That's where West Virginia's problems have come, both seed and location. Consider:
OK, in those cases the location didn't seem to hurt WVU. West Virginia won that game against New Mexico and ended up not having to face Texas when the Longhorns were upset. But it was still the kind of draw you have to look at and say, uh oh.
Oh, incidentally, another of the draws for Carey's team was no picnic, either. His first tournament team in 2004 was sent to play Ohio State in ... wait for it ... Columbus.
For the record, the first-round sites this season for the women are here in Ames; Baton Rouge, La.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; College Park, Md.; College Station, Texas; Durham, N.C.; Iowa City, Iowa; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lexington, Ky.; Los Angeles;, Seattle; Storrs, Conn.; Toledo, Ohio; University Park, Pa.; Waco, Texas; and West Lafayette, Ind. The four regional sites are at Nebraska, Louisville, Notre Dame and Stanford.
There's no guarantee that West Virginia's women will get any kind of break as far as seed or site are concerned. But the hope is that the better the Mountaineers finish, the better the chances of a break.
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