Despite conference crowns, USF women get No. 8 seed in NCAA Tournament

Joey Knight, Tampa Bay Times
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An unprecedented regular season for the USF women’s basketball team didn’t translate to an unprecedented NCAA Tournament seeding.

The 19th-ranked Bulls (18-3), who won the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament crowns, begin NCAA Tournament play Sunday as a No. 8 seed in the Mercado Region in San Antonio, Texas. The Bulls face No. 9 Washington State (12-11) Sunday night at 9:30 on ESPN2.

The Bulls’ reward should they win: a game against top-seeded North Carolina State (20-2), which topped fifth-ranked Louisville, 58-56, in Sunday’s ACC tournament final.

USF’s seeding, one spot lower than projected by ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme, represents a small consolation in that the Bulls will be in a different region than former conference nemesis Connecticut. In its six previous NCAA appearances, USF was placed in UConn’s bracket four times.

Bulls coach Jose Fernandez is expected to address the media later Monday evening.

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