Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue top preliminary NCAA bracket preview


Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue top preliminary NCAA bracket preview

Four months before Selection Sunday, Virginia is college basketball's top team in the eyes of the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Michigan State - which now holds an overall record of 24-3 and has gone 12-2 in Big Ten play - was not ranked a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. "We initially felt Villanova was the overall top seed, but we flipped that Thursday morning after the Wildcats lost to St. John's at home and Virginia won at Florida State".

The committee rated Michigan State a No. 3 seed in its midseason bracket reveal on Sunday afternoon.

Check out a breakdown of the current regional matchups below.

The NCAA Tournament selection committee has been using Team Sheets to create the 68-team field for years.

Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region). The exception was Virginia, which was replaced by Purdue.

Villanova was No. 1 in the East, Xavier tops in the Midwest Region and Purdue No. 1 in the West Region. Clemson reached the Sweet 16 of the 1997 tournament. It will likely be ranked in the top three of the Associated Press poll on Monday. That's fewer than most other teams in the top 16.

"I just wanted to win", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said Saturday night of the No. 1 prospects. It was the Hokies' ninth Quadrant 1 game and fourth Quadrant 1 win. "It's about your quality and how you play and continuing on in a conference race".

The No. 3 seeds are: Clemson (20-4), Texas Tech (21-4), Michigan State (24-3) and North Carolina (19-7).



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