NCAA’s “if the season ended today” top 20 seeds

The NCAA women’s selection committee announced its top 20 seeds, if the season were to end today. The four number-one seeds are UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Here’s the rationale:

“There were several reasons for [Wednesday’s] unprecedented announcement,” said Dru Hancock, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate commissioner at the Big 12 Conference. “It’s important to keep in mind that [Wednesday’s] announcement has no bearing on the final bracket, but we were able to identify those institutions that are a possible top-20 seed so that they can begin preparations to host first- and second-round play, while also building momentum towards the upcoming championship.”

The 20 seeds:

Team Conference Record

Arizona State, Pac-12 21-3
Baylor, Big 12 22-1
California, Pac-12 18-5
Duke, Atlantic Coast 18-6
Florida State, Atlantic Coast 22-2
George Washington, Atlantic 10 21-2
Iowa, Big Ten 19-4
Kentucky, Southeastern 18-5
Louisville, Atlantic Coast 20-3
Maryland, Big Ten 22-2
North Carolina, Atlantic Coast 19-5
Notre Dame, Atlantic Coast 23-2
Oklahoma, Big 12 15-7
Oregon State, Pac-12 21-2
South Carolina, Southeastern 22-1
Stanford, Pac-12 17-7
Tennessee, Southeastern 20-3
Texas A&M, Southeastern 18-6
UConn, American Athletic 23-1
Washington, Pac-12 18-6

Five teams – 25 percent of the seeds – are from the Pac 12.

Noting the number of unranked teams on the list.

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