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

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

The second-year event features the selection committee bracketing the top 16 teams in the country as if today was selection Sunday.

"Auburn can not go to Atlanta because we can not have the top No. 1 seed play the top No. 2 seed", NCAA men's committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce D. Rasmussen said on CBS.

Auburn (22-3, 10-2 SEC), which is leading the Southeastern Conference by two games with six games to play, was placed as a 2-seed in the Midwest Region with Xavier as the No. 1 seed. The other three No. 3 seeds along with Michigan State are Clemson, Texas Tech and North Carolina.

Purdue earned a No. 1 seed despite losing both games this week, though both were to ranked teams - No. 14 Ohio State and No. 4 Michigan State.

"Virginia's a dominant defensive team, but they're much better offensively than they've been", committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said during the selection show.

East: 1. Villanova, 2. "So Auburn goes to Omaha (the Midwest region)". Clemson was a 4 seed in 1987 and 1997.

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UA's 81-67 win over USC clearly helped the Wildcats stay among the top 16 seeds. The NCAA no longer groups a team's wins and losses by RPI Top 25, RPI Top 50, etc. on the "team sheet" presented to selection committee members.

The Cavaliers are contending for their third No. 1 seed in five seasons.

South: 1. Virginia, 2. The committee has Duke No. 7, which would give it a 2 seed, and North Carolina No. 12, which would be a three seed.

Texas Tech's positioning could change. Arizona (20-6, 10-3) has losses to Washington and UCLA the past two weeks.

The committee appears to be putting lots of faith in the Jayhawks down the stretch.