Tech basketball projected as a third seed

Michele Moreno
February 12, 2018

Oklahoma now sits in fifth place in the Big 12, which has been widely debated as the best conference in college basketball.

However, they did not significantly damage Purdue's NCAA Tournament resume in the eyes of the selection committee.

The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee revealed the current top 16 teams in the bracket Sunday. Purdue was the top seed in the West, where the regional is held in Los Angeles.

The Red Raiders were projected to be a part of the East region alongside first-seed Villanova, second-seed Duke and fourth-seed Ohio State. Auburn was placed in the Midwest region (Omaha, Neb.) with Xavier. That does not change much, if at all, because it's a big, top-tier win regardless of system. However, the Boilermakers know with more certainty where they stand relative to the rest of the country.

The Blue Devils were widely thought to be a strong candidate for a No. 1 seed before last Saturday's stunning loss to St. John's, and the defeat against the Tar Heels Thursday night made matters worse.

The No. 2 seeds are: Auburn (22-3), Kansas (19-6), Duke (19-5) and Cincinnati (22-2).

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.

The NCAA's bracket preview was revealed on CBS Sunday afternoon just four weeks until TBS will reveal the bracket on March 11 at 5 p.m. CST. It travels to Wisconsin on Thursday, plays Penn State at home, travels to IL and plays Minnesota at home.

Bruce Pearl's team entered Sunday at No. 8 in the RPI and No. 9 in KenPom.

Ultimately, the committee did a fairly good selecting their top 16 teams with a few unusual missteps.

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