- KANSAS SPORTS -
The Jayhawks (28-4, 16-2 Big 12) now hold an NCAA-record of 28-straight appearances in the NCAA tourney after finishing the regular season with its 13th-straight Big 12 Conference regular-season title and a 5-0 record against top-10 teams.
The Jayhawks on Sunday received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region and will open play at 5:50 p.m. Friday on TNT in Tulsa, Oklahoma, against the winner of the First Four match-up between North Carolina Central and UC Davis in Dayton, Ohio, set for 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.
First up, good for the committee for not overreacting to KU’s loss to TCU and making things harder than they had to be. The Jayhawks were one of the nation’s best and most consistent teams all season and to punish them for losing a meaningless game which they played without their most talented player would have been brutally wrong. They didn’t. KU got the seed and region it both earned and deserved and now it’s up to the Jayhawks to make it pay off.
Each year, whether they want to or not, the overwhelming majority of KU fans put Kansas down for deep runs in their NCAA Tournament brackets. Some years, the loyalty pays off. Other years, it merely adds to the pain and disappointment.
The Jayhawks began Selection Sunday with the nation’s ninth-most efficient offense but the 30th-most efficient defense, per kenpom.com. That second number is a little troubling; in the last four seasons, Kansas finished fifth, 22nd, 10th and third in defensive efficiency. A slip-up on that end could precipitate another March disappointment.
Among the 12 teams that occupy top three seeds in every region, there are a handful whose fatal flaws seem more likely to surface than stay hidden. The teams that follow are clearly powerful, but not invincible. If you’re aiming to spot which behemoths may bow out prematurely, these appear to be the best candidates.
Kansas softball completed a Sunday sweep with the winning combination of a balanced offense and complete-game performance in the circle. The perfect combo lifted the Jayhawks to a 6-2 victory over Iowa at Arrocha Ballpark at Rock Chalk Park.
Third-year Kansas football coach David Beaty and his players still have close to six months to get through before the 2017 season officially begins, but it feels much closer than that as of this weekend, with spring practices beginning on Monday.
Coach David Beaty has had a fantastic offseason. One big reason why was Beaty swiping Meacham from TCU to be his offensive coordinator. With Kansas opening spring practice this weekend, here are three questions for the Jayhawks.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
The Big 12 Conference was considered one of the best conferences in the nation throughout the season and it was rewarded with six teams in the NCAA Tournament.
Upsets are the cost of doing business, and if you pick enough of them correctly, maybe you’ll win a bracket competition.
The Big Ten wasn’t good this season. The league didn’t have any obvious elite teams. It’s No. 2 and No. 8 seeds had similar resumes, which was an insult, not a compliment. Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan was outstanding, but the league lacked the level of elite individual play it’s so often enjoyed in the years past.
The Shockers’ advanced stats rank among the top 10 in the country. The selection committee ranks them No. 38.
Here it is from top to bottom: How the 2016 NCAA Tournament selection committee organized this year’s field, from 1-68.
The right 68 teams are in the field, but seeding inconsistency continues to plague the committee's mission.
Despite its RPI ranking of 33, Illinois State had to settle for one of the four top seeds in the NIT. "What the committee is asking for is not possible sometimes," Muller said. "Our staff probably called 25 of the schools that made it to see if they would play us. What do they want us to do?"
- VIDEO OF THE DAY -
Cole Kinnamon swished a 30-footer at the horn to give St. John a remarkable 52-51 win over Bishop Seabury Academy in a Kansas state 2A semifinal game on Friday night. The game took six overtimes to complete.