The Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament's Dallas Regional tips off Sunday evening with an Elite Eight rematch between second-seeded Texas A&M and the region's top seed, Baylor, looking imminent. First, however, both teams will have to get by formidable adversaries who have already proven themselves capable of pulling off upsets just to get to this point.
The Aggies face sixth-seeded Georgia in what could turn out to be a defensive grinder of a game. The Bulldogs won their place in the regional semifinal with a 61-59 upset of the region's third-seed, Florida State. Meanwhile, Baylor takes on the No. 5-seed Green Bay Phoenix, who have suffered only one loss all season.
No one should be taking anything for granted when these four powerhouses take the floor. Let's take a closer look at the match-ups.
As the four teams that comprise the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament's Philadelphia Regional head into Sunday's Sweet 16 games, there are plenty of parallel story lines. But one of these Philly teams is not like the others.
Connecticut is not like any other team in the tournament. The Huskies are the two-time defending national champs with just one loss -- to Stanford this past December -- in the last three seasons.
Of course, Duke is also unique as the only non-Big East team remaining in the Regional. The Blue Devils will b welcomed to the party by the Big East Conference sisterhood, as the league teams believe their conference to be far superior to any other.
Top seed Connecticut (34-1) takes on conference rival No. 5-seed Georgetown (24-10) in the first regional semifinal Sunday, and No. 3 seed DePaul (29-6) gets No. 2 seed Duke, the ACC tournament and regular-season champs, in the second. Let's take a closer look at the match-ups.