Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Seed in Albany Region

Seed in Albany Region

Most of UConn's prominent players lived through that loss and claim that, because of it, they have spent this season embracing all the fine details that - maybe, occasionally - they let slip through the course of past year until they were ultimately caught off guard. Meanwhile Rutgers was left out despite five wins against top-50 teams and two more against Purdue, ranked 62nd. SC has won the SEC's automatic bid each of those years.

"We've won a national championship as a two seed, we've won it as a one seed", she said. The No. 2 seed in the regional is SC, last year's national champion. I told them, 'One down, two to go to get to the Garden'.

Two big runs by Notre Dame sealed the fate of the Hampton Pirates on Tuesday night as they fell to the Fighting Irish 84-63 inside Purcell Pavilion in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament. UConn defeated Louisville and Notre Dame in the regular season and lost to Mississippi State last season in the Final Four.

The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where Coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's head coach. Maybe even more than we wished for. The micro blame is with the committee, but the macro blame is with mid-major conferences that tie their automatic bids to conference tournaments.

Buffalo (27-5) is an 11-seed after losing to Central Michigan in the MAC championship. Granted, there weren't good geographic options this year, and SC did use a regional in Greensboro, North Carolina, as a springboard to its first Final Four when A'ja Wilson was a freshman.

"I'm so proud of this group and what they have accomplished. Good luck with that". Penn State could have been a tournament team, they beat a lot of good teams in [the Big Ten].

South Dakota: This wasn't a surprise, because the Coyotes weren't listed among the NCAA's final eight teams in contention ahead of the bracket. But of course both teams will have to navigate a tough road to get there.

UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) on Saturday morning.

Albany is slated to host regional semifinals and finals the weekend of March 24-26, and if the seeds hold, UConn would meet SC for a spot in the Final Four. "We're not going to take it for granted; we're just going to enjoy playing together". "We seed the teams and then we place them in the bracket using that "S" curve and geography is one of the things that we consider and one of our principals". The Cardinals have proved to be a bit of an enigma for Notre Dame this season, while the 9-point loss to the UConn women shows that the Irish are capable of competing with the consensus best team in the land.

The victor likely gets UConn. The Flyers are appearing in their eighth NCAA Tournament in the last nine years. Still, the Norse are a solid team and winners of 22 games.

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