Baylor women denied No. 1 seed despite having only one loss

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The No. 1 seeds were fairly obvious beforehand and the committee didn't surprise us: UConn is the top overall seed, while Mississippi State, Louisville, and Notre Dame all command their own regions.

The Gamecocks lost by 25 at home against UConn on February 1. The Albany regional will likely be the most stacked of the bunch, and the fact that either SC or UConn will be out heading into the Final Four is an interesting wrinkle-and allows for better odds that a new team might take home the title this year.

“Weve never been in the West bracket.

Apart from fellow 1s Louisville and Notre Dame, 2 seeds South Carolina, Texas, Oregon, and Baylor are all formidable opponents. The Southeastern Conference has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pac-12 and the Big Ten have six.

Louisville won the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time this season.

But the beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that once the games begin, the controversy is forgotten.

Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance.

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That principal also means the second best women's basketball team in CT will have to go through the best if they want to make another improbably run to the Sweet 16.

Other notable teams among the Field of 64 include first-timers Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle, as well as the only team to make every women's tournament in history - Tennessee.

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

Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record - the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005.

There were five teams trying to get into the bracket's top spots and in the end Baylor lost out.

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