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Vote: Tackling biggest questions heading into women's NCAA tournament

Updated: March 14, 2017, 4:36 PM ET
By SN Staff

With Monday night's bracket unveiling, the women's NCAA tournament is finally upon us, and plenty of questions abound.

The million-dollar question, of course, is whether anyone can derail UConn's quest for an unprecedented fifth straight national title. The Huskies' win streak is up to 107. Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook has them as a heavy favorite at -450, with the field at +375.

Will anyone beat UConn? Notre Dame, Baylor and South Carolina join UConn on the 1-seed line, while Duke is a No. 2 seed. The Blue Devils have lost to UConn by an average of 28.6 points in their last eight meetings. Keep an eye on third-seeded Maryland, one of just three teams to lose by only single digits to the Huskies this season, back in December.

Meanwhile, the nation's all-time leading female scorer, Kelsey Plum, will be shouldering a heavy workload for Washington as the third-seeded Huskies look to crash the Final Four party in Dallas.

Could a few upsets be in the works? A number of intriguing first-round matchups are on the plate, including Gonzaga-Oklahoma, Drake-Kansas State and Tennessee-Dayton.

How will the biggest storylines of the tournament play out? Vote now:

The tournament kicks off with first-round matchups Friday and Saturday, concluding with the national title game April 2 at Dallas' American Airlines Center.

-- Brendan C. Hall

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