On Sunday, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee revealed the top 16 teams in the field as of this moment in the season. The Cavaliers, Tar Heels and Tigers are the only other teams in the Blue Devils' general geographic region in the committee's top 16, and the results of the next month will decide which two teams get to stay close to home and play the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament in Charlotte.
Auburn, Kansas, Duke and Cincinnati were the No. 2 seeds.
Villanova, the No. 2 overall seed, tops the East Region in Boston with Duke, Texas Tech and Ohio State.
The No. 4 seeds are: Tennessee (18-6), Ohio State (22-5), Arizona (20-6) and Oklahoma (16-8).
"Virginia's a dominant defensive team, but they're much better offensively than they've been", committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said during the selection show. Auburn was placed in the Midwest region (Omaha, Neb.) with Xavier.
The committee is no longer using RPI top 50, top 100, top 200, and 201 and above as five dividing categories.
With just four weeks left until the entire NCAA Tournament bracket is posted, Auburn is still now among a group of contenders for a No. 1 seed.
Virginia leads the ACC race by two games in the loss column over Clemson (9-3) and resumes league competition Tuesday at Miami. The Boilermakers were given the West's No. 1 seed. However, this year the Team Sheets changed, and though teams are, obviously, still rewarded for wins like Virginia Tech's on Saturday, the weight of wins and losses is different.
The Jayhawks are 19-6 overall and 8-4 in Big 12 play.