No. 1 seeds not half bad in New Orleans

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With Connecticut and Notre Dame colliding in the semifinals, the national championship game is guaranteed to feature one top seed.

Notre Dame and Connecticut are carrying the torch for the No. 1 seeds this year at the Final Four in New Orleans. Since the start of the women’s NCAA tournament, at least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four every year. But only twice have all four of the top seeds made it. The first time was in 1989 with Auburn, Louisiana Tech, Maryland and Tennessee. The most recent was last year with Baylor, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Stanford. The Sweet 16 was the stumbling site for half of the top seeds this year. Baylor was tripped up by Louisville, and Stanford was knocked out by Georgia.

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