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USC women’s basketball is a No. 2 seed in latest ESPN NCAA Tournament bracketology

The USC women’s basketball team is enjoying a terrific season. The Trojans significantly improved their standing in the national picture by beating Oregon State on Sunday. The Trojans completed a season sweep of the two-game series against the Beavers. The win has the Trojans as a projected No. 2 seed in ESPN’s latest NCAA Tournament bracketology. The Trojans are a consensus No. 2 seed in bracket projections right now, vaulting up from a No. 3 seed last week.

Obviously, if a team is a projected No. 2 seed in late February, it has a chance to become a No. 1 seed. That isn’t necessarily likely for the Trojans, but it’s certainly a possibility. USC just has to move up one more seed line, and the Trojans could be at the top of the bracket.

USC is in excellent position to host NCAA Tournament games at the Galen Center for the first time in school history. As long as USC gets a top-four seed, the Trojans will host opening-round games in late March (March 22 and 24 or 23 and 25).

See below for more information on NCAA Tournament ESPN bracketology, from bracketologist Charlie Creme. Get a look at the projected No. 1 seeds, No. 2 seeds, and No. 3 seeds USC is battling for prime position in the 2024 Women’s NCAA Tournament bracket:

SOUTH CAROLINA: NO. 1 OVERALL SEED

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South Carolina, unbeaten, is the clear-cut No. 1 overall seed for the 2024 Women’s NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks are a heavy favorite to win it all. They will be a No. 1 seed even if they lose a few games in the coming weeks. They have distanced themselves from the rest of the pack.

STANFORD: NO. 1 SEED FROM THE PAC-12

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford is the only Pac-12 team currently projected to be a No. 1 seed, given recent losses by Colorado, UCLA, and Oregon State. The Cardinal are very likely to remain as a No. 1 seed. They would probably need to lose at least two games, maybe three, to fall out of a top seed spot. If they lose only one game before March Madness, they will remain a top seed.

BIG TEN DOUBLE: IOWA AND OHIO STATE

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: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Charlie Creme of ESPN has Iowa and Ohio State as No. 1 seeds. USC fans should note that the Trojans have already beaten Ohio State, so if the Buckeyes lose one or two more games, USC could jump them for a No. 1 seed.

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NO. 2 SEEDS IN ADDITION TO USC: TEXAS, NC STATE, OREGON STATE

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USC is on the 2 line with these three other teams. USC has swept Oregon State, so the Trojans are clearly ahead of the Beavers on the seed list. North Carolina State, due to the strength of the ACC, is likely ahead of Texas. N.C. State probably has the best chance of the current No. 2 seeds of getting a top seed, but USC has a real shot.

NO. 3 SEEDS: UCLA, COLORADO, UCONN, VIRGINIA TECH

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If USC is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans would likely face a No. 3 seed in the Sweet 16 if they can get that far. They wouldn’t play UCLA or Colorado, since teams in the same conference will be moved to different regions. USC versus UConn in the Sweet 16 would be pretty spectacular: JuJu Watkins versus Paige Bueckers!

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NO. 4 SEEDS: LSU, GONZAGA, SYRACUSE, KANSAS STATE

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Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

We mention the No. 4 seeds partly because USC — if it gets a No. 1 seed — could play one of these teams in the Sweet 16. We also mention these seeds because if USC loses, these teams might have a chance to move up the seed list in the coming weeks.

One possibility: USC gets a 2 seed, LSU moves up to a 3. USC versus LSU in the Sweet 16 would be amazing.

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire