In the third and final top 16 reveal by the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, Baylor was seeded fifth. With this final reveal, the committee also revealed which region each of the 16 teams would be in.
If the season ended Sunday, the Lady Bears would be the second seed in the Lexington region. Louisville would be the top seed, Tennessee would be third and Ohio State would be fourth. Overall, Louisville is ranked third by the committee, Tennessee 12th and Ohio State 13th.
“This third reveal presented a number of challenges for the committee,” said Rhonda Lundin Bennett, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at the University of Nevada, in a press release. “Based on results over the last several weeks, identifying those teams on the number four seed line versus those teams just outside of the top 16 became even more difficult as those teams all possessed similar looking resumes. The committee will be paying close attention as the regular season concludes and conference tournaments help to clarify much of the discussion we had for this announcement.”
In the first reveal on Jan. 18, Baylor was ranked No. 9 overall, but then the Lady Bears jumped up to No. 6 in the Feb. 1 reveal.
Three weeks remain until Selection Monday on March 12. The first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be played March 16-19 on the home courts of the top 16 seeds. Regional action will take place March 23-26, with Kansas City, Missouri (Sprint Center) and Lexington, Kentucky (Rupp Arena) hosting on March 23 and 25, while Albany, New York (Times Union Center) and Spokane, Washington (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena) will host regional games on March 24 and 26.
The 2018 Women’s Final Four will be held March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.