December 18, 2018

March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

15 March 2018, 12:31 | Anna Jefferson

UConn Selected as No. 1 Seed in Albany Region

Jan 24 2018 Memphis TN USA Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma after the game against the Memphis Lady Tigers at Elma Roane Field House. the Connecticut Huskies beat the Memphis Lady Tigers 93-36. Mandatory Credit Justin Ford-USA TODAY Spor

UConn is back in a familiar place - the No. 1 overall seed in the women's basketball NCAA Tournament.

"We spent nearly seven hours on that decision of who those last four teams in and first four out were", NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett said.

That being said, let's go through how to get a flawless bracket in this year's tournament since I know exactly what I'm talking about and break the bracket down region by region. It's the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including previous 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 Sooners are the first team since 2005 to get an at-large with only 16 wins and they went just 1-8 against RPI top-50 teams.

Dawn Staley's team has been to two of the last three Final Fours, with a Sweet 16 exit in between the appearances in 2016.

The Four #1 seeds are UConn (Albany Region), Louisville (Lexington Region), Mississippi State (Kanas City Region) and Notre Dame (Spokane Region).

Marquette claimed a share of the BIG EAST regular season title for the first time in program history and reached the BIG EAST Tournament championship game for the second year in a row, where it fell to DePaul.

"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.

"If we are fortunate enough to go back to Spokane where I spent so many unbelievable years at Gonzaga, that would be incredible", he said.

The top seeds are no strangers to each other or the Final Four.

NCAA Tournament, first round, Arizona State vs. Syracuse, in Dayton, Ohio, TruTv, 8 p.m.

"You've heard me say can't overcomplicate it", Bennett said. "Who else is in, South Dakota State?". Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

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.

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

"We're really excited about the opportunity", Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.

Quinnipiac, (27-5) last year's Cinderella, is the No. 9 seed in the Albany Regional and will face No. 8 Miami on Saturday in a rematch of last year's second-round upset.

What's next? Round 1 starts Friday at just after noon Eastern, with Saturday games starting shortly after 11 a.m.

The victor likely gets UConn. "I think one thing that came out of previous year is that we know, and I think everyone else does, that we are beatable". Still, the Norse are a solid team and winners of 22 games.

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