NCAA Tournament March Madness

#18 Kansas

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Projected seed: 4

Kansas enters the tournament conversation riding high on a string of quality wins, especially the eyebrow-raising victory against a top-tier Connecticut squad and a statement win over Houston. Their combination of high-octane offense and stingy defense has paid dividends, although they've shown they can bleed in losses to upstart teams like UCF and Texas Tech. Their Big 12 schedule is no cakewalk, with a gauntlet of fierce competitors, but they've demonstrated their ability to hang tough in one of the nation's most formidable conferences, even snagging wins against reputable teams such as Kentucky, UConn, Baylor, and a red-hot Texas. The Jayhawks have the pedigree and the wins to make a deep run, but the occasional defensive lapses seen in upsets against pluckier, less-heralded teams hint at chinks in the armor that could spell trouble if not shored up before the big dance. They'll have chances to bolster their resume further in their final regular-season tilts, particularly seeking redemption in a high-stakes rematch with Houston, which could significantly impact their seeding trajectory.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/6NC Central239W99-56
11/10Manhattan352W99-61
11/14(N)Kentucky14W89-84
11/21(N)Marquette10L73-59
11/22(N)Tennessee5W69-60
11/28E Illinois311W71-63
12/1Connecticut2W69-65
12/5Missouri KC253W88-69
12/9Missouri175W73-64
12/16@Indiana96W75-71
12/22Yale80W75-60
12/30(N)Wichita St158W86-67
1/6TCU40W83-81
1/10@UCF89L65-60
1/13Oklahoma41W78-66
1/16@Oklahoma St119W90-66
1/20@West Virginia148L91-85
1/22Cincinnati64W74-69
1/27@Iowa St13L79-75
1/30Oklahoma St119W83-54
2/3Houston3W78-65
2/5@Kansas St73L75-70
2/10Baylor17W64-61
2/12@Texas Tech47L79-50
2/17@Oklahoma41W67-57
2/24Texas35W86-67
2/27BYU27L76-68
3/2@Baylor17L82-74
3/5Kansas St7378%
3/9@Houston324%