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UConn, Irish, Louisville, Miss St top seeds in women's NCAAs

UConn, Irish, Louisville, Miss St top seeds in women's NCAAs UConn, Irish, Louisville, Miss St top seeds in women's NCAAs
Kristopher Love | 13 March, 2018, 11:50

The Bulldogs lost the title game a year ago after snapping UConn's 111-game winning streak in the Final Four, and they followed up their 34-5 2016-17 campaign with an undefeated regular season.

The Associated Press reports the Bears, who lost just one game all season (31-1), instead get a No. 2 seed in Lexington, a region that includes top-seeded Louisville, Tennessee and Stanford. That game would take place on March 30th in Columbus, Ohio. 'Notre Dame did have the top strength of schedule in the country and they did have the best strength of schedule in the country and they had nine more top-50 wins than Baylor and those were the reason that the committee put Notre Dame on that one line and Baylor on that two line'. The schedule we play, I knew we'd get somebody two or three that we already played.

UConn is a potential opponent for Notre Dame in the Final Four, should the Irish advance. That streak was snapped when they were defeated by SC, but that doesn't make what Mississippi State's women have done this year any less remarkable-and the seed reflects that.

The Four #1 seeds are UConn (Albany Region), Louisville (Lexington Region), Mississippi State (Kanas City Region) and Notre Dame (Spokane Region).

The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach.

"We wouldn't be in that kind of position if we didn't have a great year and we hope to keep that going, " OR coach Kelly Graves said. The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six.

"The assistants will be scouting; they're going to be watching as much film as they can get their hands on", McGraw said. The Gamecocks are the 2-seed.

Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma were the final teams to get bids to the tournament. Obviously not, ” SC coach Dawn Staley said.

"Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said.

That means the second-best women's basketball team in CT will have to go through the best if they want to make another improbably run to the Sweet 16. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out. UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens against 16th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday morning.

Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record — the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005 — a day after the Oklahoma men got an at-large berth with an 18-13 record and losses in 11 of their final 15 games. If were fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans.”.

Where a school is located played a role in where they were sent for their first games and that may have hurt some in the tournament.