Sneak Peak: Inspecting the 2013 NCAA women’s tournament bracket

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Updated: March 21, 2013
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The brackets for the 2013 NCAA women’s basketball tournament had a touch of déjà vu when they were revealed on March 18.

Defending national champions Baylor Lady Bears were selected with the number one overall seed and will be playing in the Oklahoma City Region. The Lady Bears (32-1) are on a 30-game winning streak and will host the first and second rounds. Baylor will open up with 16th-seed Prairie View A&M (17-14). The Lady Bears will then likely play the winner of the No. 8 Florida State (22-9) and No. 9 Princeton (22-6) game.

Connecticut (29-4), Notre Dame (31-1) and Stanford (31-2) are the other three number one seeds. The Huskies are in the Bridgeport Region and open up at home against Idaho while the Cardinal is in the Spokane Region and hosts Tulsa in the first round. The Fighting Irish are in the Norfolk Region and are the only number one seed not playing at home. Notre Dame will battle with Tennessee-Martin in Iowa City.

These four number one seeds were also number one seeds last year.

 

Oklahoma City Region

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Prairie View

No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 9 Princeton

No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee

No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Liberty

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Central Michigan

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Stetson

No. 7 Syracuse vs. No. 10 Creighton

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts

 

Spokane Region

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Tulsa

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Villanova

No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Gonzaga

No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Montana

No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Green Bay

No. 3 Penn State vs. No. 14 Cal Poly

No. 7 Texas Tech vs. No. 10 South Florida

No. 2 California vs. No. 15 Fresno State

 

Norfolk Region

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Tennessee-Martin

No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Iowa

No. 5 Colorado vs. No. 12 Kansas

No. 4 South Carolina vs. No. 13 South Dakota State

No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Chattanooga

No. 3 Texas A &M vs. No. 14 Wichita State

No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 DePaul

No.2 Duke vs. No. 15 Hampton

 

Bridgeport Region

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Idaho

No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 9 St. Joseph’s

No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Marist

No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 13 Quinnipiac

No. 6 Delaware vs. No. 11 West Virginia

No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 14 Albany

No.7 Dayton vs. No. 10 St. John’s

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Navy

 

Bracket themes

1.Familiarity

In addition to the same teams being number one, there are other things that are the same as last year. A few of the things that are similar is Baylor and Tennessee being seeded one and two in the same region and Connecticut and Kentucky being one and two in the same region.

Also, if all four number one seeds make it to the Final Four the semifinal matchup would be the same as last year. UConn would face Notre Dame and Baylor would battle Stanford.

2. Worst draw for a No. 1 seed?

Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish are the only number one seed to have play their first and second round games on the road. The Fighting Irish will play their first two games in Iowa City and they may have to play host Iowa in the second round. The Hawkeyes will meet Miami (Fla.) in the opening round.

3. Toughest region?

Bridgeport. The Bridgeport Region is very deep especially considering two very good teams – Delaware and Dayton – are seeded No. 6 and No. 7. The region also has Atlantic-10 Tournament champion St. Joseph’s as a ninth seed and St. John’s, which played one of the hardest schedules in the nation, is seeded 10th.

4. Best potential No.1-No.2 region finals matchup?

Stanford vs. California. These two schools tied for the Pac-12 regular season with a 17-1 record as they split their regular season matchups. Both teams won on the other school’s home court as Stanford won at California (62-53) on Jan. 8 while California won at Stanford (67-55) on Jan. 13.

Stanford and California were on tap to meet for a third time in Pac-12 championship before UCLA derailed the Golden Bears (70-58) in the semifinals.

5. Best first round matchups

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Villanova

No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Gonzaga

No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Green Bay

No. 8 Miami (Fla.) vs. No. 9 Iowa

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Central Michigan

No. 7 Oklahoma St. vs. No. DePaul

No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Chattanooga

No. 8 Vanderbilt vs. No. 9 St. Joseph’s

No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 St. John’s

No. 7 Syracuse vs. No. 10 Creighton

6. Toughest potential second games

No. 3 Penn State vs. No.6 LSU at Baton Rouge, La.

No. 4 Louisville vs. 5 Purdue at Louisville, Ky.

No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 2 Kentucky at Quenns, N.Y.

No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 6 Delaware at Newark, Del.

No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 3 Texas A&M at College Station, Tex.

No. 4 South Carolina vs. No. 5 Colorado at Boulder, Colo.

7. Potential first and second upsets

No. 11 Central Michigan over No. 6 Central Michigan

No. 2 Dayton over No. 7 Kentucky

No. 6 Delaware over No. 3 North Carolina

No. 13 South Dakota State over South Carolina

No. 6 LSU over No. 3 Penn State

8. Big surprises in the NCAA Tournament

West Virginia (17-13) and Kansas (18-13). West Virginia has a 53 RPI and a strength of schedule of 18. The Mountaineers had a losing record against Big 12 foes (9-10) and is 5-5 in the last 10 games. West Virginia is on a three-game losing streak.

Kansas has an RPI of 56 and strength of schedule of 26. The Jayhawks went 9-11 in against Big 12 opponents and was just 4-6 on the road. Kansas is 4-7 in their last 11 games.

9. Biggest snubs.

Duquesne (23-7), San Diego State (24-6), St. Mary’s (20-10),Toledo (27-3) and Florida Gulf Coast (26-6). Each one of the four schools had more and higher RPI than West Virginia and Kansas.

Duquesne has the biggest gripe as they own an RPI of 37 and a strength of schedule of 78. The Dukes went 2-1 against ranked teams defeating Delaware and West Virginia. Duquesne also lost to Dayton and St. Joseph’s by one point late in the season.

10. Favorite

Baylor. The reigning NCAA national champion has the nation’s longest winning streak along with the most dominant player in women’s college basketball – Britney Griner. The Lady Bears also have one of the top point guards in Odyssey Sims and a very good supporting cast including Brooklyn Pope, Destiny Williams and Kimetria Hayden as well as Jordan Madden.

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