The Huskies have wins over 10 ranked opponents, including projected No. 1 seed Louisville and perennial power SC.
"That was one game of 33 that Syracuse played, " Rasmussen said. Notre Dame has been a top seed the last seven years. I told them, 'One down, two to go to get to the Garden'.
The four projected No. 1 seeds have six losses combined, with Notre Dame's three and Louisville's two joining Mississippi State's defeat to SC.
The Ducks could stay out west and play in Spokane, where coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga's coach. In fact, if seeds hold, we could be looking at four incredible Elite Eight matchups. Sexton, who scored 40 points in November in an 89-84 loss to Minnesota, has posted between 21 and 31 points in each of the Crimson Tide's last four games, leading them to a run to the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals that may have paved the way to the NCAA tournament.
Buffalo (27-5) is an 11-seed after losing to Central Michigan in the MAC championship. While a favorable matchup against No. 10 Virginia in the first round bodes well, a potential bout with the Gamecocks in SC seems particularly daunting.
The team enters the tournament as a No. 1 seed for the 21 time in program history and the 12 consecutive season.
"You can't overstate it", Gottlieb said about the importance of scheduling tough nonconference games on the road.
Outside of the top two seeds, there could be some fireworks.
Rutgers, which finished 20-12, was left off despite having beaten Minnesota head-to-head.
Senior Saniya Chong, not Dangerfield, was on the court when Mississippi State's Morgan William hit the overtime game-winner in Dallas.
At the top of the list will be Mississippi State, defending champion South Carolina, Notre Dame and Louisville.
"Brackets are brackets. There are good teams in every bracket", UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. The number one seed for the Albany bracket is the U Conn women.
It's been a rough year for the UConn men's basketball team, but the UConn women showed once again that they're the best team in college basketball. Oklahoma, which went 16-14, was given a 12 seed and an at-large bid.
The victor likely gets UConn. "We saw that past year".