UConn is a potential opponent for Notre Dame in the Final Four, should the Irish advance. "The growth of our program at this time past year, we were hoping to have done enough to get in. We were a two seed in 2005 and we played and won the national championship'".
Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 29-3 record with losses to UConn on December 3rd and twice to Louisville on January 11th and then in the ACC Tournament Championship game on March 4th.
UConn finishes No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the fifth straight year.
No fewer than a dozen of the 68 teams in the tournament have been named either in the FBI investigation or in media reports that allege coaches and others have directed payments and improper benefits to recruits and players - thus, breaking rules that go to the core of the amateur-sports code that defines and regulates both the NCAA and the "student-athletes" who make this billion-dollar business run.
Louisville won the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time this season.
The night before the Cards February 12 game at UConn, a 69-58 loss, UofL head coach Jeff Walz had dinner at Geno Auriemma's house. The Lexington Regional is stacked with former NCAA Tournament winners with Baylor the two-seed, Tennessee the three and Stanford the four. "We're excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams".
While Tennessee has been in the tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances. Mississippi State was a two a year ago and they played for the national championship. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.
There were five teams trying to get into the bracket's top spots and in the end Baylor lost out.
"We spent nearly seven hours on that decision of who those last four teams in and first four out were", NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett said.