Selection Monday came and went for the UConn women's basketball without very much drama, as there was no question about their seeding or region going into the night.
The Huskies were selected as the No. 1 overall seed for the second consecutive year. They were placed in the Albany Regional and will begin tournament play with two home games at Gampel Pavilion on Saturday night at 9pm against St. Francis-Brooklyn.
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St. Francis (15-18) is the Northeast Conference Champion, knocking off top seeded Central Connecticut State in the NEC tournament semifinals en route to the automatic bid.
The 8-9 match-up in the Storrs sub-regional is between two former Big East opponents in Seton Hall and Rutgers. The Pirates, Big East co-champs, are making their first NCAA appearance in 20 years and have not beaten UConn since 1994. The Scarlet Knights, finishing their first year in the Big Ten, are back in the tournament after a one year absence; they had some success during their time in the Big East against UConn- but none since 2008.
There is a lot of former Big East flavor within the region. Louisville is the No. 3 seed and South Florida is the No. 6 seed. Both teams have a potential second round game in Tampa, Fla. waiting ahead of them.
For the third time and four years, Kentucky is the No. 2 seed. The past two years the Wildcats were beaten by UConn in the regional final. The No. 4 seed is California.
Notre Dame and South Carolina are No. 1 seeds in their respective regions. The Irish are in the Oklahoma City Region and the Gamecocks are in the Greensboro Region. Maryland is No. 1 seed in the Spokane Region, the winner of which would potentially play UConn in the national semifinals.
There was also some good news for the American Athletic Conference. Tulane was one of the final at-large teams to make the field of 64. Last year the AAC only received two bids, this year they got three. It is a good step for the young conference.
UConn is looking to make their eighth straight trip the Final Four. They are the favorites to win their third straight national championship and 10th overall. The Final Four is being playing in Tampa this season.