The NCAA Tournament selection committee unveiled its Top 16 seeds Sunday afternoon and Auburn, fresh off its 78-61 win at Georgia Saturday, was the No. 5 overall seed and therefore, the first No. 2 seed in its only early reveal of the 2017-18 season.
The Tigers were joined on the 2-line by Kansas (West), Duke (East) and Cincinnati (South).
The No. 3 seeds are: Clemson (20-4), Texas Tech (21-4), Michigan State (24-3) and North Carolina (19-7). Away from Mackey Arena, the Boilermakers are 6-1 in the Big Ten, 7-1 including the nonconference and 2-2 on neutral sites.
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Despite back-to-back last-possession loses in the last week, the NCAA considers Purdue a No. 1 seed in the Tournament, if it started right now. The Cavaliers, Tar Heels and Tigers are the only other teams in the Blue Devils' general geographic region in the committee's top 16, and the results of the next month will decide which two teams get to stay close to home and play the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in Charlotte. Virginia 2. Villanova 3. It was the Hokies' ninth Quadrant 1 game and fourth Quadrant 1 win. Previously, Clemson has been a No. 4 seed on two occasions.
Michigan State, the team likely to take over the No. 1 spot in the AP poll on Monday, was the No. 11 overall seed (No. 3 seed in South Region). Kansas, 3. North Carolina, 4. Tennessee is ranked as the No. 4 seed for that region.
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. The early look at the top four teams in each region was shown live on CBS Sports.