All three of Kansas' major college basketball teams are going to the NCAA Tournament, including the first-seeded University of Kansas Jayhawks, who will be playing the first round in Wichita.

The Midwest looks like the bracket of death with No. 1 seed Kansas opening up in the Intrust Arena. The Jayhawks are on an apparent collision course with second-seeded Duke, with Michigan State at No. 3. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances.

The bracket looks tough in the East, where Wichita State drew a No. 4 and will travel to San Diego to open Saturday against No. 13 Marshall in a region that includes Villanova, Texas Tech and the Shockers' potential second-round foe, West Virginia.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State Friday in Charlotte, N.C. Foster began his career with the Wildcats.

Kansas won its 14th straight Big 12 regular-season championship, but an 18-point loss at Oklahoma State on March 3 raised questions about whether the Jayhawks would be worthy of a No. 1 seed. Their dominant three-game run through the conference tournament cast aside any doubts.

Duke, runner-up to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference, plays Iona on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Oh, and Auburn is the No. 4 seed in the Midwest after earning the top seed in the SEC Tournament.

The four teams advancing to the regional semifinals will meet at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on March 23.

Wichita State (25-7, 14-4 in conference play) will play Saturday at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif.  The Shockers fell to Houston in the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinals.

The Shockers are 18-15 all-time in 14 NCAA appearances and are seeking their third Final Four appearance.

They are playing solid team basketball under Coach Gregg Marshall, averaging the third-best assist total in the nation at 18.5 per game. They also are a top 10 rebounding team (40.5), compared to Marshall's 36.2 (127th in the nation).

Marshall (24-10, 12-6 in conference play) finished fourth in the Conference USA regular season but won the conference tournament with a one-point victory against Western Kentucky. Under coach Dan D'Antoni, the Thundering Herd will be on the hunt for their first NCAA Tournament victory after a 31-year absence from the Big Dance. They have a 0-5 record in the tournament.

Guard Jon Elmore leads the Herd, which average the nation's 12th-best scoring average at 84.3, with 22.8 points and 6.9 assists per game. However, the Herd also allows 78.8 points per game, as well, a mark good for 321st in the country.

Houston's Cougars, which were seeded No. 6 in the West regional, were dropped 56-55 in Sunday's AAC championship game against Cincinnati, the No. 2 seed in a South bracket that includes No. 1 overall seed Virginia, Kansas State, Arizona, Kentucky and Texas.

K-State (22-11) will face Creighton and Foster after two turbulent seasons with the Wildcats. He led K-State to the NCAA tourney as a freshman in 2014 when he averaged 15.5 points. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12.5 points the following year but had problems on and off the court before being dismissed by coach Bruce Weber.

Creighton (21-11) went 10-8 in the Big East this year, tying for third in the conference standings. Foster led the Bluejays, averaging 20.3 points and shooting 42.2 percent from 3-point range.

Creighton's roster also includes Eudora’s Mitch Ballock, a 6-5 freshman guard who averages 7.0 points with 19 3-pointers. The Bluejays are the nation’s 10th-most potent offense at 84.3 points per game and rank sixth nationally in assists at 18.0 per game.

After sneaking into last year's Big Dance as the last at-large team selected, K-State didn't have to sweat this year's bid. Despite a weak nonconference schedule, K-State earned a spot in the NCAA bracket by going 10-8 and finishing fourth in the Big 12 then beating fifth-place TCU in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals.

The Wildcats lost to conference champion Kansas in the semifinals while playing without injured leading scorers Dean Wade and Barry Brown. Wade missed the game with a foot injury, and Brown left 77 seconds into the contest when he was poked in the eye.

The winner most likely will play Virginia, the No. 1 overall seed, on Sunday.