Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Notre Dame cruises past Hampton 84-63 in NIT opener

Notre Dame cruises past Hampton 84-63 in NIT opener

"You have to start somewhere in this tournament", Irish head coach Mike Brey said.

Florida State and Georgia are the other top seeds in the Huskies' part of the bracket.

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.

But the beauty of the NCAA Tournament is that once the games begin, the controversy is forgotten.

In the first and second rounds of the women's tournament, games are played on the home courts of the top 16 seeds.

Irish sophomore wing Nikola Djogo jumps for a dunk during Notre Dame's 84-63 win over Hampton on Tuesday at Purcell Pavilion in the first round of the NIT.

Marquette hopes to avenge last year's team, which lost 68-65 against Quinnipiac in the tournament's first round after entering the tournament with a five-seed, the highest in program history.

"You've heard me say can't overcomplicate it", Bennett said. I love playing Friday at 5.

No. 2 seed OR has never made the Final Four, and No. 3 Ohio State last made the Elite Eight 25 years ago. Its No. 3 seed, Tennessee, was the seventh seed in the SEC tourney. On the other end of the spectrum, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle are all making their first NCAA tournament appearance.

Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance.

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Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 29-3 record with losses to UConn on December 3rd and twice to Louisville on January 11th and then in the ACC Tournament Championship game on March 4th.

There was an outside chance the Notre Dame was not going to get a 1-seed. So let's make the ladies feel welcome as the MAAC and Times Union Center Present the 2018 Women's NCAA regional round of hoops. With most of their players back from last season's runner-up finish - including Morgan William, who hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off UConn - the Bulldogs hope to make another deep NCAA run.

Snubbed? Purdue, Rutgers, USC, West Virginia.

"We spent nearly seven hours on that decision of who those last four teams in and first four out were", NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett said.

Dayton and Buffalo both made the tournament as at-large teams from mid-major conferences.

Which way do we go? .

Bennett said Oklahoma's strength of schedule, which was second best in the country, was a key to its selection.

The NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed Monday night and it was full of both the expected and the shocking.

Also, No. 4 seed Ohio State could be the strongest team out of the Big Ten this year, as Keita Bates Diop exploded onto the scene this season becoming a finalist for the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award.

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