Twitter in Disbelief as UConn Gets a 2nd Seed in NCAA Women's Tournament BracketMarch 19, 2019
The Connecticut Huskies will have to approach the 2019 NCAA women's tournament with a somewhat different mindset. For the first time since 2006, the Huskies didn't receive a No. 1 seed.
Instead, UConn is the No. 2 seed in the Albany Regional, with the Louisville Cardinals sitting first.
The selection committee's decision came as a surprise to many. Leaving aside the Huskies' historical track record, they finished the regular season 31-2, with their defeats coming on the road against Louisville and the Baylor Lady Bears—another No. 1 seed.
UConn also sits second in the AP Top 25 poll and sixth in RPI.
Louisville doesn't exactly benefit from the perceived slight toward the Huskies. The Cardinals might be the No. 1 seed, but they'll have a farther journey to Albany, New York, than UConn. Were Louisville and UConn to play in the Elite Eight, the Huskies would potentially have a partisan crowd cheering them on.
Connecticut's slip to the second seed was likely more of an indictment of the American Athletic Conference as a whole.
Seven of the conference's 12 teams finished with an even or losing record, and the Huskies are the only ranked team in the AAC. The UCF Knights are the AAC's second-best team in RPI (15th). Then you have to go all the way down to No. 77 to find the third-best team (the Cincinnati Bearcats).
Debbie Antonelli @debbieantonelli
Not shocked UConn a 2 seed or in Albany. When committee revealed UCF as bubble team yday & UCF was 3 of the 6 quality wins UCONN had this yr, UCONN should be a 2 seed & UCF was in the field. @ncaawbb @ESPN_WomenHoop Why Louisville in Albany is question for me? S Curve? G Curve?
Selection Monday could be a blessing in disguise for UConn head coach Geno Auriemma.
His players will already be looking to atone for back-to-back exits in the national semifinals. Now they can add the tournament seeding to their list of motivators ahead of the Big Dance.