Clemson looking good in first NCAA March Madness bracket preview

Kristopher Nichols
February 12, 2018

But in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Spartans still have work to do become a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in next month's tournament. The committee placed the Spartans in the South Region, where Virginia and Cincinnati are the top two teams.

Michigan State, the team likely to take over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll on Monday, was the No. 11 overall seed (No. 3 seed in South Region).

"Virginia's had an unbelievable year ... and they're an incredible 10-1 (away from home)", committee chairman and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said on CBS. Its strength of schedule is rated No. 94 in the country. But what else has Virginia Tech done to warrant inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field?

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As things stand, the No. 1 seeds would be Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Purdue.

The No. 2 seeds are: Auburn (22-3), Kansas (19-6), Duke (19-5) and Cincinnati (22-2).

Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region). Last season, 15 of the preliminary top 16 remained in that group for the bracket a month later. That does not change much, if at all, because it's a big, top-tier win regardless of system. Who knows if you'll get that chance? Clemson was the No. 9 seed (No. 3 seed in Midwest Region) and North Carolina was the No. 12 seed (No. 3 seed in West Region).

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