For the second straight year, and a month before Selection Sunday, the NCAA Tournament committee announced the top 16 teams in the bracket as of the past weekend.
The official Selection Sunday is March 11. This has caused several shifts on the bubble and in the middle of the seed lines.
Auburn continues to be the pride of SEC hoops this season, earning a look as the projected No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. The Bulls, who are 10-1 at home, have only played one home game since Jan. 23. On Monday, Lunardi released a new projection for the 2018 men's field.
Right now, the top four seeds according to the committee are: Virginia, Purdue, Villanova and Xavier.
Tennessee split a pair of tough road tests last week against Kentucky and Alabama, but the 78-50 loss to Alabama hurt the Vols in the.
Mississippi State finds itself on the other side of the tournament bubble at this point, landing on Lunardi's "next four out" list.