Published: Mon, February 12, 2018

NCAA Tournament selection committee projects Auburn as a 2-seed

NCAA Tournament selection committee projects Auburn as a 2-seed

With just four weeks left until the entire NCAA Tournament bracket is posted, Auburn is still now among a group of contenders for a No. 1 seed. Auburn was the highest ranked two seed while Clemson was the top No. 3 and Tennessee was the best four seed. The preliminary rankings held up: The committee stuck with 15 of the top 16 seeds. Despite Michigan State's two top-five wins, it has only a 3-2 record in its "Quadrant 1" games, against top-30 teams at home, top-50 teams at neutral sites and top-75 teams on the road.

The Boilermakers were a No. 1 seed in the current top 16 seeds revealed by the NCAA on Sunday afternoon.

Three of last year's four preliminary No. 1 seeds - Villanova, Kansas and Gonzaga - played their way to actual No. 1s, with the Bulldogs reaching the tournament final before losing to North Carolina.

The selection committee's full top 16 can be seen below.

The top four overall seeds were Virginia, Villanova, Michigan State and Xavier.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2.

The Tigers, now 20-4 overall and 9-3 in second-place in the ACC, play at Florida State Wednesday night for a 7:05 tipoff. And the No. 4 seeds would be Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma. Auburn's only losses this season have come against teams rated 17th (Texas A&M), 33rd (Alabama) and 39th in the RPI (Temple). Auburn, 3. Clemson, 4. Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4.

Oklahoma (16-8, 6-6 Big 12), which climbed to No. 4 in the AP Top 25 early in the season behind freshman phenom Trae Young, has lost three straight and six of eight.

The committee appears to be putting lots of faith in the Jayhawks down the stretch.

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