Everything fell into place once again for Kansas.
After Tennessee was booted in the semis of the SEC Tournament, Kansas
saw an open door to one of the tourney’s top spots, and
Sunday in impressive fashion, the Jayhawks beat Texas and took the
Midwest’s top spot.
"I think if we were a two seed, our year would have been just as
good,” KU head coach Bill Self said after watching the
brackets unveiled. “In peoples' minds, when you are a one
seed, they think you are one of the best four teams in the
country. Being a No. 1 seed was not the goal. The goal was to
have a favorable path, and while there are no easy paths, it's nice to
stay in the Midwest Region."
So KU’s road to the Final Four will begin in Omaha, Nebraska
and if they advance, the Jayhawks will play in the regional final in
Detroit, MI. The first opponent Kansas has to worry about is 16th
seeded Portland State Vikings. Portland State won the Big Sky
conference tournament and earned an automatic bid. The Vikings will be
playing in their very first NCAA tournament. The Vikings have played
UCLA, Washington State, and Washington this season but lost to all
three - the margins of victory in those games 21, 12, and 19
Portland State is 23-9 on the season and head coach Ken Bone did say
that he was surprised that his team received a 16 seed. Bone thought
the Vikings would be a 14 or 15 seed.
The reason you want to be a one seed is because it should be the easier
path. Remember, a 16 has never beaten a one seed in NCAA play. There
are plenty of other potholes along the way to Auburn Hills –
Clemson (5th seed), Wisconsin (3rd seed), Georgetown (2nd seed), and
even USC (6th seeded) could be a formidable opponent. Kansas will have
to play well to make it to San Antonio.
"I'm not sure if it really makes that much difference, to be honest
with you,” said Self when asked about being a one seed.
“It's nice that we are going to Omaha. I don't know much
about Portland State yet, but we'll know more by tonight."
"We're excited to be playing. Right now, I am just worn
out. I'm going to go home, get a good night's rest, and
recharge the batteries."
"We just won the championship game 20 minutes ago and now we are back
to business,” said senior Russell Robinson. “We are
fortunate to get a one seed and now let the journey begin. Anytime you
are a number one in anything you have to enjoy it."
KU Earns One Seed
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