NCAA women’s basketball tournament nuggets:
Who’s No. 1: Duh. Duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh, duh. That’s one duh for each of the 11 NCAA championships won by No. 1 overall seed Connecticut. The Huskies, who were shocked by Mississippi State in last year’s Final Four to end a 111-game winning streak, are 32-0 this season.
Who’s also No. 1: Other top-seeded teams in regional play are Mississippi State (32-1), Louisville (32-2) and Notre Dame (29-3).
Who’s an awfully strong No. 2: Baylor, which has racked up a 31-1 record, was relegated to a No. 2 seed in Lexington, a region that includes Louisville, Tennessee and Stanford. “Really, what does it matter?” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey.
Cool with 64: The women’s tournament features a traditional 64-team bracket, rather than the First Four selections that take the men’s field up to 68 teams.
Who’s out: Rutgers, which finished 20-12, was left off despite having beaten Minnesota head-to-head.
Conference call: Six Big Ten teams made the field: Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Jackrabbits have hops: Summit League champion South Dakota State (22-6) is the No. 8 seed in the Spokane Regional. Its roster includes six Minnesotans, among them junior guard Madison Guebert (14.4 points per game) of Apple Valley and Eastview High. The Jackrabbits have the respect of UConn coach Geno Auriemma. “Who else is in, South Dakota State?” Auriemma said. “Yeah, go ahead and play them and tell me they are a mid-major team. Good luck with that.” The Jackrabbits will face Villanova from the Big East in the first round. “I am watching that game,” Auriemma said.
This story includes information from the Association Press.