No surprise: UConn No. 1 seed

Geno Auriemma

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.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said she doesn't see it as that big a deal. Notre Dame could not face Louisville unless both advanced to the national championship game, which would be April 1st, also in Columbus.

Notre Dame (29-3) gets the top seed in Spokane, but would have to play what amounts to a road game in the regional final if No. 2 seeded OR makes it that far. “There are great matchups in every bracket and it doesnt really matter at this stage where youre placed, what region, youre going to have to beat some really good teams. Mississippi State was a two a year ago and they played for the national championship. In last year's championship game, she was the star who scored 23 points on 15 shots, and grabbed 10 boards. Obviously not, ” SC coach Dawn Staley said.

While the men's team has uncertainty surrounding its head coach for the long term, the UConn women's team has no such problems. “We saw that a year ago.

OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012.

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The Lexington Regional is stacked with former NCAA Tournament winners with Baylor the two-seed, Tennessee the three and Stanford the four.

The first round of the women's tournament begins on Saturday.

Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma were the final teams to get bids to the tournament.

The Irish are the #1 seed in the Spokane region and will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 5pm at Purcell Pavilion against 16th seeded Big West Conference champion, Cal St Northridge.

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.

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