Kansas claims 1-seed, heading to Tulsa for NCAA Tournament

STYLES MAKE FIGHTS: There are intriguing clashes of style throughout the region with rough-and-tumble teams such as Michigan State and Purdue - quintessential Big Ten bruisers - in line to play fun-and-gun teams such as Kansas and Iowa State. Louisville and OR have each been thought of as national title contenders this season.

Reigning champion Villanova earns No. 1 overall seed in NCAA Tournament, will play in East region.

The Final Four will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 1 and 3.

Oregon, which advanced to the Pac-12 championship game, fell to the third seed in large part due to a season-ending knee injury for senior forward Chirs Boucher.

The 20-4 Jayhawks will get to play in Kansas City by making it out of the first weekend, which will begin with a March 17 game against the aforementioned victor of the play-in contest. North Carolina was the best team in the ACC during the regular season.

Kansas is led by National Player of the Year candidate Frank Mason. He gets the nod over Purdue's Swanigan, the Big 10 Conference's player of the year and a Karl Malone Award finalist.

Big 12 Tournament champ Iowa State is the fifth seed in the region while Oklahoma State earned an at-large bid and will face Big Ten Tournament champion MI as the No. 10 seed. Should the Jayhawks win their first two games, they'll play very close to home in the Sweet 16 with the Midwest regional site being in Kansas City.

The Jayhawks are making their 46th NCAA Tournament all-time appearance.

  • Julie Sanders