Kansas Jayhawks Receive No. 1 Seed in 2023 NCAA Tournament
The 2023 NCAA Tournament selection committee has given the Kansas Jayhawks the No. 1 seed in the West Regional.
Kansas will take on No. 16 Howard on Thursday in Des Moines. Howard is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1992. The winner will play either No. 8 seed Arkansas or No. 9 seed Illinois.
The Jayhawks are fresh off a run to the Big 12 Tournament Title Game where they ended up losing to the Texas Longhorns by 20 points. Despite losing to Kansas twice in one week, the committee was still most impressed by Kansas’ body of work, which included a Big 12 regular season title.
Kansas finished the regular season with a 27-5 record, including a 13-5 record in Big 12 play.
The Jayhawks are the defending National Champions after beating North Carolina last season 72-69. KU trailed that game by 15 points at halftime before an all-time comeback to win their first National Title since 2008.
The Jayhawks are led by Jalen Wilson, who averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game this season. He was named the Big 12 Player of the Year last week and has also been named a semifinalist for the National Player of the Year.
After Bill Self missed the Big 12 Tournament due to a health issue, the head coach is expected back on the sidelines this week when the Jayhawks begin their National Title defense. Self missed the entire Big 12 Tournament with his medical issue.
Kansas has made 51 NCAA Tournament appearances, while reaching 16 Final Fours, plus four National Championships (1952, 1988, 2008, 2022). The Jayhawks have an overall record of 115-48 in March Madness.