Notre Dame women's basketball team No. 1 seed in Chicago Regional

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NEW YORK (AP, WNDU) - Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the top seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament.

The bracket was mistakenly put out early on ESPNU several hours before the network had its selection show on Monday night. In 2016, the men's bracket was leaked online during the selection show.

The No. 1 Lady Bears are the top team in the Greensboro Regional.

Defending champion Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed in Chicago. They'll host Bethune-Cookman at Notre Dame on Saturday.

The Fighting Irish will play in Chicago if they make the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

"We're excited that we were able to earn the spot in Chicago in that regional, but of course, two really tough games at home before we even think about getting there," Irish women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw said. "That's one thing that we really have to be able to focus on, because the team doesn't want to look ahead to Chicago, we have to take care of business here."

"We are playing great basketball right now," McGraw added. "I think all five of our starters are just playing right to their potential. I think they're doing everything they can do. We're playing well as a team, our chemistry's terrific, we're even playing a little better defensively. I love the way we're rebounding, but our offense has really been on point."

The #2 seed in their regional is Stanford.

Mississippi State is the No. 1 team in the Portland Regional where Oregon is the second seed. Louisville is the top choice in the Albany Regional where potentially No. 2 UConn waits.

It's the first time since 2006 that the Huskies aren't a No. 1 seed. Tennessee sneaked in to the field as an 11-seed. The Lady Vols have been in every NCAA Tournament since the first one in 1982.

ESPN apologized for its error and aired an early selection show to release the brackets.

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3/18/2019 5:07:00 PM (GMT -4:00)