UConn, Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State top seeds in women's NCAA Tournament

Mike Hopkins hoped a win Saturday would bolster his team’s chances of getting into the NCAA Tournament. The University of Oregon played Washington in the regular season finale Saturday

The victor of the Wagner-Baylor game advances to face the victor of the matchup between No. 4 Mississippi State- No. 5 Nebraska.

That thinking has been costly for Nebraska, as many bracketologists quickly dismiss its 13-5 league record by saying it came against a sub-par conference.

Nebraska (22-10) at Mississippi State (22-11), 6 p.m.

The NIT is a single-elimination tournament that awards automatic bids to regular-season conference champions that didn't advance to the NCAA tournament.

Baylor basketball was snubbed of an NCAA Tournament bid on Sunday, but the Bears' season isn't over.

Huskers head coach Tim Miles is not happy about this.

This is the first time in six seasons the Ducks have missed the NCAA men's tourney. For now, the Huskies (20-12) are turning their attention to The NIT.

Boise State didn't play a tough nonconference schedule, but there are some intriguing marks on the Broncos' record.

The two teams haven't met since December 23, 1999, when Washington picked up a 72-57 victory in Seattle.

Senior guard Chandler Hutchison is the workhorse for Boise State. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out. He's also an excellent defender, averaging 1.4 steals patrolling the perimeter.

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That season, the Pac-12 was ranked as the 10th best conference in the country by RPI.

Mississippi State is 22-10 and finished tied for seventh in the Southeastern Conference.

Since the school had already filed its acceptance paperwork with the NIT, interim Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said Monday afternoon he had to explain to the players that they couldn't withdraw from the tournament.

Nebraska's point guard on that 2013 squad was All-American and WNBA first-round draft pick Lindsey Moore, who also led the Huskers to their first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen as a freshman in 2010.

The Big Ten got four teams into the tournament: No. 2 seed Purdue, No. 3 seeds Michigan and Michigan State, and No. 5 seed Ohio State.

It is not the coveted NCAA Tournament, but the U of L will host Northern Kentucky on Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament. Heading into Sunday, only nine of the 114 brackets that comprise the BracketMatrix projections put the Golden Eagles in the tournament.

If Washington survives Boise State at home, it will likely move on to face top-seeded St. Mary's in the second round.

The first three rounds of the NIT are played on the higher seeds' home courts, leading up to the semifinals and finals at Madison Square Garden in NY.

Baylor will take on No. 8-seeded Wagner at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferrell Center and will have the chance to play two more games in Waco if it wins.

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