Notre Dame earns No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament

2018 NCAA Tournament bracket: UConn is the No. 1 overall seed, Oklahoma is in, and Rutgers is out

2018 NCAA Tournament bracket: UConn is the No. 1 overall seed, Oklahoma is in, and Rutgers is out

Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before losing to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

Louisville (32-2) open against 16-seed Boise State on Saturday morning in the Lexington Regional while Mississippi State (32-1) gets 16-seed Nicholls State on Saturday afternoon in the Kansas City Regional. The Women's Final Four games and the championship game will be played in Columbus, Ohio.

Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw yells to her players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 86-67. The schedule we play, I knew Wednesday get somebody two or three that we already played. Louisville has been to the final twice since 2009 and Notre Dame has been to the Women's Final Four five times in the last seven years. Mississippi State was a two previous year and they played for the national championship. Notre Dame has been a top seed the last seven years.

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

The Ducks (30-4) won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament title, led by sophomore sensation Sabrina Ionescu, who averages just over 19 points a game and already owns the NCAA record for triple-doubles in her career.

"We wouldn't be in that kind of position if we didn't have a great year and we hope to keep that going, " OR coach Kelly Graves said. If we're in the position where we have to play them, we're going to play them.

"I'm glad that they got rewarded and I think it should happen more often", he said. The defending champion Gamecocks are 26-6 this year and earned a No. 2 seed in the tournament.

Defending national champion SC and A'ja Wilson await as a possible Elite Eight matchup for UConn in the Albany Regional. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

That means the second-best women's basketball team in CT will have to go through the best if they want to make another improbably run to the Sweet 16. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the others on the list the NCAA released Sunday of the final eight under consideration. Obviously not, ” SC coach Dawn Staley said.

“Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket, ” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. The Albany regional will likely be the most stacked of the bunch, and the fact that either SC or UConn will be out heading into the Final Four is an interesting wrinkle-and allows for better odds that a new team might take home the title this year.

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

“Weve never been in the West bracket. "If we're fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans".

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