Kansas can follow Baylor in the Big 12 Conference race. But the Jayhawks' NCAA tournament curriculum remains more and more beautiful, to the point of a defeat for the Bears to position them for the best overall seed of number 1.
Kansas (21-3, 10-1) won ninth in a row and added yet another victory in Quadrant 1 to their tournament portfolio by defeating West Virginia on the road in Morgantown. The WVU (18-6) is the number 3 seed projected and the victory gives Kansas 11 Quad 1 wins in the country.
Kansas, in addition to two defeats by the climbers, has victories against Dayton, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas Tech. His only three losses – Duke, Villanova, Baylor – were against the top 30 opponents.
The February 22 rematch against Baylor will give coach Bill Self's team the opportunity to show the committee its merit of being the best team in the group on selection Sunday in a month.
► Seeds # 1: Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga, San Diego State.
► Last four in: Wichita State, Florida, Stanford, Cincinnati.
► First four out: Georgetown, North Carolina, Memphis, Richmond.
Explanator of NCAA tournaments:
- Quadrant 1 wins: home games vs. 1-30 NET teams; Games on neutral vs. 1-50 NET; Away games x 1-75 NET
- Quadrant 2 wins: home games vs. 31-75 NET; Games on neutral vs. 51-100 NET; Away games x 76-135 NET
- Quadrant 3 wins, losses: home games vs. 76-160 NET; Games on neutral vs. 101-200 NET; Away games x 136-240 NET
- Quadrant 4 wins, losses: home games vs. 161 + more NET; Games on neutral vs. 201 or more NET; Away games 241 or more NET
Others considered in general bidding (in no specific order): Virginia Commonwealth, Mississippi State, Syracuse, St. Johns, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Tulsa, SMU, TCU, Alabama, South Carolina, Oregon State, Saint Louis, Clemson , UNC-Greensboro, Utah, Furman, Texas, State of Utah, Providence.
About life support (in no specific order): Mississippi, Washington State, Connecticut, Washington, Georgia, Duquesne, Miami (Florida), DePaul, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech.
Multiple bidding conferences: Big Ten (11), Big East (6), Pac-12 (6), SEC (5), Big 12 (5), ACC (4), American (3), West Coast (3) , Atlantic 10 (2).
Leaders or highest RPI for single proposal conferences – (23 total): America East – Vermont; Atlantic Sun – Freedom; Big Sky – Montana; Big South – Winthrop; Big West – UC Irvine; Colonial – Hofstra; USA – North Texas Conference; Horizonte – Wright State; Ivy – Yale; MAAC – Monmouth; MAC – Bowling Green; MEAC – Central North Carolina; MVC – Northern Iowa; Mountain West – San Diego State; Northeast – Robert Morris; Ohio Valley – Murray state; Patriota – Colgate; Southern Tennessee State – East; Southland – Stephen F. Austin; SWAC – Prairie View A & ampM; Summit – South Dakota State; Sun Belt – Little Rock; WAC – State of New Mexico.
- Transition schools not eligible to participate: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack.
- Forbidden to participate: Georgia Tech, Detroit.
About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been designing the field since 2005 on his website, W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his seventh season as a national bracketologist, Mast ended up as one of three bracketologists in the last six Madnesses of March. He is also scheduled for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.
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