Notre Dame Women's Basketball: Irish Get 1-Seed in NCAA Tourney

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

The slots in the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket have been filled and CT is the first overall seed.

The Huskies (32-0) enter the NCAA Tournament as the lone unbeaten team and went wire-to-wire as the unanimous top team.

"'We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame, ' said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett". "Notre Dame did have the top strength of schedule in the country and they did have the best strength of schedule in the country and they had nine more top-50 wins than Baylor and those were the reason that the committee put Notre Dame on that one line and Baylor on that two line". "We were a two seed in 2005 and we played and won the national championship". 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.

The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzagas coach.

The Lexington Regional is stacked with former NCAA Tournament winners with Baylor the two-seed, Tennessee the three and Stanford the four. Yeah, go ahead and play them and tell me they are a mid-major team.

But the beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that once the games begin, the controversy is forgotten. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

More news: Ohio State vs South Dakota State odds and point spread

Geno Smith has shot down any potential rumors about him one day coaching the UConn men's basketball team. Obviously not, ” SC coach Dawn Staley said.

"Geography is one of our principals when it comes to placing teams in the bracket", said Bennett. “We saw that previous year.

If Notre Dame wins its first two games, they will head west.

Irish faithful know - without a doubt - that head coach and USA Today Coach of the Year Muffet McGraw will have the girls read yot make a run at the title.

UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) on Saturday morning.

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