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.