Virginia is running away with the ACC even after a home overtime loss to Virginia Tech Saturday for its first conference defeat, and it has earned the respect of the committee with the No. 1 overall ranking and a clear path to a No. 1 seed.
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. Instead, the Spartans were named as one of the four No. 3 seeds. Xavier was the third No. 1 seed (Midwest Region) and Purdue, which lost twice this week, was the fourth No. 1 seed (West Region).
Cincinnati, Michigan State and Tennessee were the projected No. 2-No.
The Midwest Region in Omaha had Auburn, Clemson and Oklahoma. Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4.
For the second straight year, the committee released the top four seeds in each region four weeks before the Selection Sunday announcements.
Michigan State's strength of schedule this season, according to the NCAA's formula is now ranked No. 114, according to Mlive.com's Kyle Austin. No. 24 Kentucky and Louisville were not among the committee's top-16 teams.
Obviously, this ranking could change, as the Spartans still have plenty of time to improve their ranking.
The NCAA Selection Committee released their Tournament Bracket Preview putting the Red Raiders as the No. 3 team in the East Region.
After the announcements, CBS's Jerry Palm estimated the rest of the brackets and added of Arizona that he was "surprised they were seeded this high". Kansas, 3. North Carolina, 4.