Senior Watch: 2018 NCAA Tournament Is Set

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In fact, if seeds hold, we could be looking at four incredible Elite Eight matchups.

Joining the Huskies as top seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. Mississippi State is atop the right half of this year's bracket as the No. 1 seed in Kansas City and a prohibitive favorite to reach the Final Four in Columbus. But given that Sherri Coale is more willing than most coaches to go to hard places, losing this season at South Dakota State, hopefully this bid at least sends a message about scheduling. All of the top four teams in each region host the opening two rounds at home. With the victory, one at-large team had to be eliminated and Notre Dame sat on pins and needles awaiting the decision. And if they survive that trip to Georgia, which includes a very hard first-round game against tournament-tested Belmont, they will end up in the same regional as UConn for the fourth time in coach Joanne P. McCallie's 11 seasons in Durham, North Carolina.

Easiest region: Spokane. Congratulations to Notre Dame for overcoming four knee injuries to earn a seventh straight No. 1 seed.

Northern Colorado: The strongest seed of any of the five teams making their NCAA tournament debuts, No. 10 Northern Colorado heads to Waco, Texas, with a legitimate chance to compete against No. 7 MI in the first round. Cardinal matchup as Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen (13.9 ppg, 9.8 rpg) would take on Stanford's Brittany McPhee (17.0 ppg). The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six. On the other end of the spectrum, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle are all making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

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The team enters the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 21 time in program history and the 12 consecutive season.

In a regular season matchup between UConn and SC in February, the UConn women defeated SC by 25 points. With most of their players back from last season's runner-up finish - including Morgan William, who hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off UConn - the Bulldogs hope to make another deep NCAA run.

Snubbed? Purdue, Rutgers, USC, West Virginia. "We took as long as it took to get those teams into the bracket".

The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Monday night and it was full of both the expected and the shocking. Those two teams will square-off against each other on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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