Kansas Moves Back to the One Line?

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Are the Jayhawks now the fourth no. 1 seed after a week where both Florida and Michigan have lost games?

A few weeks ago Kansas dropped from what appeared to be a near sure thing as a no. 1 seed all the way down to a no. 3. Three loses in a row including one against lowly TCU will do that to you. Since that time Kansas has defeated Kansas State, completing the series sweep, the Jayhawks then went on the road where they beat both Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Both of those wins were impressive and put Kansas in a great position to win a ninth consecutive Big 12, but on their own they probably weren't enough to put Kansas back on the one line of anyone's bracketology. A solid no. 2 yes, a no. 1 no.

Then you have Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona, Miami, Michigan State and a host of other ranked teams lose. That's just college basketball in 2012-2013. Just when you think you have it figured out, there is some upset of nearly epic proportions. So here we sit the morning after Michigan has their TCU moment and Kansas is back on the one line in the South where they would play in Kansas City and Dallas on their road to the Final Four.

Now there is still a long way to go and a loss during the regular season or early in the Big 12 tournament could likely drop Kansas back to a no. 2, but for now the Jayhawks appear to control their own destiny when it comes to a ninth straight league title and a top seed in the tournament. A top seed and a path to Atlanta that will allow Kansas to bring plenty of support along the way.

So what is the best and worst case scenario? Obviously winning out get's Kansas a no. 1, that seems to be established. So who is the best matchup as a no. 2, 3 and 4 seed in that bracket? On the flip side, what is the worst case scenario that Kansas could face and still pull off a no. 1 seed? What drops them to a no. 2 and if they drop to a no. 2 what region are they facing. Plenty of questions down the stretch in a wild year for college basketball.

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