This is just the 2nd season the committee released their preliminary ranking for the Top 16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament.
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. Auburn was the highest ranked two seed while Clemson was the top No. 3 and Tennessee was the best four seed.
Check out a breakdown of the current regional matchups below.
But in the eyes of the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Spartans still have work to do become a No. 1 or a No. 2 seed in next month's tournament.
Much like the College Football Playoff's in-season rankings, the preliminary seeds are created to heighten fan interest and prepare the selection committee for March's task of bracketing the 68-team field, set to be revealed March 11.
The Blue Devils were widely thought to be a strong candidate for a No. 1 seed before last Saturday's stunning loss to St. John's, and the defeat against the Tar Heels Thursday night made matters worse. They were the East's No. 1 in 2014, the Midwest's No. 1 in 2016.
The Red Raiders were projected to be a part of the East region alongside first-seed Villanova, second-seed Duke and fourth-seed Ohio State. That's fewer than most other teams in the top 16. I certainly would have been excited, but again, it's always about quality of play.
The No. 3 seeds are: Clemson (20-4), Texas Tech (21-4), Michigan State (24-3) and North Carolina (19-7).