The Irish are in the Spokane Regional and open up against Cal State Northridge on Friday. If Notre Dame advances, the Irish would head out west to potentially face No. 2 seed Oregon.
The Ducks potentially could stay out west and play in Spokane, where Coach Kelly Graves spent many years as Gonzaga’s head coach. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the third and fourth seeds in that region.
Louisville won the A.C.C. for the first time this season. The Cardinals open up against Boise State and are one of eight A.C.C. teams in the field. The SEC has seven teams in the tournament, while the Pacific-12 has six.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity,” Louisville Coach Jeff Walz said. “We’re excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams. If we’re fortunate enough to advance, we get the opportunity to play in Lexington, which would be great for our fans.”
The Lexington Regional is stacked with former N.C.A.A. tournament winners: Baylor is the No. 2 seed, Tennessee No. 3 and Stanford No. 4. Stanford potentially is headed to Lexington for the third straight year if it can advance.
While Tennessee has been in the tournament every year since it began in 1982, Nicholls State, Northern Colorado, Mercer and Seattle will be making their first appearances.
Mississippi State is a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. The Bulldogs won their first 32 games this season before losing to South Carolina in the SEC title game. With most of their players back from last season’s runner-up finish — including Morgan Williams, who hit the game-winner in overtime to knock off UConn — the Bulldogs hope to make another deep N.C.A.A. run.
The N.C.A.A. revealed Sunday the final eight teams under consideration for the last four spots. Buffalo, Creighton, Minnesota and Oklahoma got in. Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Cal and West Virginia were left out.
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