Notre Dame women earn #1 seed for NCAA Tournament

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma gestures to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Florida in the American Athletic Conference tournament finals in Uncasville Conn. U

Notre Dame women earn #1 seed for NCAA Tournament

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. The No. 1 seeds were fairly obvious beforehand and the committee didn't surprise us: UConn is the top overall seed, while Mississippi State, Louisville, and Notre Dame all command their own regions.

The top seeds are no strangers to each other or the Final Four. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed Oregon.

UConn is a potential opponent for Notre Dame in the Final Four, should the Irish advance.

Albany could soon play host to a national championship-caliber women's college basketball game.

For those looking for a UConn-Mississippi State rematch, those two are on opposite sides of the bracket, so we could get just that in the national championship game. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region.

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

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.

The women's NCAA Tournament field of 64 teams has been revealed, meaning it's time to fill out those brackets. Meanwhile Rutgers was left out despite five wins against top-50 teams and two more against Purdue, ranked 62nd.

"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.

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