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NCAA Brackets Preview Projects Kentucky as No. 7 Seed in South


Four months before Selection Sunday, Virginia is college basketball's top team in the eyes of the NCAA tournament selection committee. Per TeamRankings, it has a 100 percent chance to make the NCAA Tournament; a 34.6 percent chance to earn a 2-seed (and 18.4 percent chance to earn a top seed); a 10.7 percent chance of making the Final Four and a 1.7 percent chance to win the national championship.

The No. 1 seeds were Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Purdue.

No. 8 Auburn (22-3, 10-2 SEC) is the top No. 2 seed in the committee's initial bracket, which was unveiled Sunday.

The Tigers are now projected as a number 3 seed in the Midwest Region.

Tennessee, Ohio State, Arizona and Oklahoma were the No. 4 seeds. Last season, 15 of the preliminary top 16 remained in that group for the bracket a month later.

A No. 3 seed for the Tigers would be their highest seed in the NCAA Tournament at any point. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016. Auburn was placed in the Midwest region (Omaha, Neb.) with Xavier. Auburn's only losses this season have come against teams rated 17th (Texas A&M), 33rd (Alabama) and 39th in the RPI (Temple).


South: 1. Virginia, 2.

Texas Tech's positioning could change.

UA's 81-67 win over USC clearly helped the Wildcats stay among the top 16 seeds.

Virginia leads the ACC race by two games in the loss column over Clemson (9-3) and resumes league competition Tuesday at Miami.

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.

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