Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue top preliminary NCAA bracket preview

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On Sunday afternoon, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee released the Top 16 seeds as it stands right now, a month away from Selection Sunday.

If the NCAA tournament were to be determined today, Arizona would be a No. 4 seed in the West, which is pretty consistent with how many have projected.

Michigan State - which now holds an overall record of 24-3 and has gone 12-2 in Big Ten play - was not ranked a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The show only projected the top four seeds in each region. The four No. 2 seeds are Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati.

Virginia leads the ACC race by two games in the loss column over Clemson (9-3) and resumes league competition Tuesday at Miami.


The other Big Ten teams to make the cut were Purdue (No. 1 seed for the West Region) and Ohio State (No. 4 seed for the East Region).

"Virginia's had an unbelievable year ... and they're an fantastic 10-1 (away from home)", committee chairman and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said on CBS.

Michigan State beat No. 3 Purdue at home on Saturday to win its eight straight game and move to 24-3 overall. The official tournament bracket will be revealed on Sunday, March 11.

The Blue Devils were widely thought to be a strong candidate for a No. 1 seed before last Saturday's stunning loss to St. John's, and the defeat against the Tar Heels Thursday night made matters worse. Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016.

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