Women: Second-half collapse ends LSU’s quest for a No. 1 seed

Women: Second-half collapse ends LSU’s quest for a No. 1 seed

By Charlie Creme Updated: 3/5/2023 at 1: 00 a.m. ET

The women’s NCAA tournament will undergo significant change for the second consecutive season. The field expanded to 68 teams last year. This season, the customary four regional sites have been reduced to two: Seattle and Greenville, South Carolina. The top 16 teams will continue to host the first and second rounds, and the First Four games will again be played at the site of the first-round games to which they feed. Defending champion South Carolina is the heavy favorite, and the Gamecocks seek to become the first repeat champions since UConn in 2015-16. The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Bracket Watch

LSU’s second-half collapse and loss to Tennessee in the SEC semifinals could mean a huge swing in the Tigers’ seed. LSU had put itself back in position to make a run at a No. 1 seed. With an impressive win over the Lady Vols and an upset of — or perhaps just a good, competitive performance against — South Carolina, the Tigers could have landed on the top line. The door was open; they had gotten help from losses by Maryland, Stanford and Utah. Instead, LSU is now in danger of dropping to a 3-seed. With Ohio State playing for the Big Ten title and UConn getting Azzi Fudd back, the Buckeyes and Huskies are on the verge of catching the Tigers. The Terps and Cardinal had the depth of quality wins on the résumé to withstand early conference tournament defeats. LSU did not, making the loss to Tennessee so consequential and potentially season-changing.

On the Bubble

68-Team Bracket

Greenville 1

Chapel Hill
Salt Lake City

Seattle 4

College Park
Los Angeles

Greenville 2

Baton Rouge

Seattle 3

South Bend
Iowa City

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