Did KU end up in the 'Bracket of Death'?

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Kansas may have a claimed a top seed, but that doesn't mean the road to the Final Four will be easy.

The Jayhawks open the tournament in Wichita, which is about a 2½-hour drive from their Lawrence campus, with a Thursday game against Penn.

The Midwest looks like the bracket of death with the Jayhawks opening up in Wichita. The No. 2 seed is Duke, with Michigan State at No. 3. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances.

Oh, and Auburn is the No. 4 seed after earning the top seed in the SEC Tournament.

Game times (all times CDT)

  • Kansas vs. Penn Thursday, approx. 1:00 p.m., on TBS
  • Wichita State vs. Marshall Friday, approx. 12:30 p.m.
  • Kansas State vs. CreightonFriday, approx. 5:50 p.m. on TNT

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The first four teams out of the field were Baylor, Saint Mary's, USC and Notre Dame, while the Fighting Irish and Bonzie Colson were left out when Davidson won its conference tournament and forced Rhode Island into taking an at-large bid.

Syracuse was the last team into the field.

Kansas won its 14th straight Big 12 regular-season championship, but an 18-point loss at Oklahoma State on March 3 raised questions about whether the Jayhawks would be worthy of a No. 1 seed. Their dominant three-game run through the conference tournament cast aside any doubts.

Duke, runner-up to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference, plays Iona on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

The four teams advancing to the regional semifinals will meet at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on March 23.