Clemson looking good in first NCAA March Madness bracket preview

Lynette Rowe
February 12, 2018

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

UVA was projected as the top seed in the South region. Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earned the other No. 1 seeds. That is the fifth-worst ranking among RPI top 50 teams. Previously, Clemson has been a No. 4 seed on two occasions.

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.

As the South's No. 1, the Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 ACC) would likely open tournament play in Charlotte, N.C., the closest of the eight first-weekend venues to Charlottesville.

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"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.

The Sooners are losers of three in a row, but have notable wins over Oregon, Wichita State, Texas Tech and Kansas.

March 11th the official NCAA Tournament Bracket will be announced.

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. Cincinnati, 3. Tennessee, 4. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016. Auburn, 3. Clemson, 4. Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona filled out the top four in the West Region in Los Angeles.

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