NCAA women's tournament set to start with wide open field

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NEW YORK (AP) It's going to be tough to top last season's NCAA women's tournament after one of the most exciting Final Four in the sports' history.

Yet if the regular season is any indication, this could be a wild three weeks. There were six upsets by double-digit seeds in the opening round last year. This could be the season that a 14 or 15 seed breaks through and wins for the first time in the NCAAs.

There are several teams with legit chances to win it all, though Notre Dame and Baylor are the likely favorites to cut down the nets as the top seeds in the tournament. The Irish return most of the squad from last year's championship run, including Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, Arike Ogunbowale.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Baylor31-1
2 Connecticut31-2
3 Notre Dame30-3
4 Mississippi State30-2
5 Louisville29-3
6 Stanford28-4
7 Oregon29-4
8 Iowa26-6
9 Maryland28-4
10 North Carolina State26-5
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Notre Dame30-3
2 Baylor31-1
3 Louisville29-3
4 Stanford28-4
5 Oregon29-4
6 Connecticut31-2
7 Iowa26-6
8 Mississippi State30-2
9 North Carolina State26-5
10 Syracuse24-8
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