The Cal State Northridge women's basketball team is set to open up the 2014 NCAA March Madness Tournament against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The match up was announced on Monday after the selection committee handed the Matadors the number 16 seed in the tournament's Stanford region. The Gamecocks received the region's number 1 overall seed. The game is set to be played in Seattle, WA on Sunday March 23rd at approximately 5:30 P.M. ET.
South Carolina was deserving of a number 1 seed after finishing the regular season 27-4 and placing in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll. The Gamecocks suffered a heart breaking defeat against Kentucky in the semi-finals of the SEC tournament last week but the loss did not seem to shake the selection committee's confidence in them. The reception of the number 1 seed will surely help the Gamecocks shake any sense of doubt left over from the loss as they prepare for Sunday's match up.
Cal State Northridge enters the tournament with an 18-14 record and a Big West Conference title under its belt after the Matadors defeated Cal Poly 73-58 in the conference tournament's championship game on Saturday. The match up may not favor the Matadors on paper but if history has taught us anything it is that the month of March is a time when anything is possible in college basketball. The game promises to be exciting and competitive as neither team will want to go out in the first round of the big dance after working so hard just to get there.
The complete women's bracket for the 2014 NCAA March Madness Tournament can be found here.