KU to open NCAA Tournament in Wichita

March 09 2017: during the 2017 NCAA Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship game between the Kansas Jayhawks and the TCU Horned Frogs at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Kendall Shaw/CSM

It's an outcome most people expected and it was confirmed Sunday evening on the NCAA Tournament Selection Show.

The Kansas Jayhawks, winners of the Big 12 regular season and conference tournament championship, are staying in the Sunflower State as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

The Jayhawks open their tournament Thursday (March 15) against No. 16 seed Penn at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita at 12:50 p.m.

The Quakers are the Ivy League champions, carrying an overall record of 24-8. Sophomore guard Ryan Betley leads a balanced scoring attack for Penn with 14.4 points per game.


If KU beats Penn, they'll play the winner of No. 8 seed Seton Hall and No. 9 seed North Carolina State in the round of 32 Saturday, also in Wichita.

If the Jayhawks survive to the regional semifinal (Sweet 16), they'd play March 23 in Omaha, Neb. The regional final is March 25 in Omaha.

The Final 4 is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio.

Standing in KU's way in the tough Midwest region includes No. 2 seed Duke, No. 3 seed Michigan State, No. 4 seed Auburn, No. 5 seed Clemson, No. 6 seed TCU, No. 11 seed Arizona State or Syracuse (matched up in play-in game), NO. 12 seed New Mexico State, No. 13 seed Charleston, No. 14 seed Bucknell and No. 15 seed Iona.

The Jayhawks enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 27-7.