For the first time since 2002, the women's NCAA tournament will return to having the top 16 seeds host the first and second rounds, which, along with the regionals, also return to a Friday through Monday format.
Our resident bracketologist examines how South Carolina, not Stanford, ended up a No. 1 seed, why geography didn't play as big of a role in the bracket this year, and explains why a No. 3 seed might be just what Louisville deserved.
With a big SEC road win Sunday, South Carolina has moved to the top line. But will a No. 1 seed mean a possible road game in the second round or a long trip to the West Coast for the Gamecocks' opening tournament games?
Tuesday's UConn-Duke showdown marks the 52nd time the nation's Nos. 1 and 2 teams will meet. The history of 1-2 matchups and the recent results between the two programs both work strongly against Duke.