NCAA women's hoops tournament: UConn could play in Albany


NEW YORK (AP) - UConn is back in a familiar place - the No. 1 overall seed in the women's basketball NCAA Tournament. After blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to CT (32-0, 16-0 AAC) and losing 100-69 to Louisville, Notre Dame's chances of a top seed looked slim.

The NCAA released its brackets for the upcoming women's basketball tournament Monday night, including the Albany Regional. Second-seeded OR, playing much closer to home than any of the other top-four seeds, is led by the pick-and-roll duo of sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu, who already holds the career mark for triple-doubles, and sophomore forward Ruthy Hebard, whose 32 consecutive shots made late in the regular season was an NCAA record and helped her to the second-highest field goal percentage in the nation this season. Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before losing to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

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

This is March, so it's finally time to reveal the 2018 NCAA women's bracket. "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".

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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. 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.

There was an outside chance the Notre Dame was not going to get a 1-seed.

The Irish are in the Spokane Regional and open up against Cal State Northridge on Friday. OR is the 2-seed in Notre Dame's region, Ohio St is the 3-seed, Texas A&M the 4-seed and DePaul the 5-seed.

The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzagas coach. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region. The Cardinals open against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field.

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

Mississippi State is a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out. “We went through those resumes and their body of work.

There were five teams trying to get into the bracket's top spots and in the end Baylor lost out.

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