AUBURN, Ala. -- The NCAA Tournament doesn't begin for another month, but if the season ended today, Auburn (22-3, 10-2) would be the top 2 seed and playing in the Midwest region.
The NCAA selection committee revealed the top 16 teams Sunday and where they would be seeded if the tournament were to begin this week. The Tigers, who extended their SEC lead to two games with a win at Georgia on Saturday, are sitting pretty as the fifth overall seed thanks to a nearly flawless non-conference schedule and seven true road wins, including five in league play.
There's still plenty of season remaining, however, and with home games against Kentucky and Alabama followed by road trips to Florida and Arkansas, the road ahead won't get any easier for this Auburn team. But as it stands, the Tigers are on pace to make the Big Dance for the first time since 2003 when they were a 7 seed and reached the Sweet 16.
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. Only Virginia dropped out of the top 16.
Next up for the Tigers is a home matchup with Kentucky on Wednesday at 8 p.m. (ESPN2).