Bracket Update: Kansas set to be No. 1 overall seed
Without an unexpected turn of events, the Kansas Jayhawks will be the No. 1 overall seed when the 2016 NCAA tournament field is announced on Sunday night. That really shouldn’t be a surprise. The remaining No. 1 seed lines are still up for grabs. Virginia, Villanova, and Oklahoma are in those slots today. The next most likely candidates are Michigan State and North Carolina.
More volatile debates will be centered around teams on the bubble. Wichita State is a prime example. Reasonable people can view the Shockers’ profile differently. I imagine the same will be true of Selection Committee members when they convene in Indianapolis. One on hand, you can point to the Shockers lack of quality wins (per the RPI) and the fact their most recent losses came with a healthy roster. On the other hand, WSU is a team that won the Missouri Valley by four games, posting a 16-2 league record. They were also good on the road (9-4), played a Top 25 non-conference schedule, and currently sit 11th on the Ken Pom rankings. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, which is why it’s going to be a long week for the Shockers.
We’ll have additional updates as we move through Championship Week. In particular, keep an eye on these conference tournaments: the Atlantic 10 and American – both have multiple teams sitting along the cutline.