Tech basketball projected as a third seed

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This is just the 2nd season the committee released their preliminary ranking for the Top 16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers are now the No. 9 overall team, according to the committee, and are projected as the top No. 3 seed, playing in the Midwest Region.

Virginia (23-2), Villanova (23-2), Xavier (23-3) and Purdue (23-4) were all named No. 1 seeds. "We initially felt Villanova was the overall top seed, but we flipped that Thursday morning after the Wildcats lost to St. John's at home and Virginia won at Florida State".

East: 1. Villanova, 2.




The No. 3 seeds are: Clemson (20-4), Texas Tech (21-4), Michigan State (24-3) and North Carolina (19-7). That is the fifth-worst ranking among RPI top 50 teams.

After the announcements, CBS's Jerry Palm estimated the rest of the brackets and added of Arizona that he was "surprised they were seeded this high".

"Virginia's had an unbelievable year ... and they're an wonderful 10-1 (away from home)", committee chairman and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said on CBS. The final bracket for the NCAA Tournament will be revealed March 11.

The Cavaliers are contending for their third No. 1 seed in five seasons. Duke, 3. Texas Tech, 4. Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona filled out the top four in the West Region in Los Angeles.

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