Notre Dame women's basketball players Hannah Huffman, left, Michaela Mabrey, center, and Kathryn Westbeld react as their placement as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament is announced during the ESPN selection show on Monday, March 14, 2016, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame starts the NCAA Tournament from a familiar position as the No. 1 seed in the Lexington Regional, marking the fifth straight season the Fighting Irish are a top seed.
The second-ranked Irish (31-1) are looking to become just the second school to advance to six straight Final Fours. Fifth-ranked Maryland (30-3), the Big Ten champion, is seeded second. No. 12 Kentucky (23-7) is third and would have the hometown advantage for the first four rounds, and No. 13 Stanford (24-7) is seeded fourth.
The Irish, coming off a third straight Atlantic Coast Conference title, are in the tournament for the 21st consecutive season and seeking their first national championship since 2001.
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The only other team to advance to the Final Four six straight times is Connecticut, which is looking to accomplish that feat for a record ninth straight time.