Michigan State a No. 3 seed in midseason NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

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The Kansas Jayhawks have been projected to receive a No. 2 seed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. It placed the Spartans in the South Region as the field's No. 11 overall seed. Despite Michigan State's two top-five wins, it has only a 3-2 record in its "Quadrant 1" games, against top-30 teams at home, top-50 teams at neutral sites and top-75 teams on the road.

"Virginia's had an unbelievable year ... and they're an wonderful 10-1 (away from home)", committee chairman and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said on CBS. "They've had a great strength of schedule". That ranking would make Duke a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Villanova, Xavier and Purdue earned the other No. 1 seeds.

Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2.

The No. 2 seeds are: Auburn (22-3), Kansas (19-6), Duke (19-5) and Cincinnati (22-2).

The East bracket feeds into regional semifinal and regional championship games at the TD Garden in Boston. It will likely be ranked in the top three of the Associated Press poll on Monday. Last season, 15 of the preliminary top 16 remained in that group for the bracket a month later. I certainly would have been excited, but again, it's always about quality of play.

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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