No. 2 seed — so what!
To the Editor,
There is zero need to complain about NCAA officials not considering UConn among the top four women’s basketball teams. Where there is no home field advantage, a number two seed has no added burdens, unless you believe facing a #15 is much more daunting than a #16. Indeed, long vs short travel is known to be more important than one or even two spots in seeding.
#1s reach the final four more often than #2s because they are BETTER, not because they have a higher seed. Almost every women’s top four or better seed wins its first-round games. At that point, the seeding is irrelevant — all first round winners need to work hard against their next three opponents to make it to the Final Four.
A team whose fans feel deserves to be ranked as one of the four #1 seeds has to be on its guard for the first game against a spirited “Cinderella”, then beat three tough opponents to reach the NCAA Final Four. Whether they beat the toughest of those three early or late is irrelevant if the goal is reaching the Final Four. Look no further than UConn’s 2014 men’s NCAA champions. They were seeded 7th. To reach the final, Kevin Ollie’s young men had to beat the #2, #3, #4, and #1 seeds.
If Geno and his troopers actually feel that #2 is a blemish, then let them use the officials’ slight to spark a great run these next three weeks. Go Huskies!