracket garbage. Joe Lunardi is rated toward the bottom of the bracket matrix. We all think he has it all figured out, when in reality he is off, and bad. Its not hard to predict who gets in. The talent lies within the seeding.

Kristi LaFrance 3 years, 10 months ago

Anyone know how to find out if/when they will have open practices in Tulsa?

Trey Hohman 3 years, 10 months ago

Easiest bracket of the entire tourney. No more excuses Bill Self : KC Chiefs apologists. (same person) if we don't lose in round of 32, Frank Mason & Josh Jackson will separately win us sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in spite of Self's neurosis to try and under prepare for the 2nd weekend.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

I think it is the toughest route, but I always do.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 10 months ago

Not the easiest bracket for sure.. But I think the match ups favor us..

Shannon Gustafson 3 years, 10 months ago

How is this possible!?! Reading the comments on here over the last couple days it sounded like a certainty that we'd be a 2 seed ;)

Barry Weiss 3 years, 10 months ago

those folks were high Shannon. I have to say, I like your posts. You know your stuff. Rock Chalk!

Chad Smith 3 years, 10 months ago

With all this Iowa State against KU in KC. They might lose to Nevada opening round. One game at a time in the big dance. We need to focus on UNC Central or UC Davis. Two scouting reports for us this week. As Bill Self says, It's a two game tournament each weekend. That's what the focus needs to be. Deal with Iowa State if/when both teams get there.

Bryce Landon 3 years, 10 months ago

I hope Seth Davis is right when he picked Nevada to beat Iowa State.

Joe Ross 3 years, 10 months ago

Im really not scared of Iowa State. Kansas wants revenge. They wont be sleeping on the Cyclones. I actually hope we face them. People are big on the fact that they beat us, but everyone knows Kansas is the better team. People are also saying that ISU knows us well and that helps their odds in beating us. But familiarity is a sword that cuts both ways. Getting ISU on the schedule in the Sprint center has the advantage of being a very familiar game in a very familiar setting. Kansas wont be playing tight. Itll be an island inside of the tournament. Id pay a hundred dollars right now for the chance to play the Cyclones.

Besides, now is not the time of the season to have a mentality of avoiding competition.

Chad Smith 3 years, 10 months ago

I'm not scared of Iowa State either Joe and I agree with most of your points. My point is, both teams have to win two games before it's even a discussion.

John Brazelton 3 years, 10 months ago

It doesn't matter who you play or where you're seeded, if you can't beat the team on the other side of the court, you go home. Fans worry way too much.

Steve Johnson 3 years, 10 months ago

I am confident with Frank mason leading the team. May be the best ever at Kansas. guarantee he brings his A game, always does. The problem area will be Bragg, Svi, Vick no one knows what they will do. Bragg will go 0-7 with one point and 3 turnovers. Svi will go for 12 points but give up 25 in horrible defense. Come on Vick, we need you.

Creg Bohrer 3 years, 10 months ago

Bragg and Svi are the wild cards..They play well we go far.. Vick is pretty reliable on defense and that's the key for our team is defense, we need guys to step up on defense and rebounding..

Marc Frey 3 years, 10 months ago

For me, it is matchups. A tall team, with one big who plays outside, could be an issue for us.

David Pointer 3 years, 10 months ago

I agree, for me the scariest team in our bracket, the one who could give us the most match up problems is Purdue. I really think if we play ISU again, we will win. I don't think they will beat us in Lawrence and KC in the same year.

Kit Duncan 3 years, 10 months ago

May I suggest that folks give some of the negative comments about certain players a rest. Six games! Every game counts! If you have to say anything about Kansas players leading up to Friday's game please, PLEASE, make it a positive comment or encouragement!

We all want our beloved Jayhawks to win. Let's get behind them and stop ragging on any of them. Let the coaches do their job while we just sit back and enjoy the journey. 😉


Aaron Paisley 3 years, 10 months ago

The Midwest is the second weakest of the 4 regions. There's no legitimate reason KU shouldn't get to Phoenix this year. 16 has never beaten a 1 on the men's side, not happening this year either. Miami and Michigan St. are two of the most offensively challenged teams in the NCAA tournament and neither team was good away from their home this year.

The Big 10 sucks this year and Purdue is the best of that bunch. This year isn't much different than the 2012 tournament match up with Robbie Hummel's Purdue team except this is a better KU team. It took KU playing one of the 2 or 3 worst halves of basketball combined with Iowa St. having a recording shooting night just to force OT and people think that will happen again? Not a chance.

We have a 2 seed in Louisville who is only a 2 seed because of Chris Boucher's injury and is 6-4 in their last 10 games and 7-8 against RPI top 50 teams which isn't impressive for a 2 seed. Oregon is missing Chris Boucher who is their 2nd best player. Michigan is playing the best of any team in that half of the region and I really wouldn't be surprised at all if Michigan is the team that comes out of that half of the region.

Based on overall seeds, the Midwest has the weakest 2, 4, 5, and 6 seeds and Chris Boucher's injury probably makes Oregon the weakest of the 3 seeds.

Harlan Hobbs 3 years, 10 months ago

I'd love to see another match with ISU. Want to beat them so badly that I'd settle for them anytime and anywhere. They thump their chests whenever they win, but interesting that they are a lower seed than both Baylor and West Virginia.

As for Wichita State, I can't get too exercised about them. They play a weak schedule in a weak conference. Last year, they were an 11 seed even with their two guards who are now in the pros, so hard to give them a much higher seed.

At this stage, you have to show up for every game, so one at a time and let the chips fall wherever they may.

Mike Riches 3 years, 10 months ago

I think Purdue is the toughest team in our region. We could struggle against their size. I think we would win that game, especially if Landen stays out of foul trouble. We beat Iowa State in Hilton, and they needed a crazy good game to beat us in overtime.

Mike Greer 3 years, 10 months ago

Iowa State plays out of their heads in Allen and the next game goes to Texas and falls on their sword. You could bet they wouldn't have two games in a row where they shot that well. Since 2000, if they make the tournament, they average going out in the second round, so they may very well not be in KC.

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