Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

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

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

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.

Louisville (32-2) open against 16-seed Boise State on Saturday morning in the Lexington Regional while Mississippi State (32-1) gets 16-seed Nicholls State on Saturday afternoon in the Kansas City Regional. No. 3-seed Ohio State is led by senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, who has been a constant near the top of NCAA scoring lists in her four years in Columbus and looks to climb further up the career points leaderboard while helping the Buckeyes (26-6, 13-3 Big Ten), who will hope to return home for the Final Four, to the NCAA's fifth highest-scoring offense.

Though McGraw may not be looking at the later rounds yet, if the Irish do win their two games at home, they will travel West, where No. 4-seed Texas A&M and No. 5-seed DePaul are among the possible Sweet 16 opponents in Spokane. "We were a two seed in 2005 and we played and won the national championship". This might be one of coach Muffet McGraws finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season.

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Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional. Notre Dame has been a top seed the past seven years.

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

"If we are fortunate enough to go back to Spokane where I spent so many fantastic years at Gonzaga, that would be incredible", he said. Yeah, go ahead and play them and tell me they are a mid-major team.

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

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. "We're going to give it our best shot and let the chips fall where they may". Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out. Obviously not, ” SC coach Dawn Staley said.

"Geography is one of our principals when it comes to placing teams in the bracket", Bennett said. 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.

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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. "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". "The growth of our program at this time a year ago, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".

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