Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Kansas projected to be No. 2 seed by NCAA Tournament selection committee

Kansas projected to be No. 2 seed by NCAA Tournament selection committee

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 Cavaliers were the No. 1 overall seed and assigned to the South Regional in preliminary bracketing released Sunday by the tournament selection committee.

Virginia was projected as the No. 1 overall seed (in the South region) and joined on the 1-line by Villanova (East), Xavier (Midwest) and Purdue (West).

Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati were the No. 2 seeds.

The committee rated Michigan State a No. 3 seed in its midseason bracket reveal on Sunday afternoon. The No. 4 seeds are Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma.

"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.

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

Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region).

Numerous top seeds have suffered recent losses, but those were balanced out by key wins early in the season. 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.

Texas Tech's positioning could change.

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.

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