David Hooper of SB Nation's Tennessee site Rocky Top Talk explained the unique seeding process for the NCAA women's basketball tournament before taking a look at the potential #2 seeds this morning.
Of course, his focus was on where the Tennessee Lady Vols might land, but he also offers a brief look at who they're "competing with" for a second seed: the Delaware Blue Hens, the Duke Blue Devils, the Kentucky Wildcats, and the Maryland Terrapins.
Maryland will be the top two seed by virtue of winning the ACC, so they'll go to Raleigh. Even though Duke is closer to Raleigh, Maryland gets first dibs. Duke then goes to Kingston as the likely #2 two seed. The only way Tennessee goes to Kingston is to be the second two seed, which means being ranked above Duke or Maryland. I don't see that happening.
Tennessee will be the third two seed, which places them in Ames, Iowa where Baylor waits. Early-season Tennessee played Baylor tough and could realistically pull the upset. Late-season Tennessee is a question mark but the SEC tournament at least gives reason to hope.
Either Kentucky or Delaware will be the final two seed and will go to Fresno.
Here's a look at some of the numbers that might factor into the placement of these five 2-seed candidates:
Which of these five teams should NOT get a No. 2 seed?
Delaware Blue Hens (31 votes)
Duke Blue Devils (7 votes)
Kentucky Wildcats (9 votes)
Maryland Terrapins (3 votes)
Tennessee Lady Vols (27 votes)
77 total votes