The Pac-12 Champion USC Trojans have already punched their ticket to the women’s big dance, and are anxiously awaiting their destination for the first round of the NCAA Tournament. According to Charlie Creme’s final Bracketology for ESPN, the Women of Troy are predicted to be headed to back to Seattle as an 11th seed, where they could presumably face the Gonzaga Lady Bulldogs at UW’s Hec Ed.
Should the Trojans get by Gonzaga, looming in the second round of Creme’s projection would be a matchup with No. 3 seed Nebraska, who oddly enough host the Lincoln regional.
The most interesting caveat of Creme’s projections other than USC’s seeding could be that he sees the Trojans landing in UConn’s region. Geno Auriemma’s Lady Huskies are currently ranked as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation and sport a very UConn-esque 33-0 record.
As for the official seeding, it won’t be announced until 4:00 p.m. Pacific today, during a live selection show on ESPN.
This will be USC’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006, when the Women of Troy were dispatched by No. 1 seed and eventual tournament runner-up Duke in the Round of 32.
USC hasn’t reached the Sweet Sixteen since getting to the Elite Eight in 1994. As luck would have it, the 1994 team relates well to this year’s squad, as they won the Pac-12 in Cheryl Miller’s first season. Miller’s sidekick on the two-time NCAA champion Women of Troy teams in the early 1980s was of course Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who is in her first season at the helm of the Trojans.