Duke, not Vols, top overall seed in initial NCAA rankings

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On CBS's NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview, the committee revealed that Kentucky was the highest two-seed and would be in the Midwest Bracket, where Virginia holds the one-seed now. In this setup, the Blue Devils would be bound for the East Regional Washington, D.C. with the Volunteers going to Louisville, Kent., for the South Regional, the Cavaliers traveling out to Kansas City in the Midwest and the Bulldogs staying out west in Anaheim, Calif. And while I have been releasing my projected NCAA Tournament fields for the past month, this event really kicks off the start of bracketology season in college sports.

For the third straight year, the NCAA Tournament selection committee unveiled its top 16 seeds, this time roughly five weeks before Selection Sunday on March 17. The committee already gave their rankings through the seeding reveal based on the eye test and resume to date but this piece will go through each team with my opinion on them as potential title contenders. The Zags ended up losing their regular-season finale to BYU, won the WCC Tournament and were seeded No. 1 entering the tournament. Virginia and Gonzaga are the other No. 1 seeds. The first: Tennessee, the second overall team in the NCAA selection committee's estimation, was slotted for the South.

The other projected two seeds are Kentucky and MI. The top No. 4 seed is Iowa State, which is slotted in the East with Duke, Michigan and Marquette.

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