Selection Sunday for the 2018 NCAA Tournament is 4 weeks away. 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 committee announced the top 4 seeds in each region on Sunday afternoon
The No. 1 seeds were Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Purdue. The No. 2 seeds were Duke, Auburn, Kansas and Cincinnati. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds will be announced shortly.
Auburn is the only SEC team to crack a top-4 seed, which isn’t all that surprising given the way the Tigers have played this season. Despite being without leading scorer Bryce Brown on Saturday, Auburn thumped Georgia 78-61 on the road. That win, coupled with a blowout Tennessee loss to Alabama, gave the Tigers a two-game lead in the SEC standings.
But despite the lack of top seeds, the conference should still be well represented come March. Based on Joe Lundari’s latest projections, the SEC is projected to get 8 teams into the tournament. That would break the record for most SEC teams in a single tournament, which is 6.
And there are several teams that could push for a top seed as well. Kentucky likely would’ve been one, had the Wildcats not lost its past three games. John Calipari and the Wildcats have the talent to turn it around, but it is still a very young Kentucky team.
Tennessee also likely would’ve been one of the top seeds but that was before getting stomped by 28 against Alabama. The Volunteers have a strong resume, as it can claim wins over Kentucky and Purdue.
Texas A&M, which started 0-5 in SEC play, has won 4 games in a row. Given that the Aggies were at one point a top-5 team in the country, they can easily push for a top 4 seed. Missouri, under first year coach Cuonzo Martin, has also won 4 in a row. And the Tigers could potentially add Michael Porter Jr. back to the fold. The No. 1 overall recruit for the 2017 class made it clear on Friday that he wants to return to play this season.
The other projected NCAA tournament teams are Florida, Alabama and Arkansas. Mississippi State could also possibly make a run at a tournament bid.
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