Clemson looking good in first NCAA March Madness bracket preview

Clemson looking good in first NCAA March Madness bracket preview

However, when the NCAA Tournament selection committee revealed its current top-16 teams on Sunday, it did not rank the Spartans as a top-2 seed.

Virginia (23-2), Villanova (23-2), Xavier (23-3) and Purdue (23-4) were all named No. 1 seeds.

However, they did not significantly damage Purdue's NCAA Tournament resume in the eyes of the selection committee. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016.

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

This year, the committee is using a new quadrant system that gives more weight to wins on the road and neutral courts.

With Duke, Clemson and North Carolina also included, the ACC comprised 25 percent of the top 16. The top four teams are a combined 40-8 away from home this season.

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If the tournament started today, the Blue Devils would be the No. 2 seed in the East Region with Villanova as the top seed, Texas Tech as the No. 3 seed and Ohio State seeded fourth.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2.

The committee originally had Kansas in the South, but swapped with Cincinnati in the West to even out the regions. Auburn was named the top No. 2 seed, which makes it No. 5 overall. Experts on the show said as much. "If we did not switch Kansas and Cincinnati, those regions would be unbalanced".

The committee is no longer using RPI top 50, top 100, top 200, and 201 and above as five dividing categories.

The Tigers were one of two SEC teams to earn a spot in the top 16: Tennessee was pegged as the No. 4 seed in the South region. The Boilermakers were given the West's No. 1 seed.

Auburn hosts Kentucky on Wednesday (8 p.m. CT, ESPN2) and travels to SC on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network). Arizona (20-6, 10-3) has losses to Washington and UCLA the past two weeks.

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