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Connecticut, Tennessee, South Carolina and Notre Dame get top seeds in NCAA tourney

Published on March 17, 2014

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The Southeastern Conference has two teams with No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament: traditional power Tennessee (27-5) and Dawn Staley’s upstart South Carolina (27-4), a squad that surprised many with several big wins over ranked teams this past season. The nation’s top-ranked team Connecticut (34-0) and Notre Dame (32-0) join the SEC members in the ranks of top seeds.

There is the possibility that former Big East rivals Connecticut and Notre Dame could meet again at the Final Four in the last game of the tournament to determine the national champion. Undefeated Connecticut ended the season atop both the AP and the USA Today Coaches’ polls, positions the Huskies held all season, relinquishing the pinnacle to no one. Notre Dame is the only other undefeated team among Division I programs.

Connecticut begins play March 23 against Prairie View (14-17) in the Lincoln Regional at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs. South Carolina takes on Cal State Northridge (18-14) in the Stanford Regional earlier the same day.

Notre Dame plays Robert Morris (21-11) March 22 at Savage Arena in Toledo in the Notre Dame Regional. Tennessee follows with a game against Northwestern State (21-12) in the Louisville Regional on the Lady Vols’ home court in Knoxville.

Full Interactive Bracket || Printable Bracket (PDF)

Automatic Qualifiers
CONFERENCE SCHOOL RECORD APPS. WON LOST LAST APP.
America East Albany 28-4 2 0 2 2013
American Athletic Connecticut 34-0 25 91 17 2013
Atlantic Coast Notre Dame 32-0 20 41 19 2013
Atlantic Sun Florida Gulf Coast 26-7 1 0 1 2012
Atlantic 10 Fordham 25-7 1 0 1 1994
Big East DePaul 27-6 18 10 18 2013
Big Sky North Dakota 22-9 FIRST APPEARANCE
Big South Winthrop 24-8 FIRST APPEARANCE
Big Ten Nebraska 25-6 11 7 11 2013
Big 12 Baylor 29-4 12 30 10 2013
Big West Cal State Northridge 18-14 1 0 1 1999
Colonial James Madison 28-5 9 7 9 2011
Conference USA Middle Tennessee 29-4 16 5 16 2013
Horizon Wright State 26-8 FIRST APPEARANCE
Ivy Pennsylvania 22-6 2 0 2 2004
Metro Atlantic Marist 27-6 9 5 9 2013
Mid-American Akron 23-9 FIRST APPEARANCE
Mid-Eastern Hampton 28-4 7 0 7 2013
Missouri Valley Wichita State 26-6 1 0 1 2013
Mountain West Fresno State 22-10 6 0 6 2013
Northeast Robert Morris 21-11 2 0 2 2008
Ohio Valley Tennessee-Martin 24-7 3 0 3 2013
Pac-12 Southern California 22-12 15 29 13 2006
Patriot Army 25-7 1 0 1 2006
Southeastern Tennessee 27-5 32 115 24 2013
Southern Chattanooga 29-3 11 1 11 2013
Southland Northwestern State 21-12 2 0 2 2004
Southwestern Prairie View A&M 14-17 5 0 5 2013
Summit South Dakota 19-13 FIRST APPEARANCE
Sun Belt Western Kentucky 24-8 16 17 16 2008
West Coast Gonzaga 29-4 6 8 6 2013
Western Athletic Idaho 25-8 2 0 2 2013
At-Large Bids
SCHOOL CONFERENCE RECORD APP. WON LOST LAST APP.
Arizona State Pac-12 22-9 11 13 11 2011
BYU West Coast 26-6 9 3 9 2012
California Pac-12 21-9 9 9 9 2013
Dayton Atlantic 10 23-7 4 2 4 2013
Duke Atlantic Coast 27-6 20 52 20 2013
Florida Southeastern 19-12 13 11 13 2012
Florida State Atlantic Coast 20-11 12 13 12 2013
Georgia Southeastern 20-11 30 55 30 2013
Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 20-11 8 5 8 2012
Iowa Big Ten 26-8 22 18 22 2013
Iowa State Big 12 20-10 14 17 14 2013
Kentucky Southeastern 24-8 10 15 10 2013
LSU Southeastern 19-12 22 41 22 2013
Louisville American Athletic 30-4 16 19 16 2013
Maryland Atlantic Coast 24-6 21 33 20 2013
Michigan State Big Ten 22-9 13 16 13 2013
North Carolina Atlantic Coast 24-9 24 42 23 2013
NC State Atlantic Coast 25-7 21 19 21 2010
Oklahoma Big 12 18-14 16 30 16 2013
Oklahoma State Big 12 23-8 11 8 11 2013
Oregon State Pac-12 23-10 5 2 5 1996
Penn State Big Ten 22-7 24 30 24 2013
Purdue Big Ten 21-8 23 45 22 2013
St. John’s (N.Y.) Big East 22-10 8 6 8 2013
Saint Joseph’s Atlantic 10 22-9 12 6 12 2013
South Carolina Southeastern 27-4 10 11 10 2013
Stanford Pac-12 29-3 27 71 25 2013
Syracuse Atlantic Coast 22-9 5 0 5 2013
Texas Big 12 21-11 26 32 25 2012
Texas A&M Southeastern 24-8 10 18 9 2013
Vanderbilt Southeastern 18-12 26 39 26 2013
West Virginia Big 12 29-4 9 7 9 2013

 

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