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Tentative Kansas seeding determined in NCAA Basketball Tournament mock selection exercise

Indianapolis — In this room without windows in the NCAA offices we have taken a first crack at the top three seed lines.

No. 1 seeds: Indiana, Miami, Duke and Florida. No. 2 seeds: Michigan State, Michigan, Arizona (shockingly) and Gonzaga. No. 3 seeds: Syracuse, Butler, Kansas and Louisville.

Now the mock committee breaks for dinner for 35 minutes. (You mean those Reese's bars weren't supposed to be dinner? Uh-oh.)

Interestingly, conference affiliation is not allowed to be mentioned when discussing teams. For example, you can say Gonzaga defeated Oklahoma by 15, Kansas State by 16, Baylor by 7 and Oklahoma State by 1, but pointing out that the Zags are 4-0 against the Big 12 is forbidden.

A tweaking of the seeds could be necessary based on various rules, such as the one that prohibits conference foes from facing each other too early in the tournament.

Comments

jgkojak 1 year, 10 months ago

Good to know where we stand - the No. 11 overall team.

That means as other teams play some tough games down the stretch, if we struggle a little it's likely our 'floor' is that 3 seed. We can play our way to a '2'. Unlikely we'll have a '1' this year.

Steve Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

I just don't understand the popularity of these mock brackets. You have an idea what seed your team is, and some guy on TV on a Sunday in March tells you where they are playing.

VaJay 1 year, 10 months ago

it's just kind of fun to see where we are at various points in the season. I typically look at Joe Lunardi's as we get closer to selection time to check the top regional seeds - I just don't pay attention to the whole bracket because that's a ridiculous stretch.

My guess is we work our way up to a #2.

Hurinfan 1 year, 10 months ago

We'll play ourselves into Arizona's spot. They're overrated and people are still forgetting their loss to Colorado at home.

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

As long as we are in any other bracket than Miami, we are gold.

KGphoto 1 year, 10 months ago

The ACC is just down. Duke's biggest victories have lost their luster, and they haven't beaten a ranked team since Thanksgiving, so that blowout by Miami is a little overrated. IMHO.

Miami will crumble under the pressure of a high seed/ranking.

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Hope u r right, especially if we get them in our bracket.

Adam Evans 1 year, 10 months ago

This year is setting up to be the most likely year a 16 will beat a 1. I don't see it happening, but Miami is suspect with the weak acc. I think Miami is first 1 seed out, as early as the second round.

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

"Some Double Chin Awards"

Best Comic Actor--three way tie with Oliver Hardy, Fatty Arbuckle and John Candy

Best Actor Director Pitchman--Orson Welles

Best Director Only--Alfred Hitchcock

Best Singer of "Over the Rainbow" --Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Best Basketball Player--Charles "Round Mound of Rebound" Barkley

Biggest Football Player--At six feet 11 inches and weighing 500 pounds, John “House” Taylor, of Central Penn Pirahna of the Grid Iron Developmental Football League

Best Politician--Chris Christy

Best Baseball Player--Cecil Fielder

Best Movie Villain--tie, Caspar Gutman (Sidney Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon) and Jabba the Hutt (Various episodes of Star Wars)

Best Female Singer--Cass Elliot, Odetta, Kate Smith, Beverly Sills, late Sarah Vaughn

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

OMG, how did I forget Aretha and the Babe!!!!!

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Best ex-KU Head Football Coach - - - any guesses ?

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Sykes? :-)

"Whhhhhhen ah thuh moon.

She hitta your eye.

Like ah da big pizzza pie,

That's ah Mangino..."

BCRavenJHawkfan 1 year, 10 months ago

May I also throw in

Best Crime Drama--William Conrad from Jake & the Fatman.

Interesting, you have Christy over Taft. Not that I disagree.

KGphoto 1 year, 10 months ago

Best Sports Writer-- Joe, Jason, Tom. Is it me or does KC just dominate the sports writing double chin category?

ahpersecoachingexperience 1 year, 10 months ago

U of A currently down by 15 to Colorado. Great selection!

jhawkrulz 1 year, 10 months ago

4 different kind of "bars" now, if you haven't tried them you are missing out.

http://www.hersheys.com/reeses/products.aspx#/REESE'S-Peanut-Butter-Cups

nuleafjhawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I live a sheltered life - all I know of Reese's is " cups ". Thanks for the extra 5 lbs !

Adam Evans 1 year, 10 months ago

What about recees' pieces? One of the best candies ever lol

jaybate 1 year, 10 months ago

Conspiracy Rumor...

The missing gold bars in the Federal Reserve bank in New York have been replaced with gold plated Reese's Bars.

You read it here first!!!!

LSHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

By the time the real selections are made, Kansas, Louisville and Syracuse will all be 2 seeds.

mikehawk 1 year, 10 months ago

Depending on the remainder of the league games, and the first two games of the Big 12 tourney, Kansas could be from a #2 to #4. We need to win tomorrow, which won't be as easy as people seem to believe with the return of their emotional leader. And, we need to win two of the three big road games upcoming, and that will require no signs of the recent slump (meaning much better, or at least consistent point guard play). Did everyone notice Coach's comment regarding the league not being the goal, but rather improvement? In Kansas, we call that keeping the horse out in front of the cart. Coach is trying to adjust their mindset and take some pressure off of them regarding the Almighty League Crown streak. Right now with the schedule lined up the way it is for KU versus K-State, sounds like a great idea.

jhawkrulz 1 year, 10 months ago

I think it is disappointing that the ACC has two #1 seeds even if the season ended today. If you checked the non-conference play the ACC wasn't lighting it up, I guess neither the BXII and the SEC were lighting it up either, but I think they are a little biased so far.

Oh so that is what this is geared to do, to create a bias from the media now, in order to pressure the committee to follow the bias.

Next you'll be telling me that ESPN has created a new statistical measure to tell us which teams should be on top...oh wait don't they call that the BiasedPI?

conlawgrad 1 year, 10 months ago

If any conference is deserving of 2 #1 seeds, it's the Big 10. The ACC is down, including Duke with Ryan Kelly missing from the lineup and the SEC is sort of like the Big 12, with Florida being a tad more dominant than KU (but it is in a weaker league). So I think Michigan is more deserving than Duke, imo.

Adam Evans 1 year, 10 months ago

Duke is unquestioned a #1 seed barring a collapse. They have big early season wins and have consistently been top 5 more than any other team this season. I think Miami gets it by default because of their record over all and in conference. I agree the acc shouldn't have 2, but I think it will just because no one else really makes sense right at the moment. But, based on this season, that top line could feature 4 different teams next week haha

Doug Cramer 1 year, 10 months ago

I still think we can get a 1 seed. We win the conference and play well in the conference tournament...we can get a 1 seed.

KU is still the best team in the nation. Can't wait til we go to Stillwater and punch somebody in the mouth.

BCRavenJHawkfan 1 year, 10 months ago

Careful, don't wish too hard. The gauntlet will be very volitile this year. It could be the year to see a # 1 go down at the hands of the # 16 seed.

LSHawk 1 year, 10 months ago

I'll bet the guys cant wait to go to Stillwater and put the smackdown on the pokes. HCBS is going to have the guys foaming at the mouth at the start of that game.

KingManMan 1 year, 10 months ago

KEEGAN: Why is forbidden to mention that Gonzaga is 4-0 against the Big 12 this year......maybe because they are 5-0! You missed their victory against WVU on 11/12/12.

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