It’s déjà vu for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Exactly like last year, Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford were seeded No. 1, when the women’s bracket was announced Monday night.
“Unlike the men’s side, where it was a topsy-turvy season with major upsets seemingly every week, women’s basketball hasn’t seen the same parity. The top six teams in the final Associated Press poll only had two losses outside of each other, the fewest by far since writers began voting for the AP’s No. 1 in the 1994-95 season.
“The women’s basketball madness gets started Saturday — the first step en route to the Final Four, which begins April 7 in New Orleans.
“Baylor coach Kim Mulkey hopes to make it there with her Lady Bears, who will be trying to become the fourth different school to win consecutive national championships, joining Southern California, UConn, and Tennessee. Mulkey grew up in Louisiana.”
ESPN has posted the entire bracket.
The big question here is whether Brittney Griner and Baylor will be able to repeat last year’s national championship. If that comes to be, they would become the fourth different school to win two championships in a row.
The Lady Bears will face Prairie View in Waco on March 26.
NCAA.com reports Tennessee continues the longest appearance streak, “participating now in all 32 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championships.” Georgia will be making its 30th appearance. California Polytechnic State, Quinnipiac and Wichita State will make their first appearance.