The women's NCAA tournament will undergo significant change for the second consecutive season. The field expanded to 68 teams last year. This season, the customary four regional sites have been reduced to two: Seattle and Greenville, South Carolina. The top 16 teams will continue to host the first and second rounds, and the First Four games will again be played at the site of the first-round games to which they feed. Defending champion South Carolina is the heavy favorite, and the Gamecocks seek to become the first repeat champions since UConn in 2015-16. The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
While South Carolina and Stanford look inevitable as No. 1 seeds, and UConn has defied all its injuries to solidify a spot on the top line, the fight for the final No. 1 will be a season-long affair. Indiana is the latest to stake a claim, pushing out Iowa State following the Cyclones' loss to North Carolina on Sunday. The Hoosiers have never been a No. 1 seed in Bracketology, let alone in the actual NCAA tournament field, so this is news. But their stay on the top line could be as short-lived as that of Tennessee, Iowa and Iowa State. Indiana faces the Tar Heels in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday, possibly without senior leader Grace Berger (knee). And if North Carolina wins that matchup, it could propel the Tar Heels to a No. 1 seed.
On the Bubble
- 8 Duke
Salt Lake City
- 6 Oklahoma
- 7 Baylor
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