To the surprise of no one, KU basketball has locked down one of the four number one seeds in this year’s NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks will be repping the Midwest region and will start things off in Tulsa.
There aren’t many things that are more certain in life than the Kansas Jayhawks making it to the NCAA Tournament. This year marks yet another season that KU will sit as a one-seed, which came after a season that saw the Jayhawks only lose four games.
While the goal remains the same (win a National Championship), the path to that goal is not going to be easy for the Jayhawks. Sure, they’ll square off against a 16-seed in the first round, which should be an easy victory, but the rest of the way won’t be given to KU by any means.
Kansas will wait to see who their first opponent is, as they’ll be facing the winner of the play in game between North Carolina Central and UC Davis. No 16-seed has ever defeated a one-seed before in March Madness, and Kansas won’t be the first team to make history.
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After that, depending on the results, Kansas will match up against either Miami or Michigan State. Those two teams are eight and nine seeds respectively, so that game is literally up in the air as far as who will win.
If the higher seed won in every game in this region, KU’s opponents would be Miami (8), Purdue (4), and Louisville (2). The thought of that happening though isn’t likely, as the higher seeds don’t always win.
Other tough teams in the Midwest side of the bracket are Oregon (3) and Iowa State (5). Oklahoma State also made it into the tournament and could potentially face KU basketball at some point.
The other one seeds in this year’s tournament are Gonzaga, North Carolina, and the number one overall seed Villanova, also the reigning champs from a year ago.
KU is in a good position even if their bracket looks a little scary. Tulsa isn’t far from Lawrence and the KU faithful travels well. If the Jayhawks can make it to the Sweet Sixteen, they’ll be playing in Kansas City at the Sprint Center. That’s basically a home game for Kansas and they can’t let that opportunity pass them by.
What do you think of KU’s path to the Championship? Who should the Jayhawks be the most afraid of in this year’s March Madness?