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Purdue basketball a No. 1 seed in NCAA's in-season bracket reveal

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Ellis Copeland | 12 February, 2018, 01:11

The No. 3 seeds would be Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and UNC. And with the season winding down, the NCAA selection committee gave us a taste of how the top 16 seeds would look if selection Sunday was held today. The other three are Virginia (No. 1) on a neutral, Nevada (No. 15) on the road, and Alabama (No. 33) on the road.

Arizona would receive a No. 4 seed in the West Region if Selection Sunday were now, according to the NCAA Tournament selection committee's announcement Sunday. That ranking would make Duke a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016. The Cavaliers were selected as the tournament's top overall seed, playing in the South Region.

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. Auburn was placed in the Midwest region (Omaha, Neb.) with Xavier.

Numerous top seeds have suffered recent losses, but those were balanced out by key wins early in the season.

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The Tigers were one of two SEC teams to earn a spot in the top 16: Tennessee was pegged as the No. 4 seed in the South region. The 22-3 start by Auburn is the second-best start through 25 games in program history, only trailing the 1998-99 Tigers, who started 24-1. Duke (19-5, 7-4 ACC) lost to the Red Storm last week and to rival North Carolina this week.

Texas Tech's positioning could change.

"The committee was pretty strong in its consensus of the No. 1 teams, but there was a lot of dialogue all the way through the first quadrant because the teams are so close", Rasmussen said.

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