My Final Four

By Jeff Lippman - March 21, 2008

North Carolina was the only team to make the Final Four last season out of my four predicted participants.

I was convinced of the ACC's superiority last season and predicted Maryland, Duke and North Carolina State would join the Tar Heels during the season's last week of action.

I was not correct as it was Rutgers, LSU and Tennessee - the eventual champs - that joined Sylvia Hatchell's club in Cleveland.

So this season, to make up for last year's blunder, it is my promise to not include ANY ACC teams in my Final Four. OK? Good.

Final Four:
Greensboro: Connecticut (1)
Spokane: Stanford (2)

New Orleans: LSU (2)
Oklahoma City: Tennessee (1)

National Championship
Connecticut vs. Tennessee

National Champion: Tennessee

The Huskies will have plenty of opportunities to win national titles in the coming years with Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery all in Storrs for at least one more season. But this is Candace Parker's last year - she's announced she will enter the WNBA draft one season early - and she will do everything in her power - and that's a lot - to win Pat Summitt her eighth national title.

And beating Geno and UConn in the process would be pretty sweet for the Lady Vols, who have been blamed for canceling the season series between the two women's basketball powerhouses.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 10:41 AM on March 21, 2008

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