Saturday we saw a big win, a big loss and a close loss for the local teams. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports updated his NCAA tournament field Sunday morning to reflect those results. Although an educated guess by Palm, he and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi have followed the NCAA tournament committee’s selections for years and generally are pretty close to what eventually is announced.
The seed is what you want to look at with these Bracketology projections if you are curious about where your school might land when the brackets are released on Sunday, March 17. After the first few seed lines the location is not very accurate. The opponents are not worth considering at all.
Missouri is of course not going to make the NCAA tournament unless they win the SEC conference tournament. Although this is likely not an NCAA tournament season for the Tigers, they have shown improvement recently with quality losses in their last two games. The Tigers lost Saturday by four points on the road at Florida. They lost Tuesday at home to Kentucky by eight. Kentucky is playing some of its best basketball of the season right now and has a really good chance of landing a 1-seed when the bracket is announced.
Kansas State’s big win Saturday at home against Oklahoma State has moved the Wildcats up to a 4-seed in Jerry Palm’s bracket projection. Palm projects the Wildcats to play their first and second round games in Tulsa before moving to Kansas City for the regionals. Joe Lunardi has Kansas State as a 6-seed in the West region but that was on Friday and does not include Saturday’s games. Lunardi’s bracketology will probably be updated on Monday and the Wildcats will likely rise to around a 4-seed with him as well.
It feels like Kansas has had a terrible conference season but that’s because of the expectations we usually have for the Jayhawks. Kansas is having a fine season compared to most schools. Jerry Palm currently has the Jayhawks as a 4-seed just like Kansas State but he is sending them to the South region which is in Louisville, Kentucky. First and second round games for the Jayhawks would be in San Jose if it was up to Palm.
Again, don’t focus too much on the regions and locations for Kansas State and Kansas at this point. Both are projected to be 4-seeds which means that their projected locations are not very dependable.
Monday’s game between Kansas and Kansas State in Lawrence will go a long way to not only determining the Big 12 regular season title but the winner will also get a quality win to possibly improve their seed in the NCAA tournament. A loss won’t hurt either team much if at all in seeding. Losing to either team is not a bad loss.