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The Women's NCAA bracket is set; No UConn-Tennessee final

Connecticut guard Maya Moore heads upcourt in the

Connecticut guard Maya Moore heads upcourt in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday March 1, 2010, in South Bend, Ind. Connecticut won 76-51 with Moore scoring 17 points. Photo Credit: AP

There weren't a ton of surprises with the women's selections. Here's the bracket.

As expected, Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford and Nebraska got the number one seeds. There was one curious thing, though. Connecticut and Tennessee are on the same side of bracket, meaning they will face each other in the national semifinal as opposed to the championship game.

It is understandable why the committee chose to put Stanford opposite of Connecticut. The Cardinal played the Huskies better than any other team in the country in their 80-68 loss. Stanford actually led UConn at the half. 

But putting Tennessee on the same side, preventing a potential national championship showdown with UConn was a questionable decision at best. The two teams don't play each other during the regular season. Swapping Tennessee with Nebraska wouldn't have hurt.  

The BCS conferences showed their mettle as the Big East and Big 12 got seven teams each, while the ACC and SEC each received six bids.  

But there was some love for the mid-majors, as seven got at-large bids.

One surprise was Hartford, which received an at-large bid out of the America East conference. The AE isn't a multi-bid conference, so some of the snubbed teams will probably have something to say.

The locations rasied a few eye brows, especially in the Dayton bracket. Connecticut will play its first two games in Norfolk, while second-seeded Ohio State will play its opening-round game in Pittsburgh.

Trouble for Oklahoma State. All-American point guard Andrea Riley will miss the Cowboys' first-round game against Chattanooga on Saturday due to an on-court altercation during a NCAA Tournament game against LSU. Per NCAA rules, she has to be suspended for the next tournament game. Surprise. Saturday's game is Oklahoma State's next game.


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