Red Raiders No. 3 seed in NCAA bracket preview

Red Raiders No. 3 seed in NCAA bracket preview

Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and North Carolina were the No. 3 seeds.

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.

Auburn hosts Kentucky on Wednesday (8 p.m. CT, ESPN2) and travels to SC on Saturday (2:30 p.m. CT, SEC Network).

Xavier (23-3) and Purdue (23-4) would get No. 1 seeds if the NCAA men's basketball tournament started Sunday, according to a brackets preview released by the selection committee. That ranking would make Duke a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region).

The selection committee's full top 16 can be seen below.

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Virginia was the overall No. 1 seed followed by Villanova, Xavier and Purdue. The Tigers, who extended their SEC lead to two games with a win at Georgia on Saturday, are sitting pretty as the fifth overall seed thanks to a almost flawless non-conference schedule and seven true road wins, including five in league play. Clemson was a 4 seed in 1987 and 1997.

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

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).

The Sooners will be back in action Tuesday night when they face Texas Tech at 6 p.m. CT.

Oklahoma (16-8, 6-6 Big 12), which climbed to No. 4 in the AP Top 25 early in the season behind freshman phenom Trae Young, has lost three straight and six of eight.

"The committee was pretty strong in its consensus of the No. 1 teams, but there was a lot of dialogue all the way through the first quadrant because the teams are so close", Rasmussen said.

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