Posted: Tuesday March 19, 2013 4:08 PM

Top teams could be forced to play on the road

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It seems to happen almost every year - a top women's basketball team must play an early round game on another team's home court. This year, five of the top 12 seeds, including No. 1 Notre Dame, could potentially play a true road game in the second round.

There isn't much that can be done to fix the issue for now. Women's basketball attendance isn't strong enough to support a move to neutral courts. So, the Irish, Kentucky, California, Penn State and North Carolina could face home teams with a berth in the regional semifinals on the line.

The Irish were hoping to be sent to Columbus, Ohio - the only one of the 16 sites that doesn't have a host team playing. Instead they will have to travel to Iowa City. A tough second round matchup with host Iowa is looming.

 
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