UConn is a potential opponent for Notre Dame in the Final Four, should the Irish advance.
Baylor, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame followed UConn in the poll. "The growth of our program at this time previous year, we were hoping to have done enough to get in".
The Tennessee Volunteers will open the tournament Thursday, March 15, 2018 when they play Wright State. That seeding doesn't come as much of a surprise-at 32-2, Louisville, the No. 1 seed in the Bears' regional, deserves the credit and respect it was given-but Baylor looks like a plenty strong candidate to come out of the Lexington regional, and its road to the Elite Eight actually looks a bit easier than Louisville's. Last year Mississippi State stunned UConn in the national semifinals, ending the Huskies' 111-game win streak and streak of four straight NCAA titles.
The Huskies enter as the lone unbeaten team and will be vying for their 12th national championship.
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The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach.
The Associated Press reports the Bears, who lost just one game all season (31-1), instead get a No. 2 seed in Lexington, a region that includes top-seeded Louisville, Tennessee and Stanford. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region.
The night before the Cards February 12 game at UConn, a 69-58 loss, UofL head coach Jeff Walz had dinner at Geno Auriemma's house. The Cardinals open up against Boise State. "We're excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams". Mississippi State was a two past year and they played for the national championship.
While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will making their first appearance. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game. "We went through those résumés and their body of work". "We're happy to have had some rest, but we have to get back into things again really quickly".