WICHITA,Kansas – The KU Jayhawks are the overall number one seed in the 2016 NCAA tournament. The Hawks are 30-4 overall for the season. They won both the regular-season and conference titles in the nation’s toughest league, the Big 12.
Wichita State is in, but the Shockers will have to play an extra game. The perennial power out of the Missouri Valley Conference was one of those top seeds that didn’t win their conference and was left to hope for an at-large bid.
Wichita State got it, but will start in Dayton, Ohio, in the First Four against Vanderbilt, another bubble team. Kentucky coach John Calipari touted his SEC rivals from Vandy, saying the Commodores were a tournament team when many thought they were not. Cal was right.
Oregon received a surprising No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament, joining Kansas, North Carolina and Virginia with top billing.
The Ducks (28-6) beat out Michigan State for a spot on the top line. The Spartans were widely viewed as a top seed, and their win over Purdue in the Big Ten tournament final did nothing to hurt their resume.
Oregon’s surprise was in keeping with one of the most unpredictable seasons ever. The top spot in The Associated Press poll changed hands six times — one short of the record.
Meanwhile, 20 top seeds in conference tournaments failed to win the trophy.