UConn loses 1-seed in ladies’s basketball committee top-16 early reveal

Utah would be a part of South Carolina, Indiana and Stanford as No. 1 seeds within the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament if it started now.

The NCAA ladies’s basketball choice committee did its second and last reveal Thursday of the groups in line for the highest 16 seeds earlier than Selection Sunday. South Carolina, Indiana and Stanford had been additionally listed as prime seeds within the earlier reveal.

“That was the easiest part of the day. I am really looking forward to seeing those teams play towards the end of the season,” choice committee chair Lisa Peterson mentioned in a telephone interview. “Indiana and Iowa, Stanford and Utah play this weekend.”

None of Thursday evening’s video games had been factored in, together with No. 3 Stanford’s double-overtime win over No. 21 Colorado. This is the ultimate weekend of the common season for many main conferences.

The Utes — ranked eighth within the AP Top 25 — moved as much as the one-line, changing UConn, which was overwhelmed by St. John’s on Tuesday evening. Utah faces Stanford on Saturday to shut out its common season. The Huskies fell to a No. 2 seed, seventh general.

Peterson mentioned the most important debate was about who the fourth No. 1 ought to be — Utah or LSU.

“That was probably the biggest topic of conversation,” she mentioned. “You have more information when you’re looking at these teams. One thing that stuck out was the number of top 25 and 50 wins when you compare LSU to Utah. It was a difficult choice for sure. One thing we couldn’t get past was (LSU’s) strength of the schedule.”

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The prime 16 seeds will host first- and second-round video games with the regional rounds being performed at two impartial websites for the primary time as an alternative of the standard 4. Seattle will host half of the Sweet 16 and Greenville, South Carolina, will host the opposite eight groups.

South Carolina and Indiana had been projected as the highest seeds within the Greenville Regional with Stanford and Utah in Seattle. The unbeaten Gamecocks had been the general No. 1 seed.

Joining the Gamecocks of their projected bracket had been No. 2 Virginia Tech, No. 3 Iowa and No. 4 Michigan. The Hoosiers would have No. 2 UConn, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 Arizona.

The different prime groups in Stanford’s area had been No. 2 Maryland, No. 3 Duke and No. 4 Villanova. Utah could be joined by LSU, Ohio State and Texas.

Arizona was the one crew not included within the unique reveal that entered the second. The Wildcats changed North Carolina.

Teams simply exterior the highest 16 included the Tar Heels, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma and UCLA.

The Big Ten had 5 groups within the prime 16 whereas the Atlantic Coast Conference and Pac-12 every had three. The Southeastern Conference and Big East had two and the Big 12 had one.

The Final Four might be performed in Dallas on March 31 and the NCAA championship recreation is 2 days later. Dallas can be internet hosting the Division II and III championship video games on April 1.

Selection Sunday is March 12.

The NCAA has been doing in-season reveals for girls’s basketball since 2015 to present groups an early concept of the place they may find yourself within the bracket.

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Here is a have a look at how the areas are laid out as of Thursday:

Regional Assignments

Greenville Regional 1:

  1. South Carolina
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. Iowa
  4. Michigan

Greenville Regional 2:

  1. Indiana
  2. UConn
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Arizona

Seattle Regional 3:

  1. Stanford
  2. Maryland
  3. Duke
  4. Villanova

Seattle Regional 4:

  1. Utah
  2. LSU
  3. Ohio State
  4. Texas

Just missed:

North Carolina, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma, UCLA.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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