Auburn tabbed a 2 seed in NCAA Top 16 bracket reveal

12 February, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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"When the committee started our meeting on Tuesday, I think there was a general agreement on who the top three teams were, but by late Saturday night that group had grown to four", committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen said in a statement. The 3-seed in Auburn's region was Clemson and the 4-seed was Oklahoma.

For the second straight year, the committee released the top four seeds in each region four weeks before the Selection Sunday announcements.

Virginia may not be the No. 1 team in the nation when the Associated Press poll is released on Monday, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 where it counts.

Kansas was made a No. 2 seed in the West and Oklahoma a #4 seed in the Midwest.

However, they did not significantly damage Purdue's NCAA Tournament resume in the eyes of the selection committee. The show only projected the top four seeds in each region.

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The Tigers, now 20-4 overall and 9-3 in second-place in the ACC, were projected as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the bracket. Auburn was named the top No. 2 seed, which makes it No. 5 overall.

The Rams are 1-3 against Quadrant 1 opponents but the quadrant's arbitrary cutoff has done them an injustice. "So Auburn goes to Omaha (the Midwest region)". Auburn's only losses this season have come against teams rated 17th (Texas A&M), 33rd (Alabama) and 39th in the RPI (Temple). The committee has Duke No. 7, which would give it a 2 seed, and North Carolina No. 12, which would be a three seed.

The 7th Ranked Red Raiders (21-4) lead the Big 12 Conference.

The rankings could certainly change before the field of 68 is selected on March 11 with more than 1,000 games yet to be played.

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