Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Virginia No. 1 in preliminary NCAA Tournament rankings

Virginia No. 1 in preliminary NCAA Tournament rankings

The Wahoos - 23-2 on the season, including a 12-1 record in the ACC - were the No. 1 overall seed in the bracket.

On Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds as a sign of where things stand with less than two months remaining in the season.

The last time the Vols were one of the top 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament was when they were given a No. 2 seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament. "Villanova bounced back with a good win Saturday, so we kept them second". And according to the preview, the Vols are now a No. 4 seed in the tournament.

Virginia may not be the No. 1 team in the nation when the Associated Press poll is released on Monday, but the Cavaliers are No. 1 where it counts. 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 No. 3 seeds would be Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and UNC.

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The other Big Ten teams to make the cut were Purdue (No. 1 seed for the West Region) and Ohio State (No. 4 seed for the East Region).

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

This is the second year that the committee has offered the sneak peak.

"There's a perception out there that there aren't any great teams and that may or may not be true", he said.

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The official brackets will be revealed a month from today.

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