NCAA Tournament 2018: Selection committee releases top 4 seeds for each region

Duke men's basketball slotted as No. 2 seed in East in selection committee preview

Auburn the top No. 2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection

Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Purdue were all given No. 1 seeds while Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati earned No. 2 seeds.

But in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Spartans still have work to do become a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in next month's tournament.

Villanova was No. 1 in the East, Xavier tops in the Midwest Region and Purdue No. 1 in the West Region. Michigan State is also just 3-2 in Quadrant 1 games, which are classified as games against top-30 teams at home, top-50 teams at neutral sites and top-75 teams on the road. "Because they're older, they're very experienced, they're deep, they defend, they score in different ways". Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4.

South: 1. Virginia, 2.

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This is the second straight year the selection committee has released a preview of the bracket. That's fewer than most other teams in the top 16.

The Jayhawks are 19-6 overall and 8-4 in Big 12 play. The official tournament bracket will be revealed on Sunday, March 11.

Michigan State has four regular-season games remaining and then the Big Ten tournament. West Virginia, with ESPN's College Gameday in the house, and Monday, Feb. 19 for a rematch with Trae Young and Oklahoma. They are coming off an 80-64 loss to Baylor, but will have multiple chances to rebound in Big 12 play.

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