Kansas draws 4-seed, Northeastern in NCAA first round

Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (1) blocks a shot by West Virginia forward Andrew Gordon (12) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Big 12 men's tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, March 15, 2019. Kansas forward David McCormack is at left. Kansas defeated West Virginia 88-74. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(WIBW) -- The Selection Committee has spoken.

Kansas is the four-seed in the Midwest region and will face 13-seed Northeastern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks will play in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 21 at about 3 p.m. CT on TNT.


The bid marks KU's 30th-straight March Madness appearance, which is the longest streak in NCAA history.

It also marks the first time since 2009 that KU has not been a 1 or 2 seed. Kansas was a 1 seed the last three years straight.

According to Action Network, KU is an 11-point favorite over Northeastern with an 86.3 percent chance of winning the first round.

The last time the Jayhawks were a four-seed was in 2006 when the Jayhawks were upset by Bradley in the first round.

North Carolina is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, followed by Kentucky at No. 2. The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will be held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Iowa State landed the 6-seed in the Midwest Region.

The Jayhawks went 12-6 in the Big 12 regular season and fell in the conference tournament finals against Iowa State on Saturday.

Overall, KU sits at 25-9 after going 23-8 in the regular season.