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.
Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State and North Carolina were the No. 3 seeds. Per TeamRankings, it has a 100 percent chance to make the NCAA Tournament; a 34.6 percent chance to earn a 2-seed (and 18.4 percent chance to earn a top seed); a 10.7 percent chance of making the Final Four and a 1.7 percent chance to win the national championship. Despite Michigan State's two top-five wins, it has only a 3-2 record in its "Quadrant 1" games, against top-30 teams at home, top-50 teams at neutral sites and top-75 teams on the road.
Texas Tech would be a third seed in the NCAA Tournament if it began today, according to a mock selection show put on Sunday by CBS.
This obviously doesn't mean that Auburn will still be a 2 seed in a month, but when the selection committee unveiled a top 16 a year ago, 15 of 16 teams were the same when the real bracket came out. Xavier was the third No. 1 seed (Midwest Region) and Purdue, which lost twice this week, was the fourth No. 1 seed (West Region).
Michigan State - which now holds an overall record of 24-3 and has gone 12-2 in Big Ten play - was not ranked a No. 1 or No. 2 seed.
Villanova was selected as the second No. 1 seed (East Region).
Midwest: 1. Xavier, 2. The 22-3 start by Auburn is the second-best start through 25 games in program history, only trailing the 1998-99 Tigers, who started 24-1.
Numerous top seeds have suffered recent losses, but those were balanced out by key wins early in the season.