USC one of the four top seeds in Big Dance; North Carolina-Greensboro axes Wendy Palmer
INDIANAPOLIS — The Big Dance is here and one school made a coaching change as Selection Monday was ongoing.
USC gets another 1 seed
The USC Gamecocks, led by the likes of Aja Wilson, Tiffany Mitchell and Bianca Cuevas, got its third number one seed in as many years under head coach (and celebrity Richland County Sheriff’s Officer) Dawn Staley. Notre Dame, Baylor and Connecticut received the other top seeds, with the Huskies getting the overall top seed as the last undefeated school left in either men’s or women’s basketball.
Tennessee kept its streak of making every NCAA tournament alive, but the Volunteers got a seven seed, its lowest seed ever. It’s previous low seed was five in 2009, when 12-seed Ball State pulled an upset so huge, it got then-Coach Pat Summitt angry – so angry as a matter of fact, Coach Summitt made those returning to her team for the 2009-10 season practice for almost 24 hours straight the day after the loss.
Georgia received an eight seed in the tournament.
Five big ACC schools – Clemson, Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State – all missed the tournament in the same season for the first time ever. It’s the first time in 28 years that the three schools along the famed Tobacco Road – the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Wolfpack – were snuffed out of the postseason in the same season. The Tar Heels had its first losing season in many years, finishing a meager 14-18.
North Carolina-Greensboro axes Palmer
While the tournament matchups were being announced, North Carolina-Greensboro decided to turn off the television early and make a change.
The Spartans fired Wendy Palmer after five consecutive losing seasons. UNCG went 33-116 overall and 11-75 in Southern Conference games during Coach Palmer’s tenure.
Kimberly Record, UNCG’s athletics director, made the announcement tonight in a news release.
UNCG will conduct a national search for her replacement.
“I appreciate the contributions that Wendy Palmer and her staff have made to our program,” said Ms. Record in a statement. “Coach Palmer represented UNCG with a positive attitude and outstanding values during her entire tenure at UNCG. I wish her success in her future endeavors.”
Here is the bracket: