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Kansas gets 4th seed in Midwest Region for NCAA Tournament

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s time to go dancing. The Kansas Jayhawks now know their seed and opponent for the NCAA Tournament after Selection Sunday.

The Jayhawks earned the fourth seed in the Midwest Region, where they will face the Southern Conference Champion Samford Bulldogs (29-5) in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday.

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Samford is led by junior forward Achor Achor, who averages 15.8 ppg and 6.1 rebounds per game. He also shoots 44.6% from three.

In fact, Samford is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, shooting the ball at 39.3%. The Bulldogs take and make a lot of them.

They have a high-octane offense as they were fourth in the country in scoring at 86 ppg.

“What have we labored with all year is team’s that shoot three’s,“ Bill Self said. “It’s an extremely difficult matchup.”

Kansas limped into the NCAA Tournament, losing four of five games and suffering back-back blowout losses to Houston and Cincinnati. Kansas finished the regular season 22-10, the most losses since Self has been the head coach.

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A large part of those struggles is they also dealt with injuries to Kevin McCullar Jr. And Hunter Dickinson.

The good news for Kansas is their two leading scorers will be back for the tournament as Kansas should have their full roster.

This is a record 34th consecutive tournament appearance for Kansas.

Tipoff is at 8:55 p.m on TBS. The winner will take on the winner of Gonzaga and McNeese on Saturday.

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