Kansas Jayhawks receive No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament; K-State is a No. 5 seed

03/13/2011 5:00 PM

08/05/2014 2:19 PM

The Kansas Jayhawks received a No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA Tournament for the second straight year. The Jayhawks will play Boston University on Friday at Tulsa. Kansas State received a No. 5 seed in the Southeast region, and will play Utah State on Thursday in Tucson.

Upon learning his team had earned a No. 5 seed and would begin NCAA Tournament play against No. 12 seed Utah State, Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin smiled.

"They respected the fact that we played a strong schedule," Martin said of the tournament's selection committee. "They respected the fact that our kids played real well coming down the stretch and grew as a team."

Heading into Sunday's selection show, most experts had the Wildcats tabbed as a No. 6 or No. 7 seed. But their strong finish to the regular season landed them a more favorable spot in the tournament's Southeast Region.

If K-State defeats Utah State, it will face Wisconsin or Belmont in the second round. Should the Wildcats advance past the tournament's first weekend as they did a year ago, they could face top-seeded Pittsburgh or Butler in the Sweet 16. No. 2 seed Florida and No. 3 seed BYU highlight the other half of the bracket.

Getting that far could be difficult, though. Utah State, which went 30-3 and won both the WAC regular season and tournament championships, heads into the postseason ranked 23rd nationally.

"Any team that can win (30) games in a season is real good," Martin said.

If KU were to win its first two games, it would play at the regional at San Antonio. If K-State were to win, the Wildcats would play in New Orleans.

If the Jayhawks defeat Boston U, they would face the winner of No. 8 seed UNLV and No. 9 seed Illinois.

A second-round game against the Fighting Illini would set up the first meeting between Illinois and Kansas since KU coach Bill Self left Illinois for Kansas in 2003.

Join the Discussion

The Wichita Eagle is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service