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Undefeated Kentucky in Midwest Region with Kansas

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Undefeated and overall No. 1 seed Kentucky will start the NCAA tournament in the Bluegrass State.

The perennial SEC champion Wildcats (34-0), trying to be the first undefeated national champion since 1976, play their NCAA Midwest Region opener Thursday against a No. 16 seed in Louisville, Kentucky. They face Manhattan or Hampton, who play Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Kansas, which won its 11th Big 12 regular-season title in a row before losing to Iowa State in the conference tournament final, is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest. The Jayhawks (26-8) play New Mexico State (23-10) on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Unless there is an unprecedented upset, Kentucky will then play No. 8 seed Cincinnati (22-10) or No. 9 Purdue (21-12), the other Midwest Region matchup Thursday in Louisville.

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MARCH 2: Kevin Garnett #21 of the Minnesota Timberwolves puts powder on his hands before entering the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 2, 2015 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jordan Johnson/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 2: Goalie Corey Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks eyes the puck during the NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes on March 02, 2015 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)
AMES, IA - MARCH 2: Frank Booker #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners is fouled by Georges Niang #31 of the Iowa State Cyclones as he takes a three point shot in the second half of play at Hilton Coliseum on March 2, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State defeated Oklahoma 77-70. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - MARCH 06: Eric Young Jr. #4 of the Atlanta Braves dives for a fly ball during the fifth inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Champion Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BANGKOK, THAILAND - MARCH 08: MXGP riders race during the MXGP on March 8, 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MARCH 06: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was created with a fish eye lens) Kirsten McAslan of Great Britain & Northern Ireland competes in the Women's 400 metres rounds during day one of the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships at O2 Arena on March 6, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 3: Mel Rojas Jr. #81 of the Pittsburgh Pirates dives but is unable to catch a fly ball in center field during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on March 3, 2015 in Dunedin, Florida. The Pirates defeated the Blue Jays 8-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 5: Josh Jooris #86 of the Calgary Flames scores in a shoot-out against Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins at the TD Garden on March 5, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
DUNEDIN, FL - MARCH 3: A group of Toronto Blue Jays players try to stay cool in the shade before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on March 3, 2015 in Dunedin, Florida. The Pirates defeated the Blue Jays 8-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 03: The Kansas Jayhawks pose with the trophy after defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers to win the game and clinch an eleventh-straight Big IX Championship title at Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, 2015 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 06: Horses race in the Greenlane Cup HCP Trot during the New Zealand Trotting Cup at Alexandra Park on March 6, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using multiple exposure in camera) Lin Dan of China in action as he beats Tian Houwei of China in the men's singles during day three of YONEX All England Open Badminton Championships at Birmingham Barclaycard Arena on March 5, 2015 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 6: Ty Kelly #68 of the St. Louis Cardinals turns the double play forcing out Gregorio Petit #3 of the Houston Astros during the third inning of the spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium on March 6, 2015 in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-2. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 08: Duncan Keith #2 of the Chicago Blackhawks sails over teammate Cory Crawford #50 during a game against the New York Rangers at the United Center on March 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
BRADFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Billy Knott of Bradford City strikes the ball as Daniel Williams of Reading closes in during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Bradford City and Reading at the Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade on March 7, 2015 in Bradford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 07: Loui Eriksson #21 congratulates Brad Marchand #63 of the Boston Bruins after he scored a goal in the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers, sending the game into overtime at TD Garden on March 7, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 3-2. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 07: Dakari Johnson #44 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Dorian Finney-Smith #10 and Alex Murphy #5 of the Florida Gators during the game at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - MARCH 06: (L-R) Cindy Roleder of Germany, Isabelle Pedersen of Norway, Alina Talay of Belarus, Serita Solomon of Great Britain & Northen Ireland, Nooralotta Neziri of Finland, Lucy Hatton of Great Britain & Northen Ireland, Hanna Plotitsyna of Ukraine, Andrea Ivancevic of Croatia leave the blocks at the start of the Women's 60 metres Hurdles during day one of the 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships at O2 Arena on March 6, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 7: Goaltender Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche is snowed by Scott Hartnell #43 of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche after covering the puck during the first period on March 7, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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