UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor top seeds
The NCAA revealed its women's basketball top 10 list for the final time, two weeks before selection Monday, and not too much changed.
UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor are still the four No. 1 seeds according to the NCAA women's basketball selection committee.
''There was a big discussion for second and third and then five through 10,'' NCAA women's basketball committee chair Chris Dawson said.
The 10 teams remained the same as the previous two reveals although the order was slightly different with Ohio State dropping from fifth to ninth. Texas, Oregon State, Arizona State and Maryland each moved up one place. UCLA remained 10th.
''My expectation when we started this exercise is that there would be a little more movement among the 10,'' Dawson said. ''It's a testimony for the quality of these 10 teams that have been included every time showing their consistency over the season.''
While the committee has discussed who the first 10 teams are, there has been no mention of where potentially they could go.
''That discussion has never entered into the committee discussion at this point,'' Dawson said. ''I know there's a lot of chatter about they are going to go to this site or that site. Honestly the bracketing process is totally separated from the selection and seeding process.''
There are still two weeks to go before selection Monday and a lot of basketball yet to be played in conference tournaments.
''It will be very challenging both to seed teams and the final eight to 10 teams in,'' Dawson said. ''It will be hard. The committee members feel a lot of pressure to get it right.''
Louisville and Stanford were also receiving consideration from the committee. In the reveal on Feb. 1, Florida, Florida State and Mississippi State were also among the next group of teams.
''We would love the opportunity to play in front of our home fans in our great home-court environment,'' Louisville coach Jeff Walz said. ''It's a great place for college basketball.''
The top 16 teams host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament so being one of those squads is key. The regional rounds will be March 25-28 in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Lexington, Kentucky; Dallas; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The Women's Final Four is in Indianapolis on April 3 with the title game two days later.
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