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With NCAA women's regional coming to Sprint Center, Kansas City awaits bracket reveal

Sophie Cunningham and Missouri are a virtual lock to make the field for the NCAA women’s tournament. The tournament bracket will be released on Monday.
Sophie Cunningham and Missouri are a virtual lock to make the field for the NCAA women’s tournament. The tournament bracket will be released on Monday. The Associated Press

A day after the NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket is unveiled, the top women’s players in the nation await their fate.

Some of them will be heading to Kansas City.

Eventually.

The NCAA women’s tournament bracket will be released as part of a Selection Monday show at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

The Sprint Center will be host to one of the four regionals for the tournament, determining one of the Final Four participants. The Sweet 16 matchups will be played in a doubleheader on March 23, with the Elite Eight game set for March 25.

Missouri is a virtual lock to be part of the field. The Tigers are projected to be a No. 5 seed, per ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme. But that would send them away from the Kansas City regional.

“When you see Mizzou go that far away, it’s not helping us move any tickets,” Kansas City Sports Commission president Kathy Nelson told The Star last month, after the NCAA selection committee revealed its top 16 seeds, which had Missouri headed to the regional in Spokane, Wash.

Connecticut, Mississippi State, Louisville and Notre Dame are the projected No. 1 seeds for the tournament. Creme further has Mississippi State (No. 1), Texas (No. 2), UCLA (No. 3) and North Carolina State (No. 4) as the top four seeds in the Kansas City regional.

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