What seed will the Kansas Jayhawks receive on Selection Sunday? NCAA Basketball bracketology predictions

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The Kansas basketball team began the year as the preseason No. 1 but slowly worked its way down the rankings after some shaky outings in conference play. Head coach Bill Self finished with the worst conference record in his 20-year tenure at the helm.

Several issues have plagued the Jayhawks throughout the year, such as a lack of depth on the second unit and poor 3-point shooting. It might not be the best season for the blue-blood powerhouse, but they are still expected to finish with a relatively favorable draw in the NCAA Tournament.

Today is Selection Sunday, and Kansas will learn its fate in March Madness, which is less than a week from now. We will predict KU's seeding during the selection show later tonight on CBS.

Predicting the Kansas Jayhawks seed on Selection Sunday

Kansas has a unique resume because of the obvious disparities in its schedule. Some of its victories — including wins over Houston, UConn, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Baylor, to name a few — would typically put KU in the conversation for a No. 1 seed. Meanwhile, the several losses to bottom-tier teams like West Virginia, UCF, and Kansas State give Kansas the makings of a bubble team.

Bracketologists Joe Lunardi of ESPN and Jerry Palm of CBS Sports both have Kansas as a No. 4 seed. Coach Self has never finished below a four-seed in March Madness at KU, and that might stand true through this year. Other schools in competition for a similar spot include Duke, Alabama, Kentucky, and Auburn, all of which will likely finish ahead of Kansas in the final rankings.

There could be one hiccup before the selection show begins. The only team in the realm of the Jayhawks is Wisconsin, who defeated Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinal yesterday. If they can continue their hot stretch today, it is very possible they jump multiple No. 4 seeds, and there is a good chance that Kansas is the lowest four-seed of the bunch.

Regardless of whether they get a four or five seed, it is all but settled that Kansas will play a No. 12 or 13 seed in the first round. My prediction is that Illinois wins today and KU stays put as the final No. 4 seed.

Final Seeding Prediction: No. 4 seed in the Midwest region