Notre Dame cruises past Hampton 84-63 in NIT opener

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If defending national champion SC is to make it back to the Final Four for a second straight season, it will most likely have to do so by taking down No. 1 CT in the Elite Eight. "As the former Gonzaga coach, it was one of the highlights of my professional life, when we made it to Elite Eight". Its only loss of the season came in the SEC Tournament finale against an upstart SC squad, the same one that also took it down in last year's national championship game.

Louisville (32-2) beat Notre Dame 74-72 to claim the ACC Tournament championship March 4.

For three teams and all-but-certainly UConn, a season long goal of making it to the Final Four with a shot at a national championship will finally be realized in Buckeye country.

"So that would mean we're going to be a little bit different team", Auriemma said.

Notre Dame will host the victor of Wednesday's game between Temple and Penn State in the second round.

The Irish are the #1 seed in the Spokane region and will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 5pm at Purcell Pavilion against 16th seeded Big West Conference champion, Cal St Northridge.

They had hopes of drawing a higher seed - possibly as high as No. 14 - but the selection committee instead paired them against a No. 1 seed.

Junior Asia Durr was named ACC Player of the Year, marking the second time in the last three years that a Louisville player has earned the honor as senior Myisha Hines-Allen was named ACC Player of the Year following her sophomore campaign.

Follow @ncaawbb The most decorated women's basketball program in history, UConn was shocked a year ago, when the Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Huskies, 66-64 in overtime in the national semifinals at the 2017 Women's Final Four in Dallas.

Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance. This might be one of coach Muffet McGraw's finest accomplishments as Notre Dame lost four pivotal players to injury, but only three games on the season.

Tennessee continues its appearance streak and remains the only school to participate in all 37 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championships since its inception in 1982. The game time will be determined following the first round games.

Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record - the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005 - a day after the Oklahoma men got an at-large berth with an 18-13 record and losses in 11 of their final 15 games. And then you go, 'Huh, we were ready for this.' Or, 'We weren't.' ... But of course both teams will have to navigate a tough road to get there.