The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament is just about here, with the first round of games beginning on Friday. As we’ve been saying for the last few years, UConn is the team to beat. The Huskies were given the No. 1 overall seed on Monday evening in the Bridgeport region of the bracket.
The other No. 1 seeds that make up the other three regions include South Carolina, Baylor, and Notre Dame. Impressively, UConn has beaten all three of these teams this season.
Geno Auriemma’s team enters the tournament with an unblemished 32-0 record. The Huskies’ win over the Gamecocks gave UConn its 100th straight victory. Last season, UConn made history by winning their fourth straight NCAA championship. A five-peat, given how this team has been playing all season, doesn’t look out of reach.
No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Albany
No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Iowa State
No. 5 Texas AM vs. No. 12 Pennsylvania
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Boise State
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Elon
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 Bucknell
No. 7 Temple vs. No. 10 Oregon
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Hampton
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 UNC Asheville
No. 8 Arizona State vs. No. 9 Michigan State
No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Quinnipiac
No. 4 Miami vs. No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast
No. 6 Missouri vs. No. 11 South Florida
No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 Western Illinois
No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Toledo
No. 2 Oregon State vs. No. 15 Long Beach State
Oklahoma City Region
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Texas Southern
No. 8 LSU vs. No. 9 Cal
No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Dayton
No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Chattanooga
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Gonzaga
No. 3 Washington vs. No. 14 Montana State
No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 10 Northern Illinois
No. 2 Mississippi State vs. No. 15 Troy
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Robert Morris
No. 8 Green Bay vs. No. 9 Purdue
No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 12 Western Kentucky
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 6 N.C. State vs. No. 11 Auburn
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 14 Central Arkansas
No. 7 Kansas State vs. No. 10 Drake
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15 New Mexico State
The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship is a 64-team, single-elimination tournament that is similar to the men’s NCAA Tournament, but there are some key differences. The biggest one is that the women’s tournament plays its first two rounds at campus sites, with teams seeded No. 4 or higher hosting subregional pods.
From there, teams move on to regionals that are named after their cities, not regions. The cities chosen are often significantly smaller and closer to epicenters of women’s basketball fans than ones used for the men’s NCAA Tournament. This year’s Final Four will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. The national semifinal games are set for Friday, March 31, with the national championship to be decided April 2.