UConn Is First Overall Seed In NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament

Ruben Hill
March 13, 2018

The Albany regional will likely be the most stacked of the bunch, and the fact that either SC or UConn will be out heading into the Final Four is an interesting wrinkle-and allows for better odds that a new team might take home the title this year.

Games tip off at noon on Friday.

If the Irish win, they will host either 8th seeded South Dakota St or 9th seeded Villanova in Sunday's 2nd round. Two of those losses came to the Cardinals. I love playing Friday at 5. McGraw said her team would start preparing for the Matadors right away.

If Notre Dame wins its first two games, they will head west. Second-seeded OR, playing much closer to home than any of the other top-four seeds, is led by the pick-and-roll duo of sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu, who already holds the career mark for triple-doubles, and sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard, whose 32 consecutive shots made late in the regular season was an NCAA record and helped her to the second-highest field goal percentage in the nation this season. Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA and Ohio State round out the first 10 teams.

Mississippi State has been one of the top stories in the sport this season, as it won its first 32 games before falling to SC in the SEC tournament final. The Cardinals open up against Boise State.

CONFERENCE SUPREMECY: The Southeastern Conference reigned with seven teams in the final poll, led by Mississippi State. "We're excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams".

The Lexington Regional is stacked with former N.C.A.A. tournament winners: Baylor is the No. 2 seed, Tennessee No. 3 and Stanford No. 4.

While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will making their first appearance.

Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game.

For the Final Four, the Irish find themselves on the same side of the bracket as rival CT for the first time since 2013, when the Huskies defeated the Irish after the Irish had posted a 3-0 record over the Huskies in Big East play. Thirty-two teams will get automatic bids for winning their conference tournament, and 32 others will receive at-large bids. "We went through those resumes and their body of work".

Half of the triumphs over ranked opposition came against teams that were ranked in the top five at the time of the contest.

Bennett said Oklahoma's strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.

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