The women’s NCAA Tournament bracket was unveiled Monday night and, to no one’s surprise, UConn was the top overall seed.
The Huskies are joined as No. 1 seeds by Notre Dame, South Carolina and Baylor, but most people seem to have a pretty concrete idea of how this tournament will go.
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Ok yeah, it’s hard to fault anyone for writing “UConn” on the championship line before filling in another name. The Huskies have captured four straight titles and are currently on a winning streak of over 100 games. Those three other top seeds we mentioned? UConn has beaten them all, by 11 points apiece. Geno Auriemma’s team has also dispatched No. 3 Maryland, No. 3 Texas, No. 3 Florida State and No. 5 Ohio State.
But another Huskies championship isn’t quite a foregone conclusion. UConn doesn’t have a Breanna Stewart-caliber star this year, and the team has looked almost vulnerable at times, especially during the first half of the season. The Huskies beat Florida State by only 2 points, Maryland by 6 and Tulane (which isn’t even in the NCAA Tournament) by 3. Could an opposing team get super hot and hang with UConn? Crazier things have happened.
FiveThirtyEight gives UConn a 52 percent chance of winning the Tournament. That’s a remarkably high number, more than three times the odds given to men’s favorite Villanova, but it’s far from 100 percent. Winning six straight games against increasingly tough teams isn’t easy for anyone, and it’s not impossible to imagine Baylor or Notre Dame cutting down the nets in Dallas.
Not that you shouldn’t pick UConn in your bracket pool.
Here’s the complete women’s field: