NCAA tournament bracket revealed: Aliyah Boston, South Carolina take No. 1 overall seed
Considering what Aliyah Boston and South Carolina did this season, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the Gamecocks took the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
The NCAA women’s tournament bracket was officially revealed Sunday night, and South Carolina was announced as the top seed for the second straight season. The Gamecocks mounted a perfect 32-0 run in the regular season and cruised to the SEC tournament final over Tennessee last week, which marked the program’s seventh in its past nine seasons. Boston, the tournament MVP and a national Player of the Year candidate, averaged 13.3 points and 9.7 rebounds this season.
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South Carolina will host No. 16 seed Norfolk State in its first NCAA tournament game Friday.
Indiana, Virginia Tech and Stanford took the other No. 1 seeds in the women's bracket. Iowa, Utah, UConn and Maryland were the four No. 2 seeds.
NCAA tournament bracket matchups
Greenville 1 Region:
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Norfolk State
No. 8 South Florida vs. No. 9 Marquette
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Portland
No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 13 Sacramento State
No. 6 Creighton vs. First Four winner (No. 11 Illinois vs. No. 11 Mississippi State)
No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Southern Utah
No. 7 Arizona vs. No. 10 West Virginia
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Holy Cross
Greenville 2 Region:
No. 1. Indiana vs. No. 16 Tennessee Tech
No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Miami
No. 5 Washington State vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast
No. 4 Villanova vs. No. 13 Cleveland State
No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 UNLV
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Hawaii
No. 7 NC State vs. No. 10 Princeton
No. 2 Utah vs. No. 15 Gardner-Webb
Seattle 3 Region:
No. 1 Virginia Tech vs. No. 16 Chattanooga
No. 8 USC vs. No. 9 South Dakota State
No. 5 Iowa State vs. No. 12 Toledo
No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 13 Saint Louis
No. 6 North Carolina vs. First Four winner (No. 11 Purdue vs. No. 11 St. John's)
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 James Madison
No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Alabama
No. 2 UConn vs. No. 15 Vermont
Seattle 4 Region:
No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Southern
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Gonzaga
No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 12 Drake
No. 4 Texas vs. No. 13 East Carolina
No. 6 Colorado vs. No. 11 Middle Tennessee
No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Iona
No. 7 Florida State vs. No. 10 Georgia
No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 SE Louisiana
Conferences with multiple bids
The ACC led the way with eight entries in the tournament, the most of any conference.
The Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12 each sent seven teams, and the Big 12 and Big East sent five.