UConn overall top seed; Baylor, Texas, A&M also in women's tourney

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The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Monday night and it was full of both the expected and the shocking.

The bracket for the 2018 NCAA Tournament was revealed on Monday evening and, with no surprise, CT enters as the No. 1 overall seed. The top four teams matched the NCAA Tournament selection committee's No. 1 seeds: Villanova (30-4) stayed at No. 2.

But the beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that once the games begin, the controversy is forgotten. The Gamecocks are the No. 2 seed.

The Huskies (32-0), led by Katie Lou Samuelson (17.9 ppg), haven't lost since Mississippi State broke their 111-game winning streak in last year's Final Four.

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To them, you can't spell miracle without ACL, which sidelined four Notre Dame players - senior forward Brianna Turner, senior point guards Mychal Johnson and Lili Thompson and freshman forward Mikayla Vaughn - before the turn of the New Year, and even as far back as last March for Turner. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are 2017 runner-up Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville. The national championship game is April 1.

Wilson and the Gamecocks face a hard path in front of them as they attempt to defend last year's NCAA title.

UConn, which has been a No. 1 seed every year since 2007, opens up against 16-seed Saint Francis, Pa. on Saturday morning.

It also provides the other No. 1 seeds with one fewer foe to take on at the Final Four, as SC is easily the most risky of the No. 2 seeds. OR is the 2-seed in Notre Dame's region, Ohio St is the 3-seed, Texas A&M the 4-seed and DePaul the 5-seed. This might be one of coach Muffet McGraw's finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season. That streak was snapped when they were defeated by SC, but that doesn't make what Mississippi State's women have done this year any less remarkable-and the seed reflects that.

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Notre Dame (29-3) gets the top seed in Spokane, but would have to play what amounts to a road game in the regional final if No. 2 seeded OR makes it that far. "Hopefully, some of those UConn fans who got so excited about what we were able to do a year ago will stay for the second part of Saturday's doubleheader and root us on".

Louisville won the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time this season. The Cardinals open against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field. But of course both teams will have to navigate a tough road to get there. Purdue and West Virginia are the top seeds. The Irish, UConn and Baylor are the only teams to reach the Elite Eight six times in the last seven years.

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

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