We are less that a week away from women's college basketball teams finding out their March Madness fates, as they hope to cut down the net after the national championship.
The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee will release the tournament bracket on Sunday, March 13. Before the committee releases its final bracket, here's my sixth prediction of the season on what the bracket might look like.
|1||South Carolina||Stanford||NC State||Louisville|
|16||Fairleigh Dickinson / Howard||Jackson State||Houston Baptist / Longwood||Maine|
|9||Miami||Princeton||Kansas State||South Florida|
|12||IUPUI||Washington State||South Dakota St.||Southern Illinois|
|13||Toledo||Drexel||Stephen F. Austin||Belmont|
|6||Oregon||North Carolina||Nebraska||Notre Dame|
|11||Boston College/ Northwestern||UMass||Missouri State / Florida State||South Dakota|
|14||UNLV||Charlotte||UT Arlington||Idaho State|
|7||Ole Miss||Georgia Tech||UCF||Georgia|
No. 1 seeds remain solid despite upsets
Conference tournaments are underway, causing some major madness already around the NCAA. We saw Kentucky storm through the SEC tournament by knocking off Mississippi State, LSU, Tennessee and the SEC favorite, South Carolina, which, yes, is still the No. 1 team in the nation and one that's projected to be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Despite the upset, I still think South Carolina is the top seed. The Gamecocks have an impressive 11-0 record against ranked foes, including wins over Stanford and NC State, which are eyeing the throne. A 10-game winning streak and the iconic win over South Carolina saved Kentucky's NCAA tournament hopes with an automatic bid to the tournament.
Louisville also suffered its fourth loss of the season. Baylor has been waiting on the Cards to have a few more slip-ups to sneak into the No. 1 seed line. I kept Louisville as a No. 1 seed, but the loss to Miami makes the Cardinals vulnerable, near the bottom of the No. 1 seed line. The Bears are on a 10-game winning streak and still have an opportunity to pick up some more quality wins in the Big 12 tournament with a current NET ranking of No. 7.
Last four in
- Boston College vs. Northwestern
- Missouri State vs. Florida State
First four out
- Rhode Island
The automatic qualifiers
Here are the 32 automatic qualifier I think will lock in spots by winning their respective conference tournaments.
|ASUN||Florida Gulf Coast|
|Big Sky||Idaho State|
|Colonial Athletic Association||Drexel|
|Missouri Valley||Southern Illinois|
|Summit League||South Dakota|
|Sun Belt||UT Arlington|
|Western Athletic Conference||Stephen F. Austin|