It’s official: the madness can begin. We are two weeks away from Selection Monday and the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee has released the second top-16 reveal for the Women’s NCAA Tournament. Surprisingly, there were significant changes to the top 16.
|Current Seed||Team (Record)||Seed Line Change Since first reveal|
|1||Notre Dame (27-3)||Up 1|
|1||UConn (27-2)||Up 1|
|2||Oregon (27-3)||Down 1|
|2||Mississippi State (27-2)||Down 1|
|2||Iowa (23-6)||Up 1|
|3||NC State (25-4)||Down 1|
|3||Oregon State (24-6)|
|3||South Carolina (21-8)||Up 1|
|4||Iowa State (22-7)|
|4||Texas A&M (23-6)||NR|
Furthermore, here is a regional breakdown of the top seeds.
- Mississippi State
- Oregon State
- Miami (FL)
- Iowa State
- NC State
- Texas A&M
- Notre Dame
- South Carolina
For one thing, the ACC and the Pac-12 each have three teams in the top-11 of the list. That may change in the coming weeks. For example, Maryland is a 3-seed and Iowa is a 2-seed. If Maryland beats Iowa, the seeding will change. For clarity, let’s breakdown the second top-16 reveal.
Changes in the 1-seed line
Baylor and Louisville have been able to keep their positions on the 1-seed line. Unfortunately, Mississippi State and Oregon took a drop. The Bulldogs lost to Missouri by eight. Fortunately, they were able to pick up wins against South Carolina and Texas A&M. The Ducks, however suffered two consecutive losses to Oregon State and UCLA. Since the two losses, Oregon is 3-0.
Due to Mississippi State and Oregon dropping to the 2-seed line, Notre Dame and UConn were able to move up to the 1-seed line.
Iowa and South Carolina Moving On Up
There was not a lot of change in movement among the top 16. Two teams, however, were able to jump up 1 spot from their previous ranking.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 4-1 since the initial rankings. The only loss was to Indiana back on February 21. Still, the Hawkeyes were able to jump up to the 2-seed line. One of the four victories that Iowa has was against Maryland back on February 17. Because of this record, Iowa has been on the rise and continues to jump up.
Similarly, South Carolina also has four wins since the first top-16 reveal back in February. On the negative side, the Gamecocks took three losses as well. One of those losses came against UConn on the night of the release.
Syracuse and Texas A&M enter the Top 16
One point to realize about this top 16: Marquette and Gonzaga dropped out of the rankings. As a result, Syracuse and Texas A&M made the jump into the top 16.
Let’s dive in to these two teams’ credentials.
|Record since first top-16 reveal||4-2||5-1|
The Syracuse Orange only has two losses and they were against NC State and Notre Dame. Those two teams have been in both rankings. Besides those two losses, Syracuse has been on a roll and are making a case for themselves as a top 16 team for the Women’s NCAA Tournament.
Meanwhile, Texas A&M has been able to make a final push for the committee to see them as a top 16 team. Only losing to Mississippi State, the Aggies have put on stellar showings as of late and want to be in the fold as one of the top teams in the country.
Selection Monday is two weeks away and with conference tournaments beginning, the committee has a tough task ahead of them.
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