Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU, K-State Await Tournament Destinations

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

KU, K-State Await Tournament Destinations

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If there is a method to figuring out the madness of NCAA Tournament seedings, Bruce Weber insists he is no more aware of it than the average fan.

That is why Kansas State’s men’s basketball coach will be as eager as anyone to learn where he and his Wildcats will be sent when the 68-team field is revealed at 5 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

“I have no idea,” Weber said Friday night at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., after his Wildcats were bounced from the Big 12 Tournament with a 63-59 semifinal loss to Iowa State. “I don’t follow (bracketology). The coaches do.

“I gotta believe we’re somewhere between a 3 and 5 (seed). But, you know, we’ll just have to see. I think we found out last year it doesn’t matter. It’s how you prepare and if you’re ready to go.”

The only certainty this year is that the NCAA Tournament Selection Show promises to be a different viewing experience

for both Weber’s Wildcats and Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks, whose bid for a Big 12 tourney championship fell short with a 78-66 loss to Iowa State on Saturday night.

While the Wildcats have comfortably secured a berth in this year’s field, the selection show was a bit of a tense watch each of the previous two seasons. They were awarded one of the final four spots in the 2017 tourney, then were seeded ninth a year ago when they marched all the way to the South Regional finals before being ousted by Cinderella darling Loyola- Chicago.

The Jayhawks, meanwhile, find themselves in the unfamiliar position of looking up at others. KU, which reached its 15th Final Four in 2018, has been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament each of the past three seasons and six times since 2010.

That won’t be the case this year.

In fact, many college basketball pundits expect both the Jayhawks (25-9) and Wildcats (25-8) to receive No. 4 seeds from this year’s NCAA selection committee. …

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