Virginia is running away with the ACC even after a home overtime loss to Virginia Tech Saturday for its first conference defeat, and it has earned the respect of the committee with the No. 1 overall ranking and a clear path to a No. 1 seed.
Complicated by a volatile week that included Virginia losing to Virginia Tech, Villanova to St. John's and Purdue to Ohio State and Michigan State, Sunday's seedings included only the top 16 and bracketed them by region.
No. 17 Oklahoma was projected as a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee's early bracket released Sunday.
The reveal provides insight into the selection committee's thinking exactly a month before Selection Sunday, on March 11.
The Cavaliers are contending for their third No. 1 seed in five seasons. The Boilermakers were given the West's No. 1 seed. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016.
The East bracket feeds into regional semifinal and regional championship games at the TD Garden in Boston.
The selection committee's full top 16 can be seen below. It will likely be ranked in the top three of the Associated Press poll on Monday. I wouldn't have felt great.
If Clemson (20-4, 9-3) can secure a No. 3 seed or better it would mark the highest seed ever for the Tigers.