Aside from Kansas' occasional inexplicable performances, this is a solid team. The Jayhawks shoot 48 percent from the field and hold opponents to 36 percent shooting, and Ben McLemore (16.0) is among four double-figure scorers.
Kansas should not be seriously challenged until meeting Florida in the Elite Eight.
The South's most intriguing second-round matchup is UCLA vs. Minnesota. UCLA lost No. 2 scorer Jordan Adams to a broken foot at the end of a semifinal victory over Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament, while Minnesota has lost 11 of its last 16 games.
"I guess when you lose one of your best players, it's always something you've got to try to overcome," UCLA coach Ben Howland said after his team fell to Oregon in the title game. "And we'll get better at that. We didn't have any time to prepare."
The Bruins can regroup this week, while Minnesota also tries to right itself. The Gophers deserved an NCAA bid because of their overall performance and strength of schedule, but they should be glad the selection committee no longer gives extra value to the last 10 games of the season.
Another interesting pairing is Michigan vs. South Dakota State, which features guard Nate Wolters. Michigan, led by point guard Trey Burke, gets to play 50 miles from home.
Florida will advance to the Elite Eight. The Gators lost Sunday in the Southeastern Conference tournament title game, but they're talented.
Why Kansas is No. 1
The Jayhawks are 29-5 and are playing their best basketball lately, winning three games in the Big 12 tournament by a total of 59 points.
Out on a limb
Akron over VCU as a No. 12 seed. The Zips crushed Ohio in the Mid-American Conference tournament final. Last March, Ohio made the Sweet 16.
No faith in
Georgetown. The Hoyas have not lived up to expectations in the NCAA Tournament since playing in the 2007 Final Four. Why is this year any different?