The NCAA revealed its women’s basketball top 10 list for the second time this month and not much changed.
UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Baylor are still the four No. 1 seeds according to the NCAA women’s basketball selection committee.
“We had a discussion about South Carolina and Notre Dame, but they stayed at two and three. The committee decided to leave them where they were,” chair of the women’s basketball committee Chris Dawson said.
The 10 teams remained the same as the reveal done on Feb. 1. The order changed slightly. The first four were still consistent with Ohio State and Texas switching spots at five and six. Oregon State moved up once place to seventh while Arizona State dropped to eighth. Maryland and UCLA rounded out the 10.
Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Mississippi State and Texas A&M were also receiving consideration from the committee. Those five teams were released in alphabetical order. In the first reveal, Florida wasn’t a team that was receiving consideration.
“We vote for 10 and those are the other teams that got votes,” Dawson said. “Those are the ones that are in the discussion as we are looking at who’s in the top 10. I wouldn’t extrapolate that one of those teams on that list is 15th. If we actually were voting or seeding deeper there would be some other teams in that mix.”
The top 16 teams host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament so being one of those squads is big. Unlike last year when third-seeded Louisville had to play at South Florida because it couldn’t host the first two rounds, Dawson didn’t think that would be a problem this year.
“We don’t anticipate any conflicts,” Dawson said.
If Ohio State is one of the top seeds it will be able to play on campus, just not at its normal arena. The school hosts the state’s boys high school championship that weekend so the women’s games will be played at St. John arena. That was their home from 1974-1998 and Ohio State played one game there this season as well.
The NCAA will have one more top 10 list on Feb. 29 before making the selections for the tournament on March 14.
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