2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection

2 seed in current NCAA Tournament field projection

"You just embrace the challenge and you go at it a game at a time".

Michigan State is ranked as the No. 11 overall seed, behind Clemson (No. 9) and Texas Tech (No. 10). The Cavaliers were selected as the tournament's top overall seed, playing in the South Region. Purdue was the top seed in the West, where the regional is held in Los Angeles.

"Despite UVA's loss Saturday, we felt that based on their 13 wins in the first two quadrants, they deserved to remain on top".

The Tigers are now projected as a number 3 seed in the Midwest Region.

Bernard Muir, director of athletics at Stanford; Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics at Kentucky; Tom Burnett, Southland Conference commissioner; Janet Cone, director of athletics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; Tom Holmoe, director of athletics at BYU; Jim Phillips, athletics director at Northwestern; Jim Schaus, director of athletics at Ohio University; Craig Thompson, Mountain West Conference commissioner and Kevin White, director of athletics at Duke.

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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 committee followed its seeding guidelines, which made for some juggling.

The Tigers were one of two SEC teams to earn a spot in the top 16: Tennessee was pegged as the No. 4 seed in the South region.

This is the second year the committee has done in-season seeds. "That's wonderful", Rasmussen said. "What I can say, without any doubt, is there are several very good teams, which could lead to a wide-open tournament". That's fewer than most other teams in the top 16. The NCAA Final Four will be played in San Antonio March 31 and April 2.

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