Clemson projected as No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament

Clemson projected as No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament

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). They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016. That ranking would make Duke a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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.

South: 1. Virginia, 2.

This is the second year the committee has done in-season seeds.

The reveal provides insight into the selection committee's thinking exactly a month before Selection Sunday, on March 11.

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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 Virginia men's basketball team may have used up some of its margin for error with a loss Saturday, but the people who matter perceive the Cavaliers as the team to beat in the NCAA Tournament next month.

Texas Tech's positioning could change. Clemson is now ranked 16th by the Associated Press and 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. "You just embrace the challenge and you go at it a game at a time". It was the Hokies' ninth Quadrant 1 game and fourth Quadrant 1 win. The early look at the top four teams in each region was shown live on CBS Sports.

"Really proud of the way our guys have played this year, gotten off to a great start, certainly have a little work left to finish".

Auburn is now 4-3 against the Top 50 of the Ratings Percentage Index and has 10 wins away from its home arena including seven true road wins.

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