NCAA Women’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament Preview
As the Women’s NCAA tournament seeds came out, it was no surprise to anyone with who
received the number one overall seed. The University of Connecticut (UConn) earned the top ranking, as they are trying to capture their fourth straight national title. These UConn women are undefeated with a 32-0 record. They have won 69 games in a row, which is the third longest streak in team and NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball history.
Given that the UConn women received the number one seed, the other teams that received one seeds in their respected sides of the bracket are by no means pushovers. South Carolina received a number one seed with a record of 31-1 on the year. Then you have Notre Dame who was the runner-up to UConn last year. They picked up a number one seed again this season with a record of 31-1. Lastly you have Baylor who is no stranger to the Final Four, receiving the last number one see with a record of 33-1.
This will make for a very interesting tournament for a couple reasons. First of all, UConn is playing for a chance to make history by winning their fourth straight national championship. Secondly, Notre Dame played UConn in the championship last year and lost, so there will definitely be redemption being sought out on Notre Dame’s sight. Also revenge looms in the air for another top seed. South Carolina has one loss on the year, and it was to UConn in a game that they played close, before losing by 12. Notre Dame also played UConn in the regular season and lost a close high scoring game 91-81. Teams have come close to beating UConn but it just hasn’t happened yet. It will make for a very interesting March Madness.
Other history that is being made this season is by Tennessee. They will be continuing their streak of 35 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships since the inaugural NCAA championship in 1982. Along with Tennessee being in 35, we have history being made with the schools of Buffalo, Central Arkansas, Duquesne, Jacksonville and Iona all making their first ever appearance in this 64 team tournament.
This tournament will be tipping off at 16 different home sites on Friday, March 18 through Monday, March 21. Then the 16 second-round winners will be moving on to one of the four regional sites. These sights include; (Lexington, Kentucky) (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) (Bridgeport, Connecticut)(Dallas, Texas). Then each winner from those cities will play in the Final Four at Bankers Life Field house in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Let the Madness begin!