Virginia, Villanova Among No. 1 Seeds in 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket Preview

Bracketology: What actually is on an NCAA Tournament resume may surprise you

Bracketology: What actually is on an NCAA Tournament resume may surprise you

This is just the 2nd season the committee released their preliminary ranking for the Top 16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament. It will likely be ranked in the top three of the Associated Press poll on Monday.

"Despite UVA's loss Saturday, we felt that based on their 13 wins in the first two quadrants, they deserved to remain on top".

The No. 2 seeds are: Auburn (22-3), Kansas (19-6), Duke (19-5) and Cincinnati (22-2). 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). The No. 4 seeds are Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma.

This is the second straight year the selection committee has released a preview of the bracket.

The final bracket will be announced March 11th on CBS.

As for Kansas' standing as a No. 2 seed, the Jayhawks now have nine Quadrant 1 victories - tied with Villanova for the most in the country - and still have an impressive overall resume despite their recent struggles.

Michigan State (24-3) knocked off Purdue on Saturday, and has a victory over No. 12 North Carolina.

East: 1. Villanova, 2. "I really think this Texas Tech team is one to really keep an eye on no matter what it looks like a month from now when we reveal the bracket". The Midwest Region in Omaha had Auburn, Clemson and Oklahoma.

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