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Old 09-03-2017, 07:15 AM   #301

Only 50 miles away from Storrs, Connecticut in Medford, Massachusetts lies a women's college basketball powerhouse story just as compelling as UCONN. In fact, there's a UCONN Huskies connection here with Tufts here; Carla Berube was part of that beloved 1994-95 undefeated team as a bench player. This is her and Tufts Jumbos story in building it into a Division III powerhouse hungry for a title this season, especially in what she learned from Geno as a player and being into a coach:

I will cover the women's Division II and Division III tournaments shortly. The women's D3 is actually going on right now with the regional semis.

Quite possible that senior guard and Spain's silver medalists in Rio 2016 Leticia Romero and Florida St. can make the Final Four in Dallas in March--and definitely want it in their resume so they can taste it like with several other schools in recent years:

Amanda Butler walks the plank as Florida's coach after 10 seasons and still has no championship hardware to show for it. Two of her best recent players, Eleanna Christinaki in December and Sydney Moss, a daughter of retired NFL star Randy Moss, both quit the team:

Marquette gets its first ever Big East women's title beating DePaul 86-78 last night at home in Milwaukee with predominately freshmen. One major highlight as Marquette's Natisha Hiedeman's 1st half buzzer-beater halfcourt shot; she never thought it would be good as hoisted it for ultimately 28 points. With that, Ohio St. reclaims the final host seed:

The always-so good mid-major and top seed #21 Wisconsin-Green Bay clinches its third consecutive Horizon League Tournament title in Detroit as part of the Motor City Madness over undersized hosts Detroit(-Mercy) Titans 62-52 and automatically into the Phoenix's 17th NCAA Tournament. Thanks to Allie LeClaire and Jessica Lindstrom. Well, whole Phoenix team used their size mismatch to their advantage:

Nothing against Laura Stockton, who surely learned the art of assists from her legendary dad John (as did her brother David who also went to Gonzaga), and Kiara Kudron. But last night at the West Coast Conference championship prior to the men's version in Las Vegas' Orleans Arena in a men's and women's championship symmetry with St. Mary's, it was definitely Gonzaga's Jill Barta's game with her career-high 37 points. 86-75. BTW, St. Mary's got two Aussies and a Kiwi on the roster:

Western Illinois Leathernecks back in the NCAA Tournament after 22 years away following their Horizon League championship win last night in Sioux Falls. Knocked off the IUPUI Jaguars 77-69:

No women's conference tournament champs crowned tonight for NCAA automatic bids in the women's game. But many conferences are starting to get underway with theirs or currently in progress. Or in the cases of the Missouri Valley, Southland, and Conference USA, start tomorrow.
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Old 15-03-2017, 10:40 AM   #302

Presenting to you the 64-team field to the UCONN National Invitational. Will anyone stop the 107-win Connecticut Huskies in this field on the road to Dallas? Guess not...

Number #1 region seeds: Connecticut (#1-seed overall, no shock, 15th straight region #1)--EAST, South Carolina--WEST, Baylor--SOUTH, and Notre Dame--MIDEAST


FIRST ROUND (all times henceforth US/CANADA/MEXICO CT)
Friday, March 17
#13 Belmont Bruins vs. #4 Kentucky Wildcats 11:00am--Memorial Coliseum, Lexington (Lexington Region)
#14 Bucknell Bison vs. #3 Maryland Terrapins 11:00am--XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland (Bridgeport Region)
#11 Auburn Tigers vs. #6 NC St. Wolfpack 11:00am--Frank Erwin Center, Austin (Lexington Region)
#10 Northern Iowa Panthers vs. #7 DePaul Blue Demons 11:00am--Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi (Oklahoma City Region)
#12 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. #5 Ohio St. Buckeyes 1:30pm--Memorial Coliseum, Lexington (Lexington Region)
#15 Troy St. Trojans vs. #2 Mississippi St. Bulldogs 1:30pm--Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi (Oklahoma City Region)
#14 Central Arkansas Bears vs. #3 Texas Longhorns 1:30pm--Frank Erwin Center, Austin, (Lexington Region)
#11 Elon Phoenix vs. #6 West Virginia Mountaineers 1:30pm--XFINITY Center, College Park, Maryland (Bridgeport Region)
#11 South Florida Bulls vs. #6 Missouri Tigers 4:00pm--Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida (Stockton Region)
#9 Purdue Boilermakers vs. #8 Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix 4:00pm--Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana (Lexington Region)
#16 UNC-Asheville Bulldogs vs. #1 South Carolina Gamecocks 4:00pm--Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina (Stockton Region)
#15 Long Beach St. 49ERS vs. #2 Oregon St. Beavers 4:00pm--Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon (Stockton Region)
#10 Toledo Rockets vs. #7 Creighton Bluejays 6:30pm--Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon (STOCKTON REGION)
#9 Michigan St. Spartans vs. #8 Arizona St. Sun Devils 6:30pm--Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina (Stockton Region)
#16 Robert Morris Colonials vs. #1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 6:30pm--Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, Indiana (Lexington Region)
#14 Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. #3 Florida St.Seminoles 6:30pm--Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee, Florida (Stockton Region)

Saturday, March 18
#16 Albany Great Danes vs. #1 Connecticut Huskies 10:00am--Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#12 Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. #5 Marquette Golden Eagles 12:30pm--Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida (STOCKTON REGION)
#15 New Mexico St. Aggies vs. #2 Stanford Cardinal 12:30pm--Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas (LEXINGTON REGION)
#13 Tennessee-Chattanooga Moccasins vs. #4 Louisville Cardinals 12:30pm--KFC Yum! Center, Louisville (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
#9 Iowa St. Cyclones vs. #8 Syracuse Orangewomen 12:30pm--Gampel Pavilion, Storrs, Connecticut (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#12 Dayton Flyers vs. #5 Tennessee Lady Volunteers 3:00pm--KFC Yum! Center, Louisville (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
#13 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. #4 Miami (FL) Hurricanes 3:00pm--Watsco Center, Coral Gables, Florida (STOCKTON REGION)
#10 Drake Bulldogs vs. #7 Kansas St. Wildcats 3:00pm--Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kansas (LEXINGTON REGION)
#10 Oregon Ducks vs. #7 Temple Owls 5:30pm--Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#16 Texas Southern Tigers vs. #1 Baylor Bears 5:30pm--Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
#13 Boise St. Broncos vs. #4 UCLA Bruins 5:30pm--Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#11 Gonzaga Bulldogs vs. #6 Oklahoma Sooners 5:30pm--Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
#12 Penn Quakers vs. #5 Texas A&M Aggies 8:00pm--Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#15 Hampton Pirates vs. #2 Duke Blue Devils 8:00pm--Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina (BRIDGEPORT REGION)
#14 Montana St. Fighting Bobcats vs. #3 Washington Huskies 8:00pm--Alaska Airlines Arena, Seattle (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)
#9 California Golden Bears vs. #8 LSU Tigers 8:00pm--Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas (OKLAHOMA CITY REGION)

all games on ESPN2

2017 WNIT

Announcement of the 64-team WNIT postseason field for 2017:

First-Round Pairings:
Wednesday, March 15
Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at Southern Miss Golden Eagles, 6pm

Thursday, March 16
Ball St. Cardinals at Indiana Hoosiers, 6pm
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats at Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 6pm
Central Michigan Chippewas at Wright St. Raiders, 6pm
Grambling St. Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels, 6pm
Jacksonville Dolphins at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 6pm
Kent St. Golden Flashes at Michigan Wolverines, 6pm
Stetson Hatters at UCF Golden Knights, 6pm
Abilene Christian Wildcats at Oklahoma St. Cowgirls, 7pm
IUPUI Jaguars at St. Louis Billikins, 7pm
Mercer Bears at Alabama Crimson Tide, 7pm
SW Missouri St. Bears at Iowa Hawkeyes, 7pm
North Dakota Fighting Hawks at South Dakota Coyotes 7pm
Northern Illinois Huskies at South Dakota St. Jackrabbits, 7pm
Texas-Arlington Mavericks at Tulane Green Waves, 7pm
Seattle RedHawks at Wyoming Cowgirls, 7:30pm
St. Mary’s Gaels at Colorado St. Rams, 8pm
UNLV Runnin' Rebels at Colorado Buffaloes, 8pm
Washington St. Cougars at BYU Cougars, 8pm
Morehead St. Bears at Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders, 9:30 ET

Friday, March 17
Villanova Wildcats at Princeton Tigers, 5pm
Harvard Crimson at New Hampshire Wildcats, 6pm
Sacred Heart Pioneers at St. John’s Red Storm, 6pm
Ohio Bobcats at Penn St. Nittany Lions, 6pm
Fordham Rams at Georgetown Hoyas, 6pm
Navy Midshipmen at George Washington Colonials, 6pm
Rider Broncs at Virginia Tech Hokies, 6pm
Duquesne Dukes at Drexel Dragons, 6pm
Radford Highlanders at James Madison Dukes, 6pm
Virginia Cavaliers at Saint Joseph’s (PA) Hawks, 6pm
Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters at SMU Mustangs, 7pm
Cal-Davis Aggies at Utah Utes, 7pm


16-team field set and announced featuring 3 teams with 20+ wins in the mix:

(all games at the campus sites)

Round 1

Wednesday, March 15
Southern Illinois (Carbondale) Salukis at Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers, 7PM
Utah St. Aggies at Idaho Vandals, 7:30PM

Thursday, March 16
Brown Bears at UMBC Terriers, 6PM
UNC-Greensboro Spartans at Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 6PM
St. Francis (PA) Red Flash at Campbell Camels, 6PM
Eastern Washington Hawks at SW Texas St. Bobcats, 4PM
Lamar Cardinals at Rice Owls, 7PM
Stephen F. Austin Lumberjills at Texas-Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros, 7PM

March 22-23

March 25-26
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:45 AM   #303

This couldn't have happened like this last night, did it? Really? How in the hell was this supposed to? Connecticut's amazing winning streak. Ended at 111 last night in Dallas. By Mississippi St. and the diminutive Morgan William's shot. In OT. This can't be an early April Fool's joke. The. streak. is. dead

Is indeed a bittersweet weekend for Connecticut because for some good, if they hoped would be another very good weekend, Rebecca Lobo from the beloved undefeated 1995 Huskies team just now got enshrined. If that irony ever painfully reminds the UCONN Nation of that now-former unbeaten status.
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Old 03-04-2017, 07:30 AM   #304

Still trying to wrap my head around this monumental national semifinal upset Friday night in Dallas by Mississippi St. over a previous undefeated Connecticut. Tonight we got an all-SEC championship there with somebody walking away with its first ever title between South Carolina and Mississippi St. Do expect a thrilling game--and I picking Dawn Staley's South Carolina Gamecocks to finally grab the brass ring and get her that NCAA title that has eluded her for over 25 years since her All-American days at Virginia as a player. Will discuss more in the next few days.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:17 PM   #305

South Carolina won their first ever championship in women's basketball early last night in Dallas 67-55 in an all-SEC championship game, and coach Dawn Staley finally wins her deferred national championship thanks to hometown star A'ja Wilson steeping up with teammate Allisha Grey injured. South Carolina won the lost 11 games against Mississippi St., including all three this season. Now the Gamecocks are truly elite:

Curiously, "Itty Bitty" Morgan William, the fiesty darling of the Final Four, bizarrely got benched in the championship game's entire fourth quarter causing a stir as to why on Mississippi St. coach Vic Schaefer. Very possible that excitable high from ending UCONN's 111-game win streak wore them (including her) out, something she admitted postgame. Yes, she wasn't playing well. Yet it's a gamble Schaefer took--and lost. She deserved to be play in that last quarter for a significant amount. But it's so confusing Schaefer's "good kid" was lost faith in confusingly. Never mind, Schaefer says, Jazzmun Holmes was playing well:
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