After that, many thought the Duke was going to grab a No. 1 seed from the selection committee. The Bruins have used a big rotation as nine players have played in all 32 games.
Last year, the Gamecocks thought they would make the NCAA tournament field because they'd won 25 games, but they were not chosen. The Shockers lost two players to the National Basketball Association and started slowly this season, losing to good teams early. Despite losing their trio of All-Americans in Breanna Stewart, Moriah Jefferson, and Morgan Tuck, the Huskies carried on without missing a beat this season. 2017 marks the first season the Blue Devils and Pirates meet in a home-and-home series since 2002. Unlike the past few years where it nearly seemed a foregone conclusion that UConn would win the title, the Huskies weren't the favorite coming into the season with big losses to graduation.
Butler: The Bulldogs shucked the Cinderella title years ago and have won 14 of 18 games against Tournament teams, including a sweep of No. 1 overall seed Villanova.
Maryland coach Brenda Frese wasn't thrilled at the low seed.
Now, the Huskies have three weekends to prove it again. "I'm most surprised that being a team ranked top four in the country, (we) earn a three seed", Frese said. OSU is now ranked No. 8 in both the AP and Coaches' Poll.
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The Wynn and Westgate SuperBook has Duke as the favorite at 5-1, while William Hill's Nevada sportsbook has North Carolina as the favorite at 13-2, and MGM's sportsbook lists Kansas as the top title contender at 6-1. Will last year's run with an nearly identical record be enough to sway the committee?
Kentucky (21-10) finished the regular season tied for third place in the Southeastern Conference and was eliminated in the semifinals of the SEC Tournament by eventual champion SC.
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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma, who was named The American's Co-Coach of the Year on March 4, has guided the program to all 109 of its NCAA Tournament wins, joining former Tennessee coach Pat Summit (112) as the only members of the 100-win club.
More than likely awaiting the victor of Kentucky's pod will be the 1 seed, ACC Champion, and perennial power Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He scored 20-plus in 10 games and has made some second-team All-America lists. Gonzaga faces South Dakota State on Thursday.