Top overall seed in preliminary NCAA bracketing

Bracketology: What actually is on an NCAA Tournament resume may surprise you

The Midwest Region in Omaha had Auburn, Clemson and Oklahoma. But what else has Virginia Tech done to warrant inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field?

If they Spartans win out to finish their regular season and then go on to win the Big Ten Tournament, they would improve their case to be a top-2 seed or better in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

The committee rated Michigan State a No. 3 seed in its midseason bracket reveal on Sunday afternoon. Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earned the other No. 1 seeds.

"When the committee started our meeting on Tuesday, I think there was a general agreement on who the top three teams were, but by late Saturday night that group had grown to four", committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen said in a statement.

There are four ACC teams now in the top 16, including No. 1overall seed Virginia.


The No. 4 seeds are: Tennessee (18-6), Ohio State (22-5), Arizona (20-6) and Oklahoma (16-8).

So while Virginia Tech's away win vs. Virginia was an RPI top-50 win previous year, it is now a Quadrant 1 win.

Michigan State is ranked as the No. 11 overall seed, behind Clemson (No. 9) and Texas Tech (No. 10).

Virginia would be the No. 1 overall seed, despite its overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday.

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.

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