Seeding is Believing, March 9, 2018

Seeding is Believing, March 9, 2018

One final time a day before Selection Sunday, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY projects his top four seeds for each region in the NCAA tournament. This week? Throw out RPI for a real metric, apply a similar "quadrant" system and you'll get these top seeds.

SOUTH

1. Virginia

2. Michigan State

3. West Virginia

4. Auburn

The real question is what will the Cavaliers do with their No. 1 seed? Defense and guard play usually bodes well in the NCAA tournament, but Virginia — which seems to always have that — has just one Elite Eight appearance in the last decade.

EAST

1. Villanova

2. Purdue

3. Tennessee

4. Clemson

Tennessee has made just a single Elite Eight in program history. No Final Fours. No title game appearances. The Volunteers have an Elite Eight-caliber team this season after putting together their best season since Bruce Pearl's 31-win team in 2007-08.

WEST

1. Kansas

2. Duke

3. Michigan

4. Florida

How does the Big Ten tournament champion find itself a seed line below the two teams it beat in New York City? Road losses to Northwestern and Nebraska, a neutral-court defeat to LSU and a win against Chaminade that means literally nothing.

MIDWEST

1. Xavier

2. North Carolina

3. Texas Tech

4. Ohio State

The Musketeers have won nine games decided by five points or fewer this season, so a little luck has swung the way of the Big East regular-season champions. Of course, having an All-American caliber guard in Trevon Bluiett hasn't hurt.