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March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

13 March 2018, 11:17 | Charlene Valdez

After getting snubbed by the NCAA Tournament selection committee Notre Dame is the favorite to win the

March Madness 2018 Notre Dame favored by oddsmakers to win NIT

UConn is once again at the forefront of the title discussion, but there's a growing number of challengers ready to take away the Huskies' opportunity to win a national championship. UConn will have tough competition to fight through, as Baylor, Louisville, and Mississippi State - the team that knocked them off in the Final Four a year ago - all look strong.

At 32-0, they are the only team to enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten.

SC enters as the defending champion, while last year's runner-up Mississippi State is looking to get back to the title game after a phenomenal season. The schedule we play, I knew Wednesday get somebody two or three that we already played.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, they are one of the three other projected No. 1 seeds by ESPN along with Louisville and Notre Dame. Notre Dame has been a top seed the last seven years.

“A great reward for this team for what theyve been through. playing the toughest schedule and getting a No. 1 seed, ” McGraw said. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were the others on the list the NCAA released Sunday of the final eight under consideration. UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens against 16th-seeded St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday morning. "We seed the teams and then we place them in the bracket using that "S" curve and geography is one of the things that we consider and one of our principals". If were fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans.”. "We're excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams".

Mississippi State has been one of the top stories in the sport this season, as it won its first 32 games before falling to SC in the SEC tournament final.

The Ducks (30-4) won both the Pac-12 regular season and tournament title, led by sophomore sensation Sabrina Ionescu, who averages just over 19 points a game and already owns the NCAA record for triple-doubles in her career.

The women's NCAA Tournament field of 64 teams has been revealed, meaning it's time to fill out those brackets. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in.

Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record - the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005.

"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett. “We went through those resumes and their body of work.

There were five teams trying to get into the bracket's top spots and in the end Baylor lost out.

Bennett said Oklahomas strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.

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