How the Jayhawks Have Performed Under Bill Self as No. 1 Seed

How the Jayhawks Have Performed Under Bill Self as No. 1 Seed
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The Kansas Jayhawks secured their 19th Big 12 regular season title since 2000 on Tuesday night, all but locking down a No. 1 seed in this month’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The Jayhawks are 25-5 with a 13-4 conference mark after surviving a 40-minute fight at Phog Allen Fieldhouse against Texas Tech, which KU wound up winning, 67-63.

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As of Tuesday afternoon, ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi had the Jayhawks as the top seed in the West Region, facing off against 16 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Des Moines.

This is the first NCAA Tournament with legalized Kansas sports betting, so the action on KU basketball figures to be brisk.

The Jayhawks are currently tied with Alabama for the second-best title odds of any team on BetMGM Sportsbook Kansas at +800, behind Houston (+600) and ahead of Purdue and UCLA, who are at +1000.

Before the Big 12 Tournament tips off next week, BetKansas.com, home to reviews of all the Kansas mobile betting apps, utilized kuinfo.ku.edu and ESPN to determine the average finish of the Jayhawks as a No. 1 NCAA seed. The average finish was determined by weighing the six rounds of the tournament on a 1-6 scale.

Average Kansas Finish as No. 1 Seed

Year Finish Value
2007Elite 84
2008Championship6
20102nd Round2
2011Elite 84
2013Sweet 163
2016Elite 84
2017Elite 84
2018Final 45
2022Championship6
Avg. FinishElite 84.2

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KU Has Two Titles as Top Seed

The Jayhawks have had their share of success over the past three decades, winning national titles as a one seed in 2008 and 2022, to go with a Final Four berth in 2018.

The only KU team to flame out before the second weekend of the Big Dance was the 2010 team, which lost to Northern Iowa, 69-67, in a monumental upset.

Each of the last four No. 1 seeded KU squads has reached at least the Elite Eight, showing how skilled the Bill Self-coached program is at surviving and advancing in the sport’s main event.

On average, KU’s nine No. 1 seeded teams since 2007 have made it to the fourth round (or Elite Eight) of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This year’s Jayhawks team will look to become the first repeat national champion since Florida in 2006 and 2007. Kansas wraps up the regular season Saturday at Texas then moves on to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City next week.

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Christopher Boan

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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