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Bill Self considers KU a No. 2 NCAA seed but won’t rule out a three

Kansas coach Bill Self
Kansas coach Bill Self The Kansas City Star

Like most basketball coaches, Kansas’ Bill Self says he doesn’t pay much attention to bracket projections. But Self said he recently spent a few minutes considering the Jayhawks’ seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Most have Kansas pegged as a No. 2, and Self agrees with the assessment. He also thinks Kansas can drop to a No. 3. Why?

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Because two projected third seeds — Iowa State and Baylor — are in his conference.

“Just looking at it realistically, if I was on the committee, I’d say we would be the fourth No. 2 seed. But if you look at the No. 3 seeds then you can see that they could jump us if they play well in this tournament and we don’t,” Self said.

Keep in mind, the selection committee no longer uses an S-curve, which places the top No. 1 seed in the same region as the lowest No. 2 seed and so on. According to Scott Barnes, the committee chairman, essentially said teams on the second line aren’t measured.

“Geography certainly plays a (role) in our current principles and procedures,” Barnes said Wednesday during a teleconference. “The S-curve is not something that we currently use in our principles and our procedures.”

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