Published: Thu, March 15, 2018

UConn is top seed in women's tourney

UConn is top seed in women's tourney

This time it's over the women's field, which was released Monday. "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". "Going into this tournament, anything can happen".

As always, the tournament is single elimination, so anything is possible.

This group is arguably the most hard of the four in the tournament.

Instead, the Gamecocks were sent to Albany as a No. 2 seed and most likely would face the unbeaten Huskies should they reach the regional final. Mitchell ranks 3rd in the NCAA in scoring this season (24.5 ppg) and third all-time with 3,363 career points entering the tournament. With potential No. 1 pick DeAndre Ayton leading the charge, Arizona takes the South region. But Michael Porter, Jr., the projected No.1 overall pick in the NBA Draft just a year ago, will play for Missouri in the tournament after missing almost the entire year to a back injury.

Dayton and Buffalo both made the tournament as at-large teams from mid-major conferences.

Marquette is 1-2 as a No. 8 seed, last besting No. 9 Texas, 68-65, in the 2011 first round before narrowly falling to No. 1 Tennessee, 79-70, in the second round. No. 11 Central Michigan, 11 a.m., Saturday No. 3 Ohio State vs. The Cardinals have proved to be a bit of an enigma for Notre Dame this season, while the 9-point loss to the UConn women shows that the Irish are capable of competing with the consensus best team in the land.

"Who did you play?"

Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional.

Toughest region: It's actually a tough call. Or as a Badger fan, maybe it isn't. It gets better because the two seed is the SC women.

In the 36-year history of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, 15 schools have captured the national title. "They have handled everything this year like men".

Notre Dame (29-3) gets the top seed in Spokane, but would have to play what amounts to a road game in the regional final if No. 2 seeded OR makes it that far.

Though not a conventional favorite to take home the hardware, Arizona's DeAndre Ayton and veteran shooter Allonzo Trier will bring home Arizona's second National Championship this April.

UConn owns the sport's all-time winningest record in NCAA Tournament play at 113-18 (.863). 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 be making their first appearances.

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