The NCAA Tournament doesn't begin for another month, but if the season ended today, Auburn (22-3, 10-2) would be the top 2 seed and playing in the Midwest region.
Villanova (23-2, 10-2 Big East), the No. 1 team in the AP poll the past five weeks, lost to St. John's this week.
The Boilermakers were a No. 1 seed in the current top 16 seeds revealed by the NCAA on Sunday afternoon. Duke was the second-best ACC team, listed at the No. 7 overall seed (No. 2 seed in East Region).
However, they did not significantly damage Purdue's NCAA Tournament resume in the eyes of the selection committee.
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With Virginia now the No. 1 overall seed and in the South region, which will be played in Atlanta, Auburn would have to go to the next closest geographic region. "So Auburn goes to Omaha (the Midwest region)".
Virginia leads the ACC race by two games in the loss column over Clemson (9-3) and resumes league competition Tuesday at Miami. The committee has Duke No. 7, which would give it a 2 seed, and North Carolina No. 12, which would be a three seed.
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.
The rankings could certainly change before the field of 68 is selected on March 11 with more than 1,000 games yet to be played.