Rutgers vs Buffalo : The Rutgers women’s basketball team will be a No. 7 seed in 10 Buffalo in a Friday first-round game at Gampel Pavilion.Rutgers needs to be aggressive from the opening tip and not let Buffalo get comfortable on the offensive end,Rutgers guard Arella Guirantes (24) drives on Iowa forward Megan Gustafson (10) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball semifinal game at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis.
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They usually do. But a No. 16 seed won on the women’s side in 1998 (Harvard), and it finally happened in the men’s tournament last year (UMBC). So hope springs eternal, right?
Still, it’s mostly just about seeing how sharp the No. 1s look. Along with Louisville opening Friday, Portland Regional top seed Mississippi State meets Southern (9 p.m. ET).
The other two No. 1 seeds play Saturday: Chicago Regional’s Notre Dame takes on Bethune-Cookman (11 a.m. ET), while Greensboro Regional’s Baylor faces Abilene Christian (5:30 p.m. ET).
Nancy Mulkey, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center who was the C-USA tournament MVP, helped lead Rice back to the women’s NCAA tournament after a 14-year hiatus. AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter
Where to look for upsets?
Last year, there were nine first-round upsets, and the No. 6 vs. No. 11 game produced three of them. Two of those teams — Buffalo and Central Michigan — went on to the Sweet 16. Could the Bulls and Chippewas of the Mid-American Conference do it again?
2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament — Albany Regional preview
UConn and Louisville could be on course for a rematch in the Elite Eight. All four top seeds in Albany are favored to reach the regional semifinals.
2019 NCAA women’s basketball tournament: Greensboro Regional preview
Baylor’s Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown form one of the country’s most formidable frontcourts. But Greensboro is loaded with talented post players.
2019 women’s NCAA tournament TV times, maps and channels
Looking for how to watch each women’s NCAA tournament game? We have you covered from the first round through the Final Four.
No. 10 Buffalo faces No. 7 Rutgers (4:30 p.m. ET, Friday) in the Albany Regional; the Scarlet Knights are without coach C. Vivian Stringer, who is missing the postseason to rest on doctor’s orders. The Bulls won the MAC tournament and feature Cierra Dillard, who’s second in Division I in scoring (25.2 PPG).
No. 8 Central Michigan faces No. 9 Michigan State of the Big Ten, which should be a fun battle on Saturday (1 p.m. ET) in the Chicago Regional.
Check out Conference USA champion Rice. The No. 12 Owls, in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005, are on a 21-game winning streak. They feature 6-foot-9 center Nancy Mulkey and the C-USA player of the year, guard Erica Ogwumike. Rice meets No. 5 Marquette — coming off a tough loss to rival DePaul in the Big East tournament final — on Friday (2 p.m. ET) in the Chicago Regional.
In the Albany Regional, No. 1 seed Louisville should have back guard Arica Carter (leg), who missed the ACC tournament final, and forward Sam Fuehring (ankle), who was injured in that game and limited to 12 minutes. The Cardinals, who missed both of them in falling to Notre Dame, play in the NCAA tournament’s first game against No. 16 Robert Morris (noon ET).
Also in the Albany Regional, No. 2 UConn is set to welcome back senior guard Katie Lou Samuelson (back) against No. 15 Towson (7 p.m. ET, Friday). Even with Samuelson sidelined, the Huskies won the AAC tournament.
Texas A&M, No. 4 in the Chicago Regional, was without guard Chennedy Carter (broken finger) in the SEC tournament and was upset in the semifinals. The Aggies meet No. 13 Wright State (4 p.m. ET, Friday), and Carter, the SEC’s leading scorer, is expected to play. She had one of the biggest games of the tournament last year, scoring 37 points to rally Texas A&M past DePaul 80-79 in the second round.
Keep an eye on both games at Miami on Friday. Arizona State is the No. 5 seed in the Portland Regional but might feel at a disadvantage traveling across three time zones to face No. 12 UCF (7 p.m. ET), which only had to travel about 240 miles south from Orlando, Florida. Host Miami, the No. 4 seed, then faces No. 13 Florida Gulf Coast (9 p.m. ET).
UCF has six losses this season, but three of them were to UConn. FGCU won the Atlantic Sun tournament for the sixth time, and the Eagles are on a 19-game winning streak. Miami barely avoided an upset at home against FGCU, 62-60, when these teams battled in a 4-13 game in 2017.
Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champ Drake didn’t play well in the MVC tournament title game, losing to Missouri State. It was just the Bulldogs’ second loss to a league team in three years. Can they bounce back to win the program’s first NCAA tournament game since 2002, when Drake made the Sweet 16? The No. 10 Bulldogs face No. 7 Missouri in the Greensboro Regional on Friday (4 p.m. ET) at Iowa.