Bracket expert Joe Lunardi has Kansas basketball as a two-seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket. It’s never too early to think about next March, right?
With no 2020 NCAA Tournament (or sports, for that matter), the predictions for the next college basketball season have shifted into overdrive. Famed bracketology expert Joe Lunardi released his early bracket prediction for 2021, and Kansas basketball came in as a two-seed.
Overall, a two-seed wouldn’t be bad at all for the Jayhawks. Lunardi has them in the South region where their early games would be in Wichita, so that’s essentially a home game for the first and second rounds.
Here’s KU basketball’s path to a title in Lunardi’s bracket:
The Jayhawks would take on No. 15 Montana to open up the tournament, then face the winner of Indiana and Miami. In the Sweet 16, Kansas would probably play either Iowa or Florida, and then likely have a date with No.1 seed Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
After that, it’d probably be either Duke or Villanova in the Final Four which will be held in Indianapolis in 2021. Obviously, taking down either the Wildcats or Blue Devils would be huge, and assuming they get it done, it’ll be on to the championship.
The top four seeds on the other side of the bracket are Gonzaga, Creighton, Virginia, and Baylor. Take your pick on who you think the Jayhawks will play out of that bunch,
A few other things of note in the bracket:
- Seven Big 12 schools make the tournament (Kansas, Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, and West Virginia)
- Both Baylor and Kansas are two-seeds
Obviously, it’s way too early to tell just what next season’s bracket is going to look like. Still, it’s fun to try and predict how the season will shake out without even knowing what rosters will look like for sure.
Even Kansas’ roster has been stagnant other than the graduation of Udoka Azubuike and Isaiah Moss, so it’s hard to predict what the Jayhawks will look like exactly next season. While Devon Dotson is expected to leave for the NBA, it’s not done until it’s done.
On the flip side, you never know who may unexpectedly declare for the draft or decide to transfer.