UConn, Houston, Purdue, UNC secure No. 1 seeds

Defending national champion UConn, a day removed from winning the Big East Tournament and improving to 31-3, was selected as the No. 1 overall seed Sunday during the NCAA Tournament selection show.

The Huskies, who have won seven in a row and finished 7-2 this season against teams in the Associated Press Top 25, are joined on the 1 line by Houston, Purdue and North Carolina, three teams that have been consistently in the Top 10 this season but lost in their respective conference tournaments last week.

UConn will open its title defense at Barclays Center in Brooklyn against Stetson on Friday. Should the Huskies advance, they will play either Florida Atlantic or Northwestern.

For the Cougars and Boilermakers, Sunday’s selections mark the second time in as many years they landed at No. 1. They were joined last season by Alabama and Kansas, who both heard their names called this season, but not on the top line.

Dan Hurley’s team has been the most dominant team for much of the season, and the Huskies kept that rolling last week at Madison Square Garden. Purdue had the best collection of wins and Houston was No. 1 in most metrics, but their upsets in the Big Ten and Big 12 tournaments, respectively, loomed large in the committee room on Sunday.

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