• Are there any problematic early-round placements for top seeds? Notre Dame is hosting the regional, but the Irish will have to go on the road for the early rounds. Creme projects them going to Baton Rouge, La., where they might face LSU on its home court in the second round. Last year, LSU was also an early-round host and upset Penn State to make the Sweet 16.
Notre Dame has not shown much vulnerability anywhere as it has transitioned to the ACC this season, but this placement -- if it happens -- still might worry Irish fans just a bit. Hey, they're fans.
UConn and Tennessee are both early-round hosts. Stanford is projected to be in Los Angeles.