Team to watch
Last season, South Carolina (31-1) made its first ever appearance in the Final Four, losing to Notre Dame in the NCAA semifinal. This season, the Gamecocks could be on their way to turning that feat into a trend.
With the help of leading scorer F A'ja Wilson, top-seeded South Carolina has rolled through its regular season, losing only to Connecticut, 66-54, and three Gamecocks average double-digit points, giving South Carolina scoring threats all over the floor.
South Carolina had one of the toughest schedules in the nation this season, but it still beat its opponents by an average of 17.9 points.
Last season, Princeton became the second Ivy League team to win an NCAA Tournament game when it beat Green Bay 80-70. Could last year's mojo carry over? The No. 11-seeded Tigers will have a challenge in round one when it takes on No. 6 West Virginia, a team that has two victories against Top 25 teams.
Did you know?
At No. 7, Tennessee received the lowest seed it has ever had in the NCAA Tournament. The Vols' 13 losses are also the most they have ever had; their second worst season was in 2008-09, when Tennessee finished 22-11. Still, Tennessee is the only team to appear in every NCAA Tournament.
Kelly Parsons, Times staff writer