Kansas Jayhawks basketball's five most likely first-round foes for March Madness

Kansas Jayhawks Men’s Basketball is entering the final stretch of their season and the March Madness seeding projections are beginning to get more and more clear as we get closer to Selection Sunday.

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In the recent “Top 16 Committee Ranking” release, Kansas basketball was ranked eighth overall, making them the bottom No. 2 seed as of February 16. It will be difficult for the Jayhawks to climb into contention for a top seed, but their resume is also already complete enough to avoid anything lower than a three-seed entering the tournament. What does this mean for KU’s potential first-round matchup in the Round of 64?

Kansas finishes the regular season with three Quad 1 games, one Quad 2 game, and one Quad 3 game. Additionally, in the Big 12 Tournament, the Jayhawks will likely add a few more Quad 1 games to their resume. In most scenarios, the Crimson and Blue will end up being between the sixth and 11th overall seed, essentially indicating that they will be a No. 2 or 3 seed for March Madness. This allows us to immediately cut out a large portion of teams that KU won’t be in the opponent-seed range for.

Projected automatic qualifier teams who are closer to a 16 seed or a weaker 15 seed: Merrimack, Southern U, Eastern Kentucky, North Dakota, Norfolk State, Morehead State, and Quinnipiac.

Projected automatic qualifier teams who are closer to a 12-13 seed or a stronger 14 seed: Akron, Appalachian State, South Florida, Indiana State, Yale, UC Irvine, Samford, McNeese State, Louisiana Tech, and Vermont.

This leaves us with five teams who are most likely to slot in as a weaker No. 14 seed or a stronger No. 15 seed.