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Women's Notre Dame Region bracket breakdown

Jewell Loyd (32) and Notre Dame are one of two undefeated teams in the country entering the NCAA Tournament.

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Jewell Loyd (32) and Notre Dame are one of two undefeated teams in the country entering the NCAA Tournament.

The favorite

Notre Dame. The Irish have made three national championship appearances, winning one title. Experience and depth helped carry them to an undefeated year in their first season in ACC play. Notre Dame is second nationally in scoring. Fans are hoping for a Notre Dame-UConn national championship: a battle of two undefeated teams.

Other contenders

Baylor has title experience and 29 victories in the Big 12 this season. Kentucky won 24 games playing in the toughest conference in the nation and advanced to the Elite Eight last season, and the Wildcats have the talent to make a run.

Best player

Odyssey Sims, Baylor. The senior point guard has national title experience and a fiercely competitive nature. She has four games with 40 or more points.

Dream matchup

Notre Dame-Baylor. Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Baylor's Kim Mulkey are two of the best coaches in the nation, with teams to match. A matchup between teams led by floor generals Sims and Notre Dame point guard Kayla McBride would be worth the price of admission.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

Women's Notre Dame Region bracket breakdown 03/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:31pm]
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