UConn women top overall seed in NCAA tourney

Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer and Notre Dame forward Martinas Geben battle for a ball during a game Saturday Jan. 6 2018 at the Carrier Dome

Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer and Notre Dame forward Martinas Geben battle for a ball during a game Saturday Jan. 6 2018 at the Carrier Dome

Because the one has to play the two.

UConn is in the same region as two-seed SC, which nearly faced UConn in the national championship past year, before UConn's stunning defeat to Mississippi State.

Two players in the top 30 of Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report's latest National Basketball Association draft big board will be taking part in the NIT this year. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed Oregon.

In 2014 UConn won both the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments when Shabazz Napier and Breanna Stewart led their respective Huskies squads through the March Madness gauntlet and cut down the nets in victory.

Most of UConn's prominent players lived through that loss and claim that, because of it, they have spent this season embracing all the fine details that - maybe, occasionally - they let slip through the course of previous year until they were ultimately caught off guard.

"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. In fact, if seeds hold, we could be looking at four incredible Elite Eight matchups. The Bulls face South Florida in the first round in Tallahassee.

Barring one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport, UConn will play the victor of that game Monday at Gampel. The schedule we play, I knew we'd get somebody two or three that we already played. "Who else is in, South Dakota State? Good luck with that".


Quinnipiac is seeded No. 9 in the same region and will open at Gampel against No. 8 Miami on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. "I would imagine Notre Dame had 34 games". The Cardinals will likely get Stanford or a potentially underrated Missouri team in the Sweet Sixteen.

Rutgers, which finished 20-12, was left off despite having beaten Minnesota head-to-head.

In selecting the last team to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA Selection Committee faced a complicated intertwining of three ACC teams.

UConn's remarkable streak of 10 consecutive Final Four appearances is at risk this season, since SC is one of the premier programs in the country and possesses a top player in forward A'ja Wilson. "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". Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before losing to Mississippi State in the Final Four that ended their 111-game winning streak.

Also, No. 4 seed Ohio State could be the strongest team out of the Big Ten this year, as Keita Bates Diop exploded onto the scene this season becoming a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award.

"Our fans will travel very well, because it's right up the road", said QU coach Tricia Fabbri. "I thought we were excited to play and got over not making the NCAA tournament". Still, the Norse are a solid team and winners of 22 games.

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