Red Raiders No. 3 seed in NCAA bracket preview

Newcastle United's Matt Ritchie center celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at St James Park Newcastle England Sunday Feb. 11 2018. (Ow

Duke men's basketball slotted as No. 2 seed in East in selection committee preview

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.

Xavier was the top seed in the Midwest Region, joined by Auburn, Clemson and Oklahoma in Omaha.

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.

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