DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie is having a difficult time grasping the NCAA's logic when it comes to her team's tournament seed.
The Blue Devils (27-6) played the nation's toughest schedule and had the third-highest RPI, but wound up seeded in the same region as perennial women's basketball powerhouse Connecticut for the second time in four years.
If No. 2 Duke wins its first three NCAA tournament games it could face the top-seeded Huskies in the regional finals with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
That doesn't seem fair to McCallie.
She asks, "What are we trying to keep Duke out of the Final Four?"
Duke opens tournament play Saturday against 15th-seeded Winthrop. The victor moves on to face the winner of No. 7 DePaul-No. 10 Oklahoma.