March 18, 2018

Women's NCAA tournament bracket released

15 March 2018, 12:32 | Sandy Nunez

UConn women top overall seed in NCAA tourney

UConn Selected as No. 1 Seed in Albany Region

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. If we're in the position where we have to play them, we're going to play them.

Notre Dame is the fourth 1-seed in the eyes of the selection committee, and the Fighting Irish will begin play on March 16 with Big West tournament champion CSUN being the opposition.

UConn remains the only D1 school to produce the victor of the men's and women's tournaments in the same season.

OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012.

The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach. The Bears scored eight straight late in the second quarter and trailed by 12 at the half but a 13-3 Irish run in the third quarter decided the game.

NCAA Tournament, first round, Arizona State vs. Syracuse, in Dayton, Ohio, TruTv, 8 p.m. The Bulls face South Florida in the first round in Tallahassee.

For those looking for a UConn-Mississippi State rematch, those two are on opposite sides of the bracket, so we could get just that in the national championship game.

"I wouldn't say we look at it like our season is just now starting", Williams said.

UConn Selected as No. 1 Seed in Albany Region

Mississippi State received a favorable draw, but it could face a tricky matchup in the Elite 8 against No. 2 Texas, who pushed UConn for the majority of four quarters in a four-point loss January 15.

Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma were the final teams to get bids to the tournament.

The top seeds are no strangers to each other or the Final Four. At 16-14, Oklahoma has worst record of any at-large team since Monmouth inexplicably made it in 1983, the second-ever NCAA tourney.

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.

Albany is slated to host regional semifinals and finals the weekend of March 24-26, and if the seeds hold, UConn would meet SC for a spot in the Final Four.

"Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. "We seed the teams and then we place them in the bracket using that "S" curve and geography is one of the things that we consider and one of our principals". It's the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including past year when the Huskies went in as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

The victor likely gets UConn. "We saw that previous year". Still, the Norse are a solid team and winners of 22 games.

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