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 ....
So much for team’s reliance on home cooking to propel them to the Sweet 16. In the Fresno Region, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt and Purdue all fell on their home court in the second round and Hampton, playing surrogate host a few miles from their campus, lost in the first round.
Instead confident teams like Stanford, Duke, St. John’s and South Carolina--just in town for business--took charge before retooling their itineraries for Fresno.
There are ten teams in the Big 12 conference, but you might not know it this season, as the Baylor Lady Bears are the subject of pretty close to one-hundred percent of the chatter.
And fair enough: in their win against Texas Tech on Saturday, the team clinched a share in the conference championship and moved to 27-0 (14-0 Big 12). Baylor isn’t just winning—the team, led by junior center Brittney Griner, is routing opponents, winning by an average of 29 points per contest.
This addition completes our article Bubble Wrap III 2011: Week of March 13, 2011 -- Final Wrap for those readers whose browsers do not support our article body extension. It includes locks and bubble teams for the PAC-10, Southeastern, Sun Belt, West Coast and Western Athletic Conferences.