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Arizona projected as No. 4 seed by NCAA selection committee

The Wildcats are ranked 15th in the Selection Committee Top 16

Arizona State v Arizona Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images

With the NCAA Tournament quickly approaching, the selection committee revealed its top 16 seeds on Sunday.

The Arizona Wildcats are one of them. Barely.

Arizona checks in as a No. 4 seed in the West, and the No. 15 seed overall. Here is the full breakdown:


No. 1 Purdue Boilermakers (4)

No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks (6)

No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels (12)

No. 4 Arizona Wildcats (15)


No. 1 Xavier Musketeers (3)

No. 2 Auburn Tigers (5)

No. 3 Clemson Tigers (9)

No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners (16)


No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers (1)

No. 2 Cincinnati Bearcats (8)

No. 3 Michigan State Spartans (11)

No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers (13)


No. 1 Villanova Wildcats (2)

No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (7)

No. 3 Texas Tech Red Raiders (10)

No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (14)

A 4-seed in the West means Arizona would begin NCAA Tournament play in San Diego, then head to Los Angeles if it survives the first two rounds.

Then Arizona would head to San Antonio if it were to win two more games — a favorable travel schedule.

Arizona is currently 20-6 overall and 10-3 in the Pac-12 with a two-game lead on USC and UCLA atop the conference standings.

The Wildcats have three straight road games, starting with Thursday’s rivalry game at ASU.

Arizona will win the Pac-12 barring a major collapse, but its seeding in the NCAA Tournament can still shift drastically in the next month or so. So while these projections are fun to look at, they don’t mean a whole lot right now.

Follow Ryan Kelapire on Twitter at @RKelapire