Reigning national champion Connecticut may be the team to be in this year's edition of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament, but there are plenty of top-caliber challengers waiting along the way with one of the toughest paths to the Final Four passing through the Oklahoma City Regional. Notre Dame, the region's No. 1 seed, will host the first two rounds before heading south to Oklahoma, where the Irish will likely have to get past a cast of familiar characters, including second-seeded Baylor and either Stanford, the four-seed, or Oklahoma, the five-seed, to earn a trip to Tampa Bay.
With conference tournaments now all in the record books, there's nothing left for this year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament aspirants to do but wait and hope. Many of those teams identified in this series as locks or "on the bubble" over the past few weeks removed any remaining uncertainty by winning their tournaments and nailing down the automatic bid for their respective conferences. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of deserving teams from the mid-major conferences won out and can breathe easy as they watch tonight's Selection Show.
It's that time of year again. With the regular season winding down and March Madness on the horizon, we're pleased to bring you what has become a favorite of Full Court readers over the years: Jim Carson's "Bubble Wrap," an annual attempt to divine which teams have their tickets to the Big Dance punched already and which are still "on the bubble" with some serious work ahead of them.
DURHAM, N.C. -- 104-100. The score itself broke NCAA records. The outcome broke some hearts and gladdened others.
In terms of narrative, the DePaul-Oklahoma 7-10 seed matchup in the opening round of the Durham subregional on Saturday went through so many different storylines in the last ten minutes that my head began to spin.
Anyone who thought that the days of Baylor's dominance in the Big 12 would be gone as fast as the departure of Brittney Griner and about 80 percent of the Lady Bears' firepower from Waco have been proven quite mistaken as the 2013-14 season has unrolled. Baylor remains the Big 12's Big Kahuna, the league's regular-season champs (an honor which it shares with West Virginia), the No.
As the Big 12 enters year 1 AG (after Griner) it does so as a league that, for the first time in years, has no clear-cut favorite. The conference as a whole looks less powerful than it has in the past as it has no teams without major question marks. Oklahoma looks to be the front-runner, but the Sooners are a team with several significant limitations. The Cowgirls return a balanced squad. Baylor returns the league’s best player and some talented youngsters. If those players grow up quickly, the Bears could add another league championship to their resume.
The United States captured its third straight and ninth overall World University Games women’s basketball gold medal with a 90-71 victory over the previously undefeated Russian Federation Monday in Kazan, Russia. In the third place game, Australia cruised to the bronze with a 99-58 rout of Chinese Taipei.
So if Stanford beats Baylor on a neutral site, Stanford is better than Baylor, right? And so, it seems right, at least for now, that No. 1 Stanford (6-0) is ranked ahead of No. 3 Baylor (5-1) in both major women's basketball polls ....