Beginning to the madness

Kyle Doll

Sugar Beet staff reporter

Madness can be expected when the National College Athletics Association tournament starts next month. March is the start of March Madness and the Division one colleges in Kansas are in prime position to make the a run in the tournament.

The number sixth ranked Kansas Jayhawks are 23-6 overall and 12-4 in the conference. After their 74-72 win at Texas tech they secured their 14th straight big 12 conference championship. With only three weeks till March Madness starts, the Jayhawks will finish their season playing Texas on Monday and Oklahoma state on Saturday, Before the big 12 tournament that starts next week. They are also a projected number one seed in the NCAA tournament.

“This year is such a drastic change from a normal Kansas basketball team,” Kade Brennaman, health academy senior, said. “Most years we look at home games as a automatic win, but this year has been completely backwards. Our road record is really good, so I believe the potential offense we can produce with the way our guards shoot the basketball, it can be an exciting March.”

The Kansas State Wildcats are unranked but have won four of their last sixth games and has an overall record of 20-9 and 9-7 in the big 12 conference. The Wildcats are ranked forth in the Big 12 conference with only two games left to play before the conference tournament. They are a projected 10 seed.

“In the past we haven’t got very good seeds in the tournament and I think will be hard again this year. We also struggle playing in tournaments, but with the 20-9 record that they have and how they’ve been playing. I believe they are in a great position to do well in March,” Austin Roth, trade academy sophomore, said.

The Wichita State Shockers are ranked eleventh in the nation and have a record of 23-5 and 13-3 in the American conference. Wichita state has won six in a row heading into their last two games against University of Central Florida and then a game that will decide the conference champion against the conference leading Cincinnati Bearcats. The shockers are a projected four seed.

“They have been playing well and their win versus Cincinnati showed that they are ready to play at a high level in March,” Lance Allred, public service senior, said.

The Kansas, Kansas state, Wichita state, along will all the other D1 basketball teams will figure out who they will be playing on March 11th and the first round of the tournament starts on March 13th.

Kyle Doll is a trade academy sophomore. Contact him at dollk2@student.gckschools.com.

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