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Clemson looking good in first NCAA March Madness bracket preview

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Lillian Steele | 12 February, 2018, 01:35

Clemson was the No. 9 seed (No. 3 seed in Midwest Region) and North Carolina was the No. 12 seed (No. 3 seed in West Region).

The Tigers, now 20-4 overall and 9-3 in second-place in the ACC, were projected as a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region of the bracket.

Villanova, the No. 2 overall seed, tops the East Region in Boston with Duke, Texas Tech and Ohio State. The NCAA no longer groups a team's wins and losses by RPI Top 25, RPI Top 50, etc. on the "team sheet" presented to selection committee members.

The NCAA Selection Committee made the announcement Sunday morning in its second preview show in as many years. But keep in mind that Oklahoma and Arizona rank even lower than the Rams' in those metrics in addition to worse standings in resume-ranking metrics like RPI, yet those Power-5 schools snuck in as the last two No. 4 seeds.

The other three are Virginia (No. 1) on a neutral, Nevada (No. 15) on the road, and Alabama (No. 33) on the road. Tennessee now sits at No. 13 in the RPI and has a 4-4 record against teams inside the top 25 of the RPI and doesn't have a single "bad loss" on their record.

The Tigers, now 20-4 overall and 9-3 in second-place in the ACC, play at Florida State Wednesday night for a 7:05 tipoff.

East: 1. Villanova, 2.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2. 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. Auburn, 3. Clemson, 4. Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona filled out the top four in the West Region in Los Angeles.

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