Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

UConn, Seeking 12th NCAA Title, Lands Top Overall Seed

UConn, Seeking 12th NCAA Title, Lands Top Overall Seed

UConn will have tough competition to fight through, as Baylor, Louisville, and Mississippi State - the team that knocked them off in the Final Four previous year - all look strong.

Despite playing the majority of the season with just seven scholarship athletes after injuries to four players, the Notre Dame women's basketball team earned a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time in school history. 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. Louisville has been to the final twice since 2009 and Notre Dame has been to the Women's Final Four five times in the last seven years. The national championship game is April 1.

One interesting part of the bracket is that UConn and last year's title victor, South Carolina, landed in the same regional and could face each other in a regional final in Albany, N.Y. Notre Dame is another team to look at, as they came within single digits to CT when the teams played earlier in the season.

The Irish will face CSU-Northridge out of the Big West Conference on Friday at 5 pm EST. Two of those losses came to the Cardinals. The Irish are a No. 1 seed for the seventh straight year.

"We're really excited about the opportunity", Louisville Coach Jeff Walz said. "The growth of our program at this time past year, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".

The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach. The Cardinals open against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field.

While Tennessee has been in the 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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