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    The third and final NCAA “top-16 revelation” placed the Huskies as No. 9 overall and dropped them in the greensboro region at the ncaa tournament.

    uconn was placed in spokane in the first reveal and bridgeport in the second, but the selection committee, which strives to keep teams away from conference foes as it builds each region, seemed confused. how could uconn land in the regional close to home like no. 3 seeds without multiple power five conference teams grouped in the same bracket?

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    the path from storrs to bridgeport seemed simple: win the big east tournament outright and expect an upset or two between the teams ahead of the huskies in the latest top 16 snap.

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    uconn came out strong in the big east tournament at mohegan sun arena, winning three games by averaging more than 30 points. the geno auriemma team left nothing to chance at the casino.

    Meanwhile, yes there were disagreements; michigan and lsu, the teams directly ahead of uconn, lost in their first conference tournament games last week. two don’t 1 seeds also lost: south carolina (#1 overall) and louisville (#4 overall).

    All of this makes Sunday’s selection show (8pm, espn) intriguing. South Carolina, the best all-year team in the country, will no doubt retain No. 1 seed and it seems likely to land in greensboro, just a three-hour drive from campus. stanford, the second overall seed coming off the pac-12 tournament title, is sure to be the top seed in spokane.

    the rest? good luck trying to predict the lineup.

    the big 12 tournament is this weekend, with the 16 second seeds baylor and iowa state playing. Baylor, fifth overall at the latest reveal, could replace Louisville as fourth overall and the shortest of no. 1 seeds. that’s assuming baylor runs the table in the conference tournament.

    iowa state was sixth overall and likely won’t be penalized for losing to baylor in the tournament. but a previous loss can damage them.

    uconn? tear up those tickets to spokane or greensboro. all signs point to huskies boarding a bus to bridgeport.

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    This is what to look for on Sunday:

    Huskies at home?

    uconn will host the first two rounds of the tournament at the gampel pavilion in storrs. the road to the final four in minneapolis figures to run through the newly minted total mortgage arena in bridgeport, at least according to those sweating over the bracket.

    espn braces specialist charlie creme was present in the greensboro region until tuesday when he moved the huskies to bridgeport as world no. 2 seeds.

    Under that scenario, the nc state is no. 1 seed in the region. uconn is followed by iowa, oklahoma and oregon. creme’s most recent group has kentucky, south florida and the united states (projected to win the patriot league).

    how did uconn land so directly in bridgeport after that narrative seemed so unlikely? losses to michigan and lsu allowed uconn to jump ahead, firmly planting them as a second seed.

    which also allows the committee to shuffle lower seeds while trying to spread the conference teams among the brackets. conference teams with multiple programs in the top 16 can move more easily if they are not locked into one of the top two spots.

    The Big 12 and Big 10 each had four teams in the latest reveal of the top 16, while the latter had three teams.

    Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Creme said he’s convinced uconn will land in bridgeport. With Paige Bueckers back and the roster healthy, UConn is, on paper, a team that deserves a no. 2 seeds and a spot in bridgeport..

    “I’d be surprised if it didn’t,” Creme said. “it hasn’t happened in any of the reveals but that’s understandable given the way the rest of the country showed up and the fact that uconn was a 3 seed until they got their entire roster back and had that pretty significant and impressive run . through the great east. the bottom line is that you can lock them in bridgeport and lock them in a 2″.

    for the ncaa and the city of bridgeport and uconn…this is ideal. uconn fans bought tickets in anticipation that the team would be in the building formerly known as webster bank arena, so there is a financial incentive to keep u in state.

    not ideal for nc state or any team other than the no. 1 seed assuming louisville or baylor land in wichita as no. 1 seed, nc state will play its sweet 16 and elite eight games before a decidedly pro-uconn crowd.

    good luck with that.

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    Three of the top four seeds in the latest reveal appear locked in: south carolina, stanford and nc state. The Gamecocks (29-2) were defeated by Kentucky in the second tournament, but remained No. 1 in the latest associated press poll.

    stanford (28-3) received 11 of 28 first-place votes. The defending national champion is seen as a hair behind South Carolina, but the teams have been 1-2 at the top of the poll for the past 12 weeks.

    Their regions also seem set. Greensboro is a geographic bounty for the South Carolina season as the no. 1 team in the country from start to finish. a spot in spokane will keep stanford in the pacific time zone en route to the final four.

    nc state (29-3) began the season fifth in the country and finished third, stringing together a consistent season: all three losses came against ranked teams (south carolina, georgia, notre dame).

    in the acc tournament, nc state beat miami in the title game after the hurricanes advanced with upset victories over louisville and notre dame.

    Speaking of Louisville… the Cardinals’ inability to advance beyond the quarterfinals of their conference tournament could cost them a no. 1 seed in the ncaa tournament. Baylor, under freshman coach Nicki Collen, rose from fifth to fourth in the latest AP poll and a run through their conference tournament could result in a No. 1 seed.

    about the big 12 tournament…

    there are conference tournaments coming up this weekend, including the big 12 in kansas city.

    baylor (27-5) opened with a win over oklahoma state on friday afternoon and beat oklahoma in the semifinals on saturday.

    Iowa State was a second seed in the last reveal, but the Cyclones lost to Texas in the semifinals on Saturday. that apparently opens the door more for uconn to gain a second seed.

    creme, however, said uconn’s place as the No. 2 seed in bridgeport is secure, regardless of what happened in kansas city.

    “unless texas wins it all, but i would still have uconn ahead of texas and move texas to line 2,” creme said on friday. “i guess if the state of iowa won it all, we could have a conversation about that. i still think i would put uconn ahead of the state of iowa given what uconn is now compared to what they were even, what, three weeks ago?

    “theoretically, if baylor were to lose here in the big 12 quarterfinals, which would be a monumental story, uconn could go to no. 5 in general, I think, but I don’t think they can go to line 1, but no. 5 or not. 6 generally still puts them in bridgeport.”

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