What Seed Will Kansas Be In NCAA Tournament?

The colossus that is Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball has wavered a bit this winter, with Bill Self’s squad riding the spoils of non-conference play through the frost of early January, when the first bout of adversity struck KU in earnest across Kansas sports betting.  

That’s when Self and company lost three of the team’s eight Big 12 contests, all of which came away from the friendly confines of Phog Allen Fieldhouse, knocking the Jayhawks to 5-3 in conference play at month’s end. Luckily for KU fans, the Jayhawks have responded decently well since then, going 3-2 this month with wins over No. 4 Houston (78-65), No. 13 Baylor (64-61) and No. 25 Oklahoma (67-57), with the final of three coming on the road, no less.  

Entering the final stretch of the regular season, Kansas sits two games out of first in the Big 12 standings, at 8-5, with Houston (10-3), Iowa State (9-4) and Baylor (8-4) all sitting ahead of the Jayhawks at the moment.  

This week, Kansas’ lone game comes in Lawrence against Texas at 5 p.m. Central time on Saturday, with a home game against No. 25 BYU at home next Tuesday, followed by a Saturday road clash against the Bears of Baylor on March 2.  

At the moment, oddsmakers at BetMGM Kansas list KU in a tie with Auburn and Iowa State for seventh nationally when it comes to national championship odds, at +2000, while the Jayhawks are fourth on the oddsmakers’ Big 12 board at +1500, behind the Cougars (-275), Cyclones (+275) and Bears (+1100).  

All year long, BetKansas.com will update the Jayhawk’s 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seeding odds, with this week’s version reflecting KU’s road win over OU on Saturday.  

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Odds Of KU's March Madness Seed

Seed Odds Pct. Chance
#1 Seed +30025%
#2 Seed +100 50%
#3 Seed +750 11.8%
Other +900 10%

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Can KU Add Another No. 1 Seed In 2024?

It’s been nine years since KU last landed on the second seed line of March Madness, with the Jayhawks doing so in 2015 (and in 2014 as well), with KU being a top seed in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2022 and 2023, while falling to the third seed line in 2021 and the fourth seed line in 2019. This year, KU seems set as a second seed, with Self’s squad holding subprime metrics as the 17th-ranked team in the nation on KenPom.com and at No. 16 in the latest batch of NCAA NET rankings.  

Kansas has seen mixed success as a No. 2 seed in the tourney, falling in the second round of the Big Dance to Wichita State, 78-65, in 2015 and to No. 10 seed Stanford, 60-57, in 2014, while reaching the title game in 2012 (before falling to Kentucky, 67-59).  

Prior to that, Kansas’ last trip to the tourney as a second seed came in 2003, when they lost to Syracuse (78-61) in the championship game after beating Utah State, Arizona State, Duke, Arizona and Marquette in succession.  

Fast forward 21 years, and KU fans can only hope this year’s Jayhawks follow a similar route, as they look to roll their way toward another Final Four berth in 2024.  

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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