UConn discovered Monday under what circumstances they will pursue an eighth national championship.
The Huskies (29-4) are the top seed in the Bridgeport Regional and will play No. 16 Idaho (17-15) in the first round Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Gampel Pavilion.
“It’s like any other year you are fortunate to be a No. 1 seed and you get a 16th seed,” Geno Auriemma said. “You don’t know as much about them as you’d like. But as of Saturday, we’ll know everything there is to know about them.”
The Huskies (29-4) would then play of winner an 8-9 match-up between Vanderbilt (20-11) of the SEC and St. Joseph (23-8), the Atlantic 10 champion, on Monday.
Kentucky (27-5) is the No. 2 team in the bracket. The Huskies defeated them in the Elite 8 last season in Kingston, R.I. North Carolina (28-6) is No. 3.
Maryland is the No. 4 seed and will play No. 13 Quinnipiac in the first round at 11:15 a.m., in College Park, Md.
Delaware (30-3), the CAA champion, featuring All-American Elena Delle Donne, is the sixth seed. All the Blue Hens need to do to get to the Sweet 16 in Bridgeport is win two their first two tournament games at home. But that would involve beating West Virginia and likely North Carolina.
UConn and Notre Dame, another No. 1 seed [Norfolk] are bracketed so they would conceivably meet in a third straight national semifinal in New Orleans.
The Huskies will be trying to make a record sixth straight Final Four.
“We have a lot of games remaining to play,” Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis said. “We are going to win them all. And we’ll meet up with them [Notre Dame] again.”
Defending national champion Baylor (Oklahoma City) and Stanford (Spokane) are the other No. 1 seeds. The two seeds are California (Stanford), Tennessee (Baylor) and Duke (Notre Dame)