Home advantage: Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Stephen F. Austin nab spots in Texas-hosted women’s NCAA Tournament

(Baylor Women's Basketball photo courtesy Getty Images.)
(Baylor Women's Basketball photo courtesy Getty Images.)

HOUSTON – Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, and Stephen F. Austin got four of the spots in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament hosted entirely in Texas.

Similar to how the men’s tournament will be played entirely in Indiana this year due to COVID-19 concerns, the women’s tournament will be held entirely in Texas.

So clearly, there will be relatively less travel for the four Texas schools in the tournament. Baylor is the defending national champion from the last time the tournament was held in 2019.

UConn is in its normal spot with a No. 1 seed for the women’s NCAA Tournament. Familiar territory for Stanford and South Carolina, too.

It’s a brand new day for North Carolina State. And the Huskies, while used to their position in the bracket, are facing some uncertainty after coach Geno Auriemma tested positive for the coronavirus.

N.C. State is a No. 1 seed for the first time, joining Stanford, South Carolina and Connecticut on the top lines for the San Antonio-themed regions for the women's tourney. The Cardinal earned the overall No. 1 when the field was revealed Monday night.

“The No. 1 seed is a is a great honor, obviously,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. “Y’all know me, I’d rather just stayed a No. 2 and laid low.”

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer downplayed being the top choice.