Red Raiders No. 3 seed in NCAA bracket preview


On Sunday, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee revealed the top 16 teams in the field as of this moment in the season.

The 2-seeds according to the NCAA Tournament selection committee were Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati.

The Red Raiders were projected to be a part of the East region alongside first-seed Villanova, second-seed Duke and fourth-seed Ohio State.

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

Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and North Carolina were the No. 3 seeds. The top 16 bracket reveal showed the selection committee is stressing the number of quality wins above everything else, including the actual "quality" of so-called quality wins, with the new Quadrant system. The committee placed the Spartans in the South Region, where Virginia and Cincinnati are the top two teams. Auburn was named the top No. 2 seed, which makes it No. 5 overall. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016.

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Purdue, despite losing both of its games last week, is No. 1 in the West Region with Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona in Los Angeles. That is the fifth-worst ranking among RPI top 50 teams. Purdue was the top seed in the West, where the regional is held in Los Angeles.

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

The No. 2 Cavaliers (23-2, 12-1 ACC) travel to No. 25 Miami (18-6, 7-5 ACC) on Tuesday to face the Hurricanes at 9 the Watsco Center.

The Jayhawks are 19-6 overall and 8-4 in Big 12 play.