Basketball: UConn, Irish, Louisville, Miss St. top seeds in women's tourney

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The slots in the NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket have been filled and CT is the first overall seed.

Track the NCAA women's basketball tournament with our printable bracket as all the action unfolds for the next three weeks.

On the top end of the bracket sits No. 12 Oklahoma, which features two seniors to watch - center Vionise Pierre-Louis (15.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg) and guard Gabbi Ortiz (12.2 ppg, 80 3pg) - as the Sooners were a surprise pick to make the NCAA Tournament for the 19th straight year.

This is the first appearance for the Gophers in the NCAA Tournament since the 2014-15 season.

The same goes for Thomas, Alix and the No. 3 seed Seminoles, who would cross paths with Wilson's Gamecocks in the Sweet 16. It's the ninth time that UConn has entered the NCAAs undefeated, including a year ago when the Huskies went into the event as the overwhelming favorite before their winning streak ended at 111 games with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

This year's Final Four is also in Columbus, and will take place on March 30. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are 2017 runner-up Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Mississippi State (32-1) was undefeated, too, until losing to defending national champion SC in the SEC Tournament.

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

There were five teams vying for the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament on Monday, and when the music stopped, Baylor was left without a chair. 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. Two of those losses came to Louisville.

The Irish are in the Spokane Regional and open against Cal State Northridge on Friday.

The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game. The Cardinals open against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field.

Although each team has three games to play before their potential Elite 8 meeting, the intrigue is already building up for the contest with a Final Four spot on the line. Mississippi State was a two past year and they played for the national championship. "Hopefully, some of those UConn fans who got so excited about what we were able to do previous year will stay for the second part of Saturday's doubleheader and root us on". The other No. 2 seeds had six (Texas and South Carolina) and four (Oregon) losses, making Baylor's record stand out among its counterparts.

Dayton and Buffalo both made the tournament as at-large teams from mid-major conferences.

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

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