Virginia gets No. 1 overall seed in preliminary NCAA Tournament bracket

by Antonio Miles February 12, 2018, 1:13
Virginia gets No. 1 overall seed in preliminary NCAA Tournament bracket

"When the committee started our meeting on Tuesday, I think there was a general agreement on who the top three teams were, but by late Saturday night that group had grown to four", committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen said in a statement. The No. 3 seeds would be Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and UNC.

The NCAA Tournament doesn't begin for another month, but if the season ended today, Auburn (22-3, 10-2) would be the top 2 seed and playing in the Midwest region.

Arizona would receive a No. 4 seed in the West Region if Selection Sunday were now, according to the NCAA Tournament selection committee's announcement Sunday. The four No. 2 seeds are Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati. They also have four Quadrant 2 wins and only two losses outside Quadrant 1.

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The selection committee's full top 16 can be seen below. Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earned the other No. 1 seeds. "So Auburn goes to Omaha (the Midwest region)". The Tigers, who extended their SEC lead to two games with a win at Georgia on Saturday, are sitting pretty as the fifth overall seed thanks to a almost flawless non-conference schedule and seven true road wins, including five in league play. And the No. 4 seeds would be Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma. They will likely fall out of the top 10 in the next AP poll for the first time of the season Monday, but are still in the mix in the only rankings that will matter in the middle of March. Duke (19-5, 7-4 ACC) lost to the Red Storm last week and to rival North Carolina this week.

The 7th Ranked Red Raiders (21-4) lead the Big 12 Conference.


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