Preseason bracketology: Kansas will get to play close to home as a No. 2 seed

Jamie Squire

The Jayhawks could play in Kansas City in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament with a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.

The Kansas Jayhawks won't have to travel too far when the first round of the NCAA Tournament starts in March, at least according to the extremely early predictions of SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean in his preseason bracketology predictions.

Kansas City will host first-round games in the Midwest Regional, and Dobbertean thinks the Jayhawks will nab the second seed in that regional. He gives the No. 15 seed to Oral Roberts for the Jayhawks' first game, the winner of which will play the winner of the 7-10 matchup between Tennessee and St. Mary's.

Dobbertean predicts Kansas State will earn the No. 6 seed in the West regional and take on No. 11 Northern Iowa in Salt Lake City. The Wildcats and Jayhawks are two of six Big 12 teams projected to make the field, which is tied with the Big Ten and SEC and trails only the Big East's eight teams for the most of any conference.

Speaking of the SEC, newcomer Missouri is predicted to make the field its first season in its new conference as a No. 5 seed in the Midwest, where they'll face ex-Big 12 foe Oklahoma in the first round in San Jose.

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