Underrated: Notre Dame. At 26-5 and coming out of the Big East conference -- the same league that has produced the past five national champions -- the Irish are better than their No. 4 seed indicates. Forward Jacqueline Batteast was the conference player of the year after averaging a team-high 17.4 points per game. She and fellow senior Megan Duffy -- who was also named to the all-conference squad -- earned a national title as freshmen in 2001.
Overrated: UNC. The Tar Heels -- who boast a 27-3 record and an ACC title -- deserve their No. 1 seed, but I wouldn't bet on them to make an appearance in Indy. In addition to the fact that they likely have to get past No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 2 Baylor, the Heels haven't fared well in recent tournaments. After earning a 4 seed last season, North Carolina was upset in the first round by Middle Tennessee. Two years ago, it fell as a No. 3 seed to sixth-seeded Colorado.
Bracket Buster: UCSB. The Big West champions had a taste of success last season, upsetting Colorado and Houston to advance to the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual champion UConn.
Home Cooking: UNC. The Heels are one of two No. 1 seeds who open on their home court. They should have little trouble advancing to the regionals with their fans cheering them on against Coppin State and Mississippi or George Washington.
Best Player You've Never Heard Of: Kristen Mann. If UCSB is going to make any noise, it will rely heavily on Mann. The senior was named the Big West player of the year and averaged 19.9 points per game. She has a knack for stepping up in big games -- witnessed by her 33 points in the Gauchos' come-from-behind win over Idaho in the Big West championship.
Best Matchup: TCU-Oregon. The Horned Frogs have one of the nation's most underrated players in center Sandora Irvin, a 20-points-per-game scorer. She holds the NCAA record for most blocked shots in a game (16, vs. UAB on Jan. 16) and notched a triple-double in that same contest. The Ducks have proven they can play with the best after handing Stanford its only loss in Pac-10 play. With a 6-foot-3 center of their own in Andrea Bills, this could be a good interior battle.
The Pick: Baylor. The Bears had a strong case for a No. 1 seed after sweeping the Big 12 regular-season and conference-tournament titles. They're led by Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon -- a dynamic post combination that averages 33.6 points per game. Head coach Kim Mulkey-Robinson has turned a once dormant program into a title contender.