Oh, did you say something, Jayhawk fans?
First, heres what Texas head hoops coach Rick Barnes had to say:
"I dont want to sound like Im talking with both sides of my mouth because the No. 1 seed is not something our team has focused on all year," Barnes said. "But if I sat down to make a case for Texas as a top seed, I think Id have a pretty good case to do that. Im sure there are five, six or seven teams that could make the same claim for themselves. But we played in the best league in the country, and the way we fared against the Top 10 this year, I could make a case for our team being one of top seeds in country."
Texas has been chronically under-seeded in the NCAAs for years, but this is no make-up call. Heres why: the Horns entered their meaningless game against Texas Tech Friday with the nations No. 2 RPI rating and No. 3 ranking in both major wire service polls. The Horns are now at No. 5.
"I told the team before (Tournament selections) came out that I dont care if were a one, a two or a three," Barnes said. "Last year when we went into the Tournament, I felt we could win it and now I dont remember what seed we were."
For now, Barnes' approach to his teams lofty status is to "take it and see what we can do with it."
Theres no question that Kentucky and Arizona deserved top seeds heading into the Madness. I honestly thought Big East Tournament champ Pittsburgh would challenge Texas for a top spot. But I never, ever, ever expected Kansas to drop to a second seed in the NCAAs toughest region.
Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson also lobbied for the Jayhawks.
"We have two (Big 12) teams that are one seeds and there is an argument that it might not be the two right teams," Sampson said Monday. "Kansas has an argument. How can you win your conference championship over 16 games and not be a No. 1 seed? To me, that reflects how strong our conference is."
Hes right. Kansas has one helluva argument. But the Jayhawks could just as easily direct their ruffled feathers at Oklahoma as well as Texas. OU didnt even "win" or "place" in the Big 12 derby. They finished third. And no third place conference finisher has ever been a No. 1 seed -- until now. Of course, the Sooners understandably point to the fact that they beat Kansas (in Norman) and that they eventually parlayed their third straight Big 12 Tournament title to a No. 1 seed.
Kansas beat Texas. Texas beat OU (twice). OU beat Kansas. Its just a vicious cycle, isnt it? The only distinction is that Texas won a road game at Oklahoma (on Senior Day, no less). The Jay-birds did not.
If there was ever some semblance of consistency relative to how a tournaments outcome determines seeding, then perhaps the Arizonas, Kansas (and now) Texas of the college basketball world would show some interest in the festivities.
Those who dive headfirst into the March Madness office pool know that the heated rhetoric is all part of the fun surrounding the Tournament. It will subside once the games begin. And those who know anything Barnes understand that he doesnt allow his players to get caught up in it. His approach has been businesslike ever since selections were announced.
"Ive gone through this thing enough now to know for every team brought into the tourney, its a one-shot deal and anything can happen," Barnes said. "I still feel that way regardless if were a one or a four. I cant allow myself to get caught up in anything other than to do my job in order to prepare my team."