Clemson University men's basketball was projected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament as the Division I men's basketball committee revealed on CBS a sneak peek at its top 16 teams as of mid-February.
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. It placed the Spartans in the South Region as the field's No. 11 overall seed.
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2 in The AP Top 25, were slated as the South Region's top seed in rankings released by the NCAA on Sunday.
The Blue Devils were widely thought to be a strong candidate for a No. 1 seed before last Saturday's stunning loss to St. John's, and the defeat against the Tar Heels Thursday night made matters worse.
This is the second year the committee has done in-season seeds. Xavier was the third No. 1 seed (Midwest Region) and Purdue, which lost twice this week, was the fourth No. 1 seed (West Region).
The disparity between human polls and the selection committee comes down to strength of schedule. "You just embrace the challenge and you go at it a game at a time". Sure, it would have been great for everybody, but that's a small thing. The other three No. 3 seeds along with Michigan State are Clemson, Texas Tech and North Carolina.