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.
With a month remaining until Selection Sunday, the NCAA selection committee released its preliminary bracket projection of the tournament's top 16 seeds on Sunday.
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. "Purdue had two tough losses to quality teams, while Xavier picked up two good road wins to solidify the fourth No. 1 seed and ultimately leap Purdue on the seed list". The four No. 2 seeds are Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati. 4 seeds in the South region.
The No. 4 seeds are: Tennessee (18-6), Ohio State (22-5), Arizona (20-6) and Oklahoma (16-8).
South: 1. Virginia, 2. But what else has Virginia Tech done to warrant inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field?
Michigan State beat No. 3 Purdue at home on Saturday to win its eight straight game and move to 24-3 overall.
The Cavaliers are contending for their third No. 1 seed in five seasons.
Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2. Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona filled out the top four in the West Region in Los Angeles.