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NCAA: If tournament bracket were picked today, no KU or K-State in Kansas City

If the NCAA Tournament bracket was selected on Saturday, Kansas would not be placed in the Midwest Regional, which concludes with Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games at the Sprint Center.

The Jayhawks would be a No. 3 seed in the West.

That was part of the bracket preview Saturday, which revealed the top 16 overall seeds. Selection committee chairman Bernard Muir said Kansas wasn’t shipped out to avoid a geographic advantage. Any top-four seed in a region qualifies for geographic preference.

“Kansas could go there (to Kansas City),” Muir said. “We were trying to balance the entire bracket.