We are 50 days away from Selection Sunday — the day women's college basketball teams find out their fate in March Madness.
I predicted my third field of 68, which includes my automatic qualifiers for each conference, and then filled in the rest with my at-large bids. I took into consideration what we've seen so far, but keep in mind things could still shake up as we're now in the thick of conference play with more non-conference marquee matchups to come.
Here's my bracket in table format:
|1||South Carolina||Stanford||NC State||Tennessee|
|16||Fairleigh Dickinson/Campbell||Jackson State||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi/ Howard||Troy|
|8||South Florida||Missouri State||UCF||Kansas State|
|5||North Carolina||Notre Dame||Oklahoma||Iowa|
|12||Princeton||Dayton||South Dakota||Stephen F. Austin|
|6||Ohio State||Nebraska||Maryland||Florida Gulf Coast|
|11||Oregon State/ Liberty||Gonzaga||Boston College/ Texas A&M||Northwestern|
|14||New Mexico||Western Kentucky||Stony Brook||Long Beach State|
|7||Duke||Virginia Tech||Oregon||Ole Miss|
|15||Fairfield||Mercer||Boston College||Idaho State|
Tennessee breaks into No. 1 line
As of right now, the Lady Vols deserve to be a No. 1 seed after opening up the season with a 17-1 record, which includes wins over tough non-conference foes South Florida, UCF, Texas, Virginia Tech and now breezing pass SEC foes.
Tennessee opened up its season with a nine-game winning streak up until Stanford, the national defending champs, snapped its flawless record. Despite the outcome, Tennessee controlled majority of the ball game and only fell by single-digits.
Tennessee is staring at one of its best seasons since the Vols started the 2007-08 campaign at 22-1. The 6-0 league beginning is Tennessee's best since going 13-0 in 2014-15.
I had Louisville as one of my No. 1 seeds in my second bracket prediction, but the Cards recently took a tough hit in a major comeback from ACC foe NC State, who's featured on my one line.
Despite the loss, the No. 6 defense in the nation is still a Final Four contender. The Cards are currently 15-2, with its other loss coming to Arizona earlier this season. However, Louisville can add victories over Michigan, Kentucky, UConn and Georgia Tech to its resume.
Last four in
- Boston College
- Texas A&M
- Oregon State
First four out
- Mississippi State
- Florida State
In case you missed it, here is a link to my second bracket of this season.
The automatic qualifiers
Here are my 32 AQs, based off of who I think will lock in spots by everlasting foes in each respective conference tournament.
|America East||Stony Brook|
|ASUN||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Big 12||Iowa State|
|Big Sky||Idaho State|
|Big West||Long Beach State|
|Colonial Athletic Association||Drexel|
|Conference USA||Western Kentucky|
|Missouri Valley||Missouri State|
|Mountain West||New Mexico|
|Southland||Texas A&M-Corpus Christi|
|Summit League||South Dakota|
|Western Athletic Conference||Stephen F. Austin|