Gophers Among Final 8 Under Consideration For NCAA Women's Basketball Tourney


Under Bennett's watch, Virginia has become a perennial powerhouse in college basketball again.

The brackets came out Sunday, replete with the usual fanfare that accompanies America's biggest office pool.

Top three seeds Kansas, Duke and Michigan State have combined for 271 wins in 118 tournament appearances, 39 Final Fours and 10 national championships - and all could be in Omaha for the Sweet 16 in two weeks.

The Sooners will be facing Rhode Island in Pittsburgh for the first round of the tournament Thursday. Will a long shot make it to the Final Four? Marshall was an assistant at Marshall - or was it Marshall employed Marshall as an assistant? - from 1996 to 1998.

The Florida basketball team is headed to Dallas to start the NCAA Tournament, drawing a No. 6 seed and an opening matchup Thursday night with the victor of St. Bonaventure and UCLA's First Four matchup. Marshall earned an automatic berth as the Conference USA Tournament champion and is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987.

It seems that when in doubt, the NCAA Tournament selection committee tried to avoid those schools. For a bubble team, it wasn't a positive last impression. UNC beat the Bulldogs previous year in the national title game.

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More certain is that once this party is over, change of some sort will be coming.

Despite all that, Auburn went 25-7 overall, 13-5 in SEC play and won a share of the conference's regular season title. "I think this runs deep enough and involves enough people in programs that something's got to change".

Following the Jayhawks in the Midwest were Duke as a No. 2 seed and Michigan State as a No. 3.

In the semifinal game against top-seeded Xavier, the Friars trailed by as much as 17 points before rallying to edge the Musketeers in overtime and advance to the championship game.

The selection committee creates a ranking of teams from 1-6 [8]. They are 2-11 overall in the dance.

The two conferences with the most teams in the tournament are the ACC with nine, and the SEC with a conference-record eight teams in the tourney this year.

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With Holiday running the show, UCLA loves to play with pace and push the ball in transition.

-Place to be: Try Boise. Syracuse was 5-5; Alabama was 4-6.

"I'm excited about our team", he said. Also in Idaho are defending national runner-up Gonzaga, which would have a home-court advantage of sorts in a second-round matchup against either Ohio State or South Dakota State.

Alabama, a team that has never made it to the Final Four, last made it to the Elite Eight in 2004.

Donte Grantham's season-ending ACL injury has put more pressure on Marcquise Reed to be the team's offensive spark, though, which could be troublesome for Clemson.

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