Jayhawks now a 2 seed in eyes of NCAA Tournament selection committee

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Bruce Pearl's team entered Sunday at No. 8 in the RPI and No. 9 in KenPom. If they Spartans win out to finish their regular season and then go on to win the Big Ten Tournament, they would improve their case to be a top-2 seed or better in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Auburn and Tennessee are the only two teams for the SEC ranked in the Tournament's top 16 seeds in the early NCAA Bracket show.

The one seed in Auburn's bracket in Xavier.

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The Jayhawks were pegged as the second No. 2 seed in the bracket - sixth overall - and were sent to the Los Angeles region, where Purdue resided as the No. 1 seed.

The Tigers were joined on the 2-line by Kansas (West), Duke (East) and Cincinnati (South).

Michigan State, the team likely to take over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll on Monday, was the No. 11 overall seed (No. 3 seed in South Region). Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4.

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As for Kansas' standing as a No. 2 seed, the Jayhawks now have nine Quadrant 1 victories - tied with Villanova for the most in the country - and still have an impressive overall resume despite their recent struggles.

"Michigan State has about 25 percent of their schedule remaining and they've got an opportunity to continue to rack up wins and in the conference tournament they have the potential to play some outstanding teams", Rasmussen said.

The Sooners are losers of three in a row, but have notable wins over Oregon, Wichita State, Texas Tech and Kansas.

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