Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

March Madness 2018: NCAA women's basketball tournament schedule

UConn is once again at the forefront of the title discussion, but there's a growing number of challengers ready to take away the Huskies' opportunity to win a national championship.

The first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship will be played March 16-19 on the home courts of the top 16 seeds.

Now, as we enter the 2018 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, we could be heading towards a rematch between those two foes. That game would take place on March 30th in Columbus, Ohio.

SC enters as the defending champion, while last year's runner-up Mississippi State is looking to get back to the title game after a phenomenal season.

Follow @ncaawbb The most decorated women's basketball program in history, UConn was shocked a year ago, when the Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Huskies, 66-64 in overtime in the national semifinals at the 2017 Women's Final Four in Dallas. Plenty of the usual suspects were seeded at the top of each region.

It was pretty obvious who the No. 1 seeds would be for the tourney.

Half of the triumphs over ranked opposition came against teams that were ranked in the top five at the time of the contest.

The Gamecocks lost by 25 at home against UConn on February 1.

CT is the top overall seed as it begins its quest to win a 12th national championship after recording its seventh undefeated regular season. On the other end of the spectrum, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle are all making their first NCAA tournament appearance. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed OR if the seeds hold.

Head coach Vic Schaefer did a tremendous job turning around the program in such a short time, as the Bulldogs were 13-17 in the 2012-13 campaign, which was his first in charge.

The Four #1 seeds are UConn (Albany Region), Louisville (Lexington Region), Mississippi State (Kanas City Region) and Notre Dame (Spokane Region). The Gamecocks are the two-seed. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to SC in the SEC title game.

The Gamecocks are going to be a hard draw for whichever No. 1 seed falls in their bracket, which means one of the must-watch games of the women's tournament comes in the Elite 8.

Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 29-3 record with losses to UConn on December 3rd and twice to Louisville on January 11th and then in the ACC Tournament Championship game on March 4th.

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