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Women's NCAA Tourney field announced

There was no surprise in the women's NCAA Tournament field as Connecticut, Baylor, Stanford and Tennessee were awarded the top seeds. 

Connecticut is the top seed in the Philadelphia region. Duke, DePaul and Maryland were seeded second through fourth. Tennessee is the No.1 seed in the Dayton region. Notre Dame, Miami and Ohio State earned seeds two through four.

Sorry, UConn and Tennessee won't meet in the championship game. They could meet in a National Semifinal, though.

Baylor was No.1 in the Dallas region, with Texas A&M, Florida State and Michigan State taking the next three seeds. Stanford is the No.1 seed in the Spokane region. Xavier is the second seed, with UCLA and Kentucky getting the third and fourth seeds in the region.

Here are some more tournament tidbits: An NCAA-record nine Big East teams earned bids to the tournament. There are some who believe the conference could've gotten a 10th-seed in Syracuse. No such luck.

Conference breakdown: Big East (9), Big 12 (7), ACC (6), Big Ten (5), SEC (4), Pac-10 (3), Atlantic 10 (3), Conference USA (2), WAC (2), Sun Belt (2). The rest all received one bid.

Three mid-major teams -Louisiana Tech, Houston, Middle Tennessee State- earned at-large bids. There are several other mid-major teams to be on the lookout for, including Marist (30-2), which is riding a 26-game winning streak and Wisconsin-Green Bay (32-1) is on a 23-game streak.

Middle Tennessee State is mourning the death of junior point guard Tina Stewart, who was died of a fatal stabbing on March 2. The Raiders lost in their first game after Stewart's death, a Sun Belt quarterfinal. They received an at-large bid regardless.

Tennessee is making its 30th tournament appearance. In other words, the Volunteers have been apart of every women's NCAA Tournament.

First-round games begin on Saturday.

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