MSU a No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament committee rankings

Feb 10 2018 Charlottesville VA USA Virginia Tech Hokies guard Nickeil Alexander Walker celebrates with Hokies guard Justin Bibbs after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State - which now holds an overall record of 24-3 and has gone 12-2 in Big Ten play - was not ranked a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.

If the 2018 NCAA Tournament began today, the Kansas Jayhawks would be a No. 2 seed in the West region.

With Virginia now the No. 1 overall seed and in the South region, which will be played in Atlanta, Auburn would have to go to the next closest geographic region. The Cavaliers were selected as the tournament's top overall seed, playing in the South Region. 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).

Duke is now the No. 7 team in the nation in the eyes of the NCAA men's basketball selection committee, which revealed its top 16 teams up to this point in the season Sunday afternoon on CBS.

Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region).

Michigan State's strength of schedule this season, according to the NCAA's formula is now ranked No. 114, according to's Kyle Austin. They will likely fall out of the top 10 in the next AP poll for the first time of the season Monday, but are still in the mix in the only rankings that will matter in the middle of March.

The No. 4 seeds are: Tennessee (18-6), Ohio State (22-5), Arizona (20-6) and Oklahoma (16-8).

But in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Spartans still have work to do become a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in next month's tournament.



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