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Monday, April 07, 2008
My Women's Bracket: Final Four
Tennessee over LSU- If you told me Candace Parker was going to pop her shoulder, I wouldn't have picked Tennessee. I guess there is some luck to this after all. Who am I kidding of course there is.
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Sunday, April 06, 2008
My Women's Bracket: Elite Eight
UConn over Rutgers- While Rutgers had beaten UConn earlier in the season, they got trounced by them in the rematch and got upset in the Big East Tournament. Plus they had developed a martyr complex after the Imus controversy and a controversal loss to Tennessee in February. UConn had Maya Moore who went to UConn, apparently after a tour of ESPN studios and they assured her Keith Olbermann was no longer employed there.
New Orleans Region:
LSU over North Carolina- The game was in New Orleans and Pokey Chatman was no longer LSU's coach. I figured that was two plusses. Plus I didn't want to be peppered with "Can UNC win both titles" talk all week long, so I bet with my heart here.
Oklahoma City Region:
Stanford over Maryland- I made this pick after seeing how pissed Stanford was at getting, essentially a 5th No. 1 seed. I knew their coach would be able to rally them around bullshit and they'd roll over Maryland. Plus they showed Maryland's coach at halftime of their championship game win (the one held in Boston) and mentioned she had twins earlier in the year. Had to believe the twins were making her go soft.
My Women's Bracket: Sweet 16
Greensboro Region: (While the Men's Tournament has gone back to committing to putting regional sites in all four regions of the country, Women's basketball is so regionally imbalanced, I imagine they want the flexibility of putting the four top seeds close to home, even if that means leaving out one section the country, hence the funny names like "Spokane Region" which if you live in a suburb of Spokane makes you that much more interested in Maryland-Stanford)
UConn over Old Dominion, Rutgers over
New Orleans Region:
North Carolina over Louisville, LSU over
Oklahoma City Region:
Maryland over Vanderbilt, Stanford over
My Women's Bracket: Second Round
UConn over Texas, North Carolina over Georgia, Tennessee over Purdue, Maryland over Nebraska- Again, I wasn't about to eliminate any of the top seeds before the sweet 16, they had all been there too many times. That's the major difference between men's and women's basketball and why its easier to do well in the Women's bracket with little experience. The top five or six programs have been the top programs for so long, they have all the experience going deep. In men's basketball the top 15 programs are on a four year rotation at the top and you can get married to programs whose teams are either a year past or a year away from really making their move.
Rutgers over Robert Morris, LSU over DePaul,
One Google could've saved me some points in Women's Tournament Challenge.
Old Dominion over Virginia, Louisville over Kansas State,
My Women's Bracket: First Round
In my first year doing an NCAA Tournament Bracket for WOMEN'S Basketball, I managed to achieve a Top 10 percentile and nail all four final four teams. Well I picked the right ones, I didn't actually "nail" the teams, that would be a much more interesting blog. I feel much like the lucky receptionist in the men's pool as my logic in picking the teams had little to do with any knowledge of current Women's Basketball (Update: Stanford beat UConn tonight when I had the opposite result so my bracket isn't as stellar, but for a rookie, I still did pretty well.)
UConn over Cornell, North Carolina over Bucknell, Tennessee over Oral Roberts, Maryland over Coppin State- In Women's basketball a 16 (Harvard) has beaten a 1 (Stanford) but I don't know which year and didn't know that when I made these picks. If I had I would've picked Oral just for one last opportunity to use those jokes.
Rutgers over Robert Morris, LSU over Jackson State, Texas ATM over UTSA, Stanford over Cleveland State- Again, all chalk. Pretty easy so far. For the record LSU's opponent was really called Janet... Jackson State if you're nasty!
Cal over San Diego, Oklahoma State over East Tennessee State, Duke over Murray State, Baylor over Fresno State- How seriously can women take their basketball in San Diego? Oklahoma State's team is called the Cowgirls, which will be changed in a few more years of sluts wearing straw hats out in clubs. Fresno State had a hot as hell coach, but fired her. I can't support that decision with an upset pick.
Virginia over UCSB, Louisvlle over Miami (OH), Oklahoma over Illinois State, Vanderbilt over Montana- I'm sure all four of those mid-majors were pretty good but I had seen on ESPN's ticker that the four four seeds went far in conference tournaments because I mistook them for men's tournament scores. If pink is too "50's gender roles" for ESPN to use for these scores, how about orange? wouldn't that work?
Old Dominion over Liberty, Kansas State over Chattanooga, Notre Dame over SMU,
George Washington over Auburn,
Texas over Minnesota, Georgia over Iowa, Purdue over Utah, Nebraska over Xavier- When in doubt take the school with the better football team. Besides Texas used to be good in '80s when the girls wore shirt sleeves and not look sexy. As opposed to now when they wear tank tops and not look sexy.