The ladies brace will be announced Monday in a screening program at 7pm Eastern on ESPN. The regular elite teams will be there, but others have a real chance of winning a championship this year.
Blue chip programs reigned supreme this season. Six of the top ten teams in the Associated Press poll won at least one title; only two have never been in a Final Four.
But the high rankings of persistent contestants like Stanford, Baylor, Louisville and, yes, UConn obscure the fact that there is a much more level playing field at the top of the game than it has in years, as evidenced by the split votes for number 1 col.
UConn is the only team in the top 25 with just one loss, but the Huskies played a relatively easy schedule. Among their peers at the top, there is no clear forerunner, setting the scene for close Elite Eight matches.
Hours before the scheduled announcement of the ladies brace, UConn announced that its coach, Geno Auriemma, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. The Huskies are expected to travel to the tournament without him while secluded at home.