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What's the procedure for the expanded NCAA Tournament this year?

What's the procedure for the expanded NCAA Tournament this year?

The NCAA added three teams to the field of the Division I men's basketball tournament, starting in March, bringing the number in the field to 68.

Unlike when the NCAA added a 65th team, the "play-in" game is not necessarily between the 64th and 65th rated teams on the board.

There will be four games held on the Tuesday and Wednesday directly before the main games tip off that Thursday.

All four games of the "First Four" will be played in Dayton, Ohio.

Two of the games will match up the four lowest automatic qualifiers for the right to enter the main bracket as a No. 16 seed.

The other two games will match up the four lowest at-large bids. It is likely that these games will be for a No. 12 or No. 11 seed.

In ESPN.com's latest projection, Wichita State was one of the teams in the "First Four." Ken Pomeroy's CollegeRPI.com had the Shockers out of the 68-team field.

All four games will be broadcast on truTV.

What does a player have to do to get a retired jersey at Kansas?

With KU's history, the initial criteria for jersey retirement was pretty steep.

Introduced in 1991, a player needed to have achieved one of the following accomplishments:

* College basketball player of the year

* Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament

* Four-time All-American.

At the time, the Jayhawks had seven players, who met those standards, including Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning.

KU expanded the criteria in 2002 to include consensus first-team All-Americans, two-time first-team All-America selections (from a variety of lists) or Academic All-American of the Year.

Wayne Simien, whose jersey was retired Saturday, is the 18th player to be so honored.

Based on their achievements, expect Sherron Collins (2010 consensus All-American) and Mario Chalmers (2008 NCAA Tournament MOP) to be honored in the future.

—Joshua Wood

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