Seeding is believing: Unbeaten Houston slides into the mix

Seeding is believing: Unbeaten Houston slides into the mix

Each week until Selection Sunday on March 17, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will project his top four seeds for each region of the NCAA tournament. This week? Unbeaten Houston is definitely in the mix:

Midwest

1. Michigan

2. Kansas

3. Florida State

4. North Carolina

The Seminoles didn't exactly start ACC play on a high note, losing by 13 at Virginia, but one loss does not a conference season make. That Florida State has played as well as it has this season with Phil Cofer (above) just now returning from a foot injury and still not himself is a credit to the rest of the team.

West

1. Tennessee

2. Virginia Tech

3. Texas Tech

4. Houston

Houston and Galen Robinson Jr. (above, left) has three top-50 wins and four more in the top 100. It's a résumé worthy of inclusion among the top seeds and built with one of the top defenses in the country. The strides the Cougars have made at that end of the court have fueled their emergence the last two years.

South

1. Virginia

2. Gonzaga

3. Auburn

4. Nevada

It might turn out to be nothing more than a fluke, but Braxton Key (above) and his 20-point performance in Virginia's win against Florida State might also be an indicator the Cavaliers truly have another weapon. After all, Key did earn All-SEC freshman honors in 2016-17 at Alabama after averaging 12 points and 5.7 rebounds.

East

1. Duke

2. Michigan State

3. Mississippi State

4. Iowa State

Defending Spartans' big man Nick Ward (above, left) this season hasn't been particularly easy — not when he's shooting better than 65 percent from the field as an occasional volume scorer. So teams foul him. Ward leads the country in fouls drawn per 40 minutes, and it's not a surprise Ohio State's Kaleb Wesson ranks second.

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