NCAA women’s final top 16 bracket reveal: Utah overtakes UConn for final No. 1 seed after Huskies’ rough week


Utah moved into a No. 1 seed, changing UConn in the last NCAA females’s competition choice committee expose ahead of March Madness. Unbeaten South Carolina stays the No. 1 total seed en path to a repeat title.

The Utes (23 -3, 13 -3 Pac-12) went up to the No. 4 in the committee’s ranking, signing up with No. 1 general South Carolina, No. 2 Indiana and No. 3 Stanford as 1-seeds if the competition were to begin today. Utah was No. 6 total in the very first expose and heads an area that consists of No. 5 LSU, among the more perplexing groups for the committee to location, No. 12 Ohio State and No. 13 Texas.

Utah had the ability to go up due to the fact that UConn, the previous No. 4 total group, has actually gone through a rough spot. The Huskies (24 -5, 16 -2 Big East) lost to South Carolina (four-point margin) and Marquette (seven-point margin) days prior to the very first expose. They beat Georgetown by just 8, left Creighton by a container and persisted versus Villanova to win by 9. On Tuesday, they were distressed by St. John’s 69-64 in an unimpressive proving. It is the very first time considering that 2013-14 that the program has actually lost several conference video games.

UConn dropped to the No. 7 total group and a 2-seed in Indiana’s area. In either bracket, the Huskies will need to take a trip instead of host local finals in their yard in Connecticut or Albany, New York.

LSU (25 -1, 13 -1 SEC) had the within track to that last 1-seed when the committee launched its very first expose. In the time because, it lost to South Carolina by 24 and won versus Ole Miss and Florida.

The Tigers hardly played any superior competitors in the nonconference, with a strength of schedule ranked 222 nd. LSU’s many noteworthy win because stretch was Oregon State (11-16, 3-13 Pac-12). Utah has a 46- point non-con win versus Oklahoma and wins versus Alabama and Ole Miss.

The SEC is likewise not the top-to-bottom quality of the other conferences such as the Big Ten or ACC. That has actually developed a problem for the committee and is provoking prolonged discussions about where to put them, ESPN analysts stated.

” We’ve never ever seen a group like that [in a Power 5 conference] be lower than a 2,” ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme stated. “We’ve never ever seen this in the past, so that’s why as a committee they’re having a hard time. I’m having a hard time.”

In a format modification starting this season, there will be 2 local websites instead of 4. The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight video games are at Bon Secours Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and in Seattle at Climate Pledge Arena. The Final Four will be held March 31 and April 2 in Dallas.

Selection Sunday is March 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. A lot of conferences start their competitions next week.

Utah forward Alissa Pili (35) celebrates a basket during her team's game against Oklahoma on Nov. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Tyler Tate, File)

Utah forward Alissa Pili (35) commemorates a basket throughout her group’s video game versus Oklahoma on Nov. 16,2022 (AP Photo/Tyler Tate, File)

Greenville Regional 1

1. South Carolina (1 )

2. Virginia Tech (8 )

3. Iowa (9 )

4. Michigan (16)

Greenville Regional 2

1. Indiana (2 )

2. UConn (7 )

3. Notre Dame (10)

4. Arizona (15)

Seattle Regional 3

1. Stanford (3 )

2. Maryland (6 )

3. Duke (11)

4. Villanova (14)

Seattle Regional 4

1. Utah (4 )

2. LSU (5 )

3. Ohio State (12)

4. Texas (13)

Who is increasing after very first expose?

Virginia Tech made the biggest dive, increasing 5 areas to No. 8 total to end up being a 2-seed in South Carolina’s local after being a 4-seed in the very first expose. The Hokies included double-digit wins versus a few of the ACC’s finest in Florida State, Duke and N.C. State.

Maryland went up 3 areas to No. 6 most likely due to the fact that of its dominant win versus Iowa previously in the week. The Terps drizzled threes on the Big Ten favorites and silenced Caitlin Clark. That significantly moved them out of South Carolina’s local.

Ohio State likewise vacated that local with an increase into the top-16 to No. 12 general. The Buckeyes were squashed by Indiana however rebounded versus Penn State and Michigan. They play Maryland on Friday in their season ending.

Arizona moved into the photo, changing North Carolina. The Wildcats upset Pac-12 leaders Utah and Colorado recently. The ESPN team stated the committee talked about Colorado and Tennessee as prospective top-16 members. Colorado took Stanford to 2 overtimes in the minutes prior to the expose, and Tennessee remained in a close one with South Carolina.

Who is falling after very first expose?

Duke switched areas practically completely with ACC opponent Virginia Tech. Heaven Devils dropped from No. 8 to No. 11 after the 16- point loss to the Hokies.

Michigan was on the opposite end of Ohio State’s increase, falling from No. 11 to the No. 16 area. It moved them into the South Carolina local in addition to Big Ten’s Iowa. The Hawkeyes dropped 2 areas, which might put nationwide gamer of the year competitors Aliyah Boston (South Carolina) and Clark on a clash.

What to view this weekend


No. 7 Maryland (23 -5, 14 -3 Big Ten) at No. 16 Ohio State (23 -5, 12 -5), 6 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network


No. 3 Stanford (26 -3, 14 -2 Pac-12) at No. 8 Utah (23 -3, 13 -3), 2 p.m. ET Pac-12 Networks

No. 19 Texas (21 -7, 12 -3 Big 12) at No. 13 Oklahoma (22 -4, 12 -3), 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+


No. 10 Notre Dame (22 -4, 13 -3 ACC) at Louisville (20 -9, 11 -5), 12 p.m. ET on ESPN

No. 22 North Carolina (19 -8, 10 -6 ACC) at No. 11 Duke (23 -4, 13 -3), 12 p.m. ET on ACCNX

No. 2 Indiana (26 -1, 16 -1 Big Ten) at No. 6 Iowa (22 -6, 14 -3), 2 p.m. ET on ESPN

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