Schools Have Both Their Men's and Women's Teams in the NCAA Tournament

Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer and Notre Dame forward Martinas Geben battle for a ball during a game Saturday Jan. 6 2018 at the Carrier Dome

UConn Selected as No. 1 Seed in Albany Region

Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before losing to Mississippi State in the Final Four that ended their 111-game winning streak.

The U of L women will face Boise State (23-9) in the first round at noon Friday in the KFC Yum!

Mississippi State almost pulled off the Cinderella story past year after ending UConn's 111-game win streak to advance to the national championship game, before having the glass slipper swiped away by SC. Tech or Alabama will move on to Saturday's second round in Pittsburgh against the victor of No. 1 seed Villanova against No. 16 seed Long Island University Brooklyn or Radford.

The Albany region not only features top-seeded UConn, but some of the top prospects in the upcoming WNBA Draft (April 12, ESPN2). You have to beat some pretty good teams. "I told them one down, two to go to get to the Garden". The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six.

It also provides the other No. 1 seeds with one fewer foe to take on at the Final Four, as SC is easily the most unsafe of the No. 2 seeds.

"We're really excited about the opportunity", Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. "If we're fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans". No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast, 3:30 p.m., Saturday No. 4 Stanford vs. The Huskies are 95-10 all-time as a No. 1 seed.

UConn remains the only D1 school to produce the victor of the men's and women's tournaments in the same season. 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.

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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.

Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma were the final teams to get bids to the tournament.

Where a school is located played a role in where they were sent for their first games and that may have hurt some in the tournament. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the first four teams out.

"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett. And then you go, 'Huh, we were ready for this.' Or, 'We weren't.' ...

The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Monday night and it was full of both the expected and the shocking. "We're not going to take it for granted; we're just going to enjoy playing together".

Marquette is 1-2 as a No. 8 seed, last besting No. 9 Texas, 68-65, in the 2011 first round before narrowly falling to No. 1 Tennessee, 79-70, in the second round.

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