March 22, 2018

Clemson projected as No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament

12 February 2018, 01:13 | Simon Arnold

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Ultimately, the committee did a fairly good selecting their top 16 teams with a few odd missteps.

There is still one month remaining in the season and some time for these seeds to switch up before Selection Sunday.

Virginia may not be the No. 1 team in the nation when the Associated Press poll is released on Monday, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 where it counts.

Duke is now the No. 7 team in the nation in the eyes of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee, which revealed its top 16 teams up to this point in the season Sunday afternoon on CBS. The four No. 2 seeds are Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati.

"Virginia's a dominant defensive team, but they're much better offensively than they've been", committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said during the selection show.

The Tigers are now the No. 9 overall team, according to the committee, and are projected as the top No. 3 seed, playing in the Midwest Region.

The Rams are 1-3 against Quadrant 1 opponents but the quadrant's arbitrary cutoff has done them an injustice. Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earned the other No. 1 seeds.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2.

Virginia leads the ACC race by two games in the loss column over Clemson (9-3) and resumes league competition Tuesday at Miami. Auburn's only losses this season have come against teams rated 17th (Texas A&M), 33rd (Alabama) and 39th in the RPI (Temple). Kansas (19-6, 8-4 Big 12) lost to Baylor this week and has dropped two of three to fall a game behind Texas Tech in its bid to win a 14th straight Big 12 championship.

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