Revealing the best teams of Louisville, SC, Stanford, NC State in the NCAA
Louisville joined South Carolina, Stanford and North Carolina State as the top seeds if the NCAA Women’s Tournament started now.
The NCAA Selection Committee made its second reveal of the teams vying for the top 16 seeds on Thursday, though none of Thursday night’s games were considered.
Tennessee was one of the top seeds when it was first revealed on Jan. 22, but the Lady Vols lost three of four games to drop to No. 3.
The top 16 seeds will once again host the first and second round matches, a year after the entire tournament was held in San Antonio due to COVID-19 issues. With the coronavirus still causing problems across the country, the NCAA expects to be able to play the tournament at its usual venues, including campus venues for the first weekend.
Bridgeport, Greensboro, Spokane and Wichita will host regionals and Minneapolis will have the Final Four on April 1-3.
The No. 1-ranked Gamecocks were still expected to be the first seed in the Greensboro area. They would be joined by Indiana, Baylor and Oregon. NC State would be the best team in the Bridgeport area and would have Michigan, UConn and Texas with them. The Huskies were projected in the original reveal to move west to Spokane.
“It worked like that. We didn’t say, “Let’s put UConn in Bridgeport,” said NCAA Selection Committee Chair Nina King.
Stanford is still No. 1 in this region and would be joined by Iowa State, Tennessee and Notre Dame. Louisville is the top seed in Wichita along with Arizona, Oklahoma and LSU.
“The first two lines were pretty much all set,” King said. “There was a lot more talk about 3s and 4s”
Oklahoma and Notre Dame entered the top 16 this time, while Georgia and Kansas State faced off.
“Oklahoma is playing well and the teams they beat are really good,” King said. “No doubt we talked about them a lot in the last reveal, they were just outside.”
King said the next teams in discussion for the top 16 include Georgia Tech, Maryland and Georgia.
The NCAA will make another reveal on February 28 before the actual seeds are announced during the selection on Sunday March 13. NCAA vice president for women’s basketball Lynn Holzman told the AP the plan is to move the draft show to Monday next year.
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