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Women's NCAA bracket 2016: UConn, Notre Dame are the teams to beat again

Can the UConn Huskies get their fourth straight championship? Or will Notre Dame have enough to finally bring them down this year?

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It comes as no surprise to the basketball world at large, but the UConn Huskies have once again earned themselves the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Women's Tournament.

The Huskies, who come into the tournament standing at 32-0 and have won three straight national championships, will follow the lead of Breanna Stewart (19.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game) as she and her squad look to make history as the first women's team to win four consecutive NCAA titles.

The Huskies (No. 1 seed in the Bridgeport region) will open their title defense when they play at 11 a.m. ET March 19 against No. 16 Robert Morris University.

The other four No. 1 seeds in the tournament -- Notre Dame (Lexington region), Baylor (Dallas region) and South Carolina (Sioux Falls region) -- will be looking at a chance to bring the Huskies down. In order to do that, they'll have to advance to the Final Four or the NCAA championship game.

Notre Dame has been there before, having fallen to UConn, 63-53, in 2015's title tilt and 79-58 in 2014's championship game. The Fighting Irish will open the tournament against No. 16 North Carolina A&T March 19 at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Baylor will play No. 16 Idaho at 5 p.m. ET March 18, the same day South Carolina starts the tournament against No. 16 Jacksonville at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The tournament will conclude April 5 in Indianapolis.

You can find the full bracket at the NCAA's official website. Here's a look at the matchups in the Round of 64.

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 Robert Morris
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Alabama State
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Hawaii 
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Chattanooga
No. 6 South Florida vs. No. 11 Colorado State
No. 7 Brigham Young vs. No. 10 Missouri
No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 Duquesne

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Idaho
No. 2 Oregon State vs. No. 15 Troy
No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 14 Central Arkansas 
No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Missouri State
No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee State 
No. 6 DePaul vs. No. 11 James Madison
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 St. Bonaventure 
No. 8 St. John's vs. No. 9 Auburn

No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 North Carolina A&T
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iona 
No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 UNC Asheville
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 San Francisco
No. 5 Miami vs. No. 12 South Dakota State 
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Purdue 
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Penn
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 Indiana

Sioux Falls
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Jacksonville
No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 15 New Mexico State 
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Buffalo 
No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Army 
No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Albany 
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Princeton 
No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 10 Green Bay 
No. 8 George Washington vs. No. 9 Kansas State