"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett.
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What the matchup between the Huskies and Gamecocks will do is put the women's game into the spotlight before the Final Four with a showdown that could rival any of the best men's tournament contests. The Gamecocks are the two-seed. 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.
That game would take place on March 30th in Columbus, Ohio. Florida State and Georgia are the other top seeds in the Huskies' part of the bracket.
Nevertheless, for the seventh consecutive season head coach Muffet McGraw's Fighting Irish earned a No. 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament on the strength of a 29-3 regular season record, a fifth-straight ACC regular season championship and the No. 1-rated strength of schedule, defeating nine ranked opponents along the way, second most in the country.
"Next time I see him", Brey told the Tribune of Johnson, "I'm punching him in the face."
UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis, Pa. on Saturday morning. If the Irish win, they will host either 8th seeded South Dakota St or 9th seeded Villanova in Sunday's 2nd round. Two of those losses came to Louisville.
At No. 3 is Ohio State - coached by former McGraw assistant Kevin McGuff, who lost in the Sweet 16 to the Irish a year ago - and the No. 4 seed is Texas A&M, which defeated Notre Dame in the 2011 national title game.
The quartet of top seeds all have a legitimate chance to win the event, but don't count out defending champion SC, who is a No. 2 seed in UConn's region.
The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach. 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. The Cardinals open up against Boise State. That streak was snapped when they were defeated by SC, but that doesn't make what Mississippi State's women have done this year any less remarkable-and the seed reflects that.
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 making their first appearance. The Cardinals will likely get Stanford or a potentially underrated Missouri team in the Sweet Sixteen. Purdue and West Virginia are the top seeds.