The NCAA revealed Sunday night the final eight teams under consideration for the last four spots in the tournament.
UConn, Notre Dame and Louisville are No. 1 seeds in the women's basketball NCAA Tournament.
The full bracket for the women's tournament can be found here. The Gamecocks are seeded second. The Bulldogs lost the title game a year ago after snapping UConn's 111-game winning streak in the Final Four, and they followed up their 34-5 2016-17 campaign with an undefeated regular season.
To them, you can't spell miracle without ACL, which sidelined four Notre Dame players - senior forward Brianna Turner, senior point guards Mychal Johnson and Lili Thompson and freshman forward Mikayla Vaughn - before the turn of the New Year, and even as far back as last March for Turner.
This year's other No. 1 seeds are Notre Dame, Louisville and Mississippi State. This spring marks the first time the team has earned a No. 1 seed, and with both SC and UConn on the opposite side of the bracket in the same region, the Bulldogs wouldn't face either of their toughest opponents until the championship, should they make it.
Quinnipiac, (27-5) last year's Cinderella, is the No. 9 seed in the Albany Regional and will face No. 8 Miami on Saturday in a rematch of last year's second-round upset. Notre Dame has been a top seed the past seven years.
It also provides the other No. 1 seeds with one fewer foe to take on at the Final Four, as SC is easily the most unsafe of the No. 2 seeds. Two of those losses came to Louisville.
The Irish are the #1 seed in the Spokane region and will open up NCAA Tournament play Friday at 5pm at Purcell Pavilion against 16th seeded Big West Conference champion, Cal St Northridge.
OR coach Kelly Graves is very familiar with Spokane, having coached Gonzaga from 2000-1014, leading the Zags to a regional final in 2012. The Cardinals open up against Boise State and are one of eight ACC teams in the field. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region. He guided the Waves from 1996 through '99, going 42-44 in his first head-coaching job, then was head coach at Saint Louis before 15 years at the helm of UW, where he was a three-time Pac-12 Coach of the Year. While the Lady Vols have been in the NCAA Tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances. The Cardinals will likely get Stanford or a potentially underrated Missouri team in the Sweet Sixteen.
Oklahoma got in with a 16-14 record - the fewest wins for an at-large team since 2005 - a day after the Oklahoma men got an at-large berth with an 18-13 record and losses in 11 of their final 15 games.