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KU is No. 2 seed in Midwest region, will face 15th-seeded Detroit at approximately 8:57 p.m. Friday

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor smiles as teammate Conner Teahan responds to a question about superstitions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show. The Jayhawks, who claimed the 2 seed in the Midwest Regional will take on 15 seed Detroit in the round of 64 teams in Omaha, Neb.

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor smiles as teammate Conner Teahan responds to a question about superstitions during a news conference following the NCAA selection show. The Jayhawks, who claimed the 2 seed in the Midwest Regional will take on 15 seed Detroit in the round of 64 teams in Omaha, Neb.

March 11, 2012, 5:37 p.m. Updated March 11, 2012, 9:15 p.m.

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KU coach Bill Self

Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self talks to reporters following his team's selection as a No. 2 seed on March 11, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Conner Teahan

KU players Tyshawn Taylor and Conner Teahan talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' announcement as a No. 2 seed on March 11, 2012.

The Kansas men's basketball team has been selected as a No. 2 seed in the Midwest region and will face 15th-seeded Detroit at approximately 8:57 p.m. Friday on truTV.

North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in that region.

"I don't think that Detroit is an easy first-round game," KU coach Bill Self said Sunday. "I think when you think of 2 and 15s in the past, you certainly don't see Detroit being on that line. They're very capable."

KU recruited Detroit's best player, Ray McCallum Jr., who was a McDonald's All-American in 2010.

"He is a good guard. I have been hearing a lot about him these last few years," KU guard Tyshawn Taylor said. "He is tough, and I'm sure he is going to be aggressive since the team runs through him."

McCallum plays for his father, Detroit coach Ray McCallum.

If the Jayhawks advance past Detroit, they'd play the winner of the 7-10 matchup between St. Mary's and Purdue.

If KU advances to the Sweet 16, its next potential two games would be in St. Louis, Mo.

Here are the seeds for the Midwest region.

  1. North Carolina
  2. Kansas
  3. Georgetown
  4. Michigan
  5. Temple
  6. San Diego State
  7. St. Mary's
  8. Creighton
  9. Alabama
  10. Purdue
  11. N.C. State
  12. California/South Florida
  13. Ohio
  14. Belmont
  15. Detroit
  16. Lamar/Vermont

Comments

rukidingme 2 years, 9 months ago

Big 12 got screwed again. Come on #2 seed. I say big 12 teams boycot the show

2 years, 9 months ago

sorry cant agree that Mu got hosed, check their SOS it's way higher than anyone else, very weak non con schedule.

lawupsman 2 years, 9 months ago

great comment...chance to win a national championship and you want to boycott the tourney? takes 6 wins whether your a 1 seed or a 16 seed!

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

It will take 7 wins for the last two teams that made it...

sundancewierdo 2 years, 9 months ago

I think we have a favorable draw here. This bracket looks good. Get em ready coach...

Celeste Plitz 2 years, 9 months ago

Hoping they go to Phoenix, I'll finally be able to go to a game.

Scott Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

KU got the shaft, should be numba one. Worse news, check out Detroit U. The make Northern Iowa look like a high school team.

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 9 months ago

KU is a #2. Losses to ISU & Davidson hurt us. MSU got it on the basis of their win today. UNC was a tweaner as a #1. Surprised that MU got the fourth #2 seed (not that I care for them a bucket of spit). There's no gimmes in the tournament, no matter what your seed is. There's over 340 Div I teams in the NCAA, 68 is exactly 20% of that. No matter how you cut it, we have to go through some tough teams. I just don't want them losing to anyone lower than a 5 seed again.

rukidingme 2 years, 9 months ago

KU has great chance to win it all as long as Robinson shows up to play basketball not run his mouth looking for a fight like he has done in last few games. As far as comment above about having time to study for finals. HELLO they don;t need to study there basketball players they are given passing grades.

Jan Rolls 2 years, 9 months ago

I know everything you do in your life is perfect. Talking about showing up Teahan hasn't showed up all year yet he still plays him more than he should. Did the same with brady last year playing on his name. Self should have at least prepared someone to go in to play defense for a few minutes. Did the same last year he didn't prepare withy. This is nonsense sitting all americans on the bench because they are freshmen. Look at other teams, they play the best athletes.

grammaddy 2 years, 9 months ago

Lovin' the brackets! I think we're pretty much set to make it to the Elite8. We'll have to see what happens with the top half of our region after that. How did the Big 12 get screwed when 6 out of 10 teams made it in? ROCK CHALK!!

Mike Ford 2 years, 9 months ago

St. Mary's is the VCU/Bradley/Bucknell/Northern Iowa/Rhode Island/UTEP/Georgia Tech/ team of the bunch. It's nice to know as a K State fan how many teams have knocked off the exalted KU over the years. I was at Fatso's with a beer when an unknown Cuttino Mobley from Rhode Island lit up Paul Pierce and company. I watch Jarrett Jack now of the New Orleans Hornets and remember Georgia Tech lighting up KU. Charles Jenkins now of the Golden State Warriors was the person neither Brady or any other guard could stop for Hofstra when Sherron Collins had to score 33 for KU to win. Hometown mythology.....

Scott Morgan 2 years, 9 months ago

Check out Detroit, they will make you wish Northern Iowa was back.

Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

Quit your damn whining. The NCAA Championship is not anointed, it is earned. We had a cake walk last year to the National Championship but couldn't get by VCU. If we can't get by Detroit, we don't deserve to be in the Final Four.

They lost 13 games, and play in a mediocre conference. All is fine. All, except for a few of our panicky fans.

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 9 months ago

Detroit hasn't won a game against a Top 50 opponent. That doesn't mean that they aren't a good team, but it does mean that we've played many teams as good or better than they are.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

With the exception of a couple of early losses by double digits, all their other losses have been by 6 points or less against decent if not great competition, and they do have a string of wins against decent, if not great teams.

If KU shows up ready to play, they should still win by 15, maybe even 30, but this is a solid team that needs to be taken seriously.

tbinch 2 years, 9 months ago

Yea, while your KSU team was sitting home watching the tournament! Better to play and lose than to not play at all!

Mixolydian 2 years, 9 months ago

I kind of got over the whole Roy thing after we spanked him in 08. Of course that doesn't mean I wouldn't thoroughly enjoy seeing him getting whupped again this year by the Hawks.

CHEEZIT 2 years, 9 months ago

Things that make you go Hmmmmmmm! Three of the four No. 1 lost their last game???

Jeff Kilgore 2 years, 9 months ago

When has KU been a #2 seed in the tourney?

James Minor 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a good bracket for KU. We beat GTown and besides the Carolina boys the rest of the bracket should beat themselves. If we don't look past the Chrysler boys and play them like we should have played Baylor we should be sitting good for the Elite Eight.

Gregory Newman 2 years, 9 months ago

Two wins thats it? All because of EJ and REL not forcing their man to play defense. If they dribble drive to the hoop for pull-up 7-14 mid-range jumpers. That opens up for lobs to T-Rob and Withey. Plus that takes away the freshness of the legs of good shooters that they have to defense. As of now offensively theres only T-Rob and TT.

Those three pointers are equivilent to playing horse in the backyard. Sometimes a make most times a not. Its a shame the fastest group of guards in the Nation and only one punches the gas and takes pride.

Gregory Newman 2 years, 9 months ago

Two wins thats it? All because of EJ and REL not forcing their man to play defense. If they dribble drive to the hoop for pull-up 7-14 mid-range jumpers. That opens up for lobs to T-Rob and Withey. Plus that takes away the freshness of the legs of good shooters that they have to defense. As of now offensively theres only T-Rob and TT.

Those three pointers are equivilent to playing horse in the backyard. Sometimes a make most times a not. Its a shame the fastest group of guards in the Nation and only one punches the gas and takes pride.

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