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Kansas slots in as a two-seed right now -- how can they improve? And where do bracketologists have Kansas State and Mizzou?
Kansas, Kansas State, and Missouri are all going to be going to the NCAA Tournament, regardless of how they perform in the Big 12 and SEC Tournaments -- well, maybe Mizzou could be in some trouble with an early loss -- so the question turns to where they'll be. Can Kansas eke out a 1-seed? Will Missouri be on the top half of their bracket?
Kansas (26-5, 14-4)
Lunardi: 2-seed, vs. No. 15 Montana
Palm: 2-seed, vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast
Dobbertean: 2-seed, vs. No. 15 Long Beach State
It seems the Jayhawks are stuck as a second seed right now, and that will fall unless they do as expected and win the Big 12 Tournament. As of now, they'll need one of the first-liners -- Louisville, Gonzaga, Indiana, and Duke, generally -- to drop a game. The good news is that with a No. 2-seed, they'll have a strong chance of being placed in Kansas City, which would provide a home atmosphere that could almost guarantee them a spot in the Sweet 16.
Kansas State (25-6, 14-4)
Lunardi: 4-seed, vs. No. 13 Bucknell
Palm: 4-seed, vs. No. 13 Akron
Dobbertean: 4-seed, vs. No. 13 San Jose
Bruce Weber's squad has more room for improvement. Although they tied for a share of the Big 12 title with Kansas, they didn't get the same rep, thanks to less signature wins and a pair of losses to the Jayhawks in conference. A run at the conference tourney here in KC could push them higher.
Lunardi: No. 8 seed vs. San Diego State
Palm: No. 8 seed vs. Cincinnati
Dobbertean: No. 8 seed vs. Belmont
Being slotted in as an 8-seed means that it's pretty likely that Missouri holds on to their bid in the tournament, even if they lose in the first round to either Texas A&M or Auburn. However, Mizzou was supposed to do bigger things than finish sixth in conference upon their move to the SEC, so we'll see how Frank Haith's squad plays in Nashville.
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