KANSAS CITY, Mo. — There is one more game remaining in the Big 12 regular season for Bill Self and the Jayhawks, but everything is wrapped up with the Big 12.
KU sits atop the league by two games, meaning after a win or a loss by the Jayhawks Saturday in Stillwater against Oklahoma State, they will still be the #1 seed at next week's Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.
So, now it's time to play for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
"We're not playing for anything to help us in the Big 12 Tournament obviously," said Self. "But this has potential national implications, depending on the seed lines and stuff like that."
Right now, KU's seed line is where they want it and where they're used to it: #1. Since the NCAA Tournament began seeding teams in the mid-1980's, the Jayhawks have been a #1 seed 13 times.
"I believe there are seven or eight teams, maybe more, that are in play for a 1-seed," said Self. "And I think we're one of those."
The Jayhawks' fate in Kansas City can certainly seal their destiny in the NCAA Tournament. Last season KU was upset in the first round against TCU. However, the Jayhawks still received a #1 seed and advanced all the way to the Elite 8.