UConn women a No. 2 seed, will face Towson in the first round of NCAA Tournament

March 18, 2019

The UConn women’s basketball team landed as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament Albany Regional and will begin its quest for a 12th national championship Friday night against Towson.

The Huskies (31-2) are No. 2 in the Associated Press poll, but the selection committee placed Louisville (29-3) as No. 1 in the regional — perhaps a reflection of UConn’s weak American Athletic Conference schedule. It’s the first time since 2006 that UConn is not a No. 1 seed.

UConn opens at Gampel Pavilion Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson (20-12), making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.

The NCAA women’s bracket was supposed to be revealed on ESPN at 7 p.m. Monday, but the network inadvertently displayed the backet on screen in the afternoon. So the bracket was officially unveiled early.

The other game in Storrs Friday: No. 7 Rutgers vs. No. 10 Buffalo at 4:30 p.m.

Also in the Albany bracket, top seed Louisville will face No. 16 Robert Morris and No. 3 Maryland will open with No 14 Radford. Rounding out the top five seeds are No. 4 Oregon State facing No. 13 Boise State and No. 5 Gonzaga playing No. 12 Little Rock.

Quinnipiac, an 11th seed in the Portland Regional, will open with No. 6 South Dakota State Saturday in Syracuse.