March 12, 2008

No. 1 Overall

Geno Auriemma has so many weapons at his disposal.

The Connecticut Huskies won the Big East Tournament Championship Tuesday over an upstart Louisville club who had been knocking down opponents before meeting the Big East's big dogs.

With the 65-69 victory, No. 1 UConn essentially sealed its fate at becoming the top overall No. 1 seed when the brackets are announced on Selection Monday.

What don't the Huskies have?

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March 11, 2008

The Pac-10's Best....Ever

West Coast women's basketball, it can be accurately stated, has simply lacked entertainment value over the past several years, while teams on the other side of the country - UConn, UNC, Duke, Maryland, Tennessee, etc. - ruled the game.

Lacking or not, the West Coast belongs to Candice Wiggins, and for four years she has always been worth the price of admission.

It's a sad realization for the Pac-10, however, that Wiggins has played her final conference game - an absolute beauty in the conference championship against Bay Area-rival Cal.

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March 10, 2008

It's A Bay Area Monday

Eight teams are already firmly ensconced in the field of 64. Monday, that total rises to 11 as three more conferences play their championship games.

The Atlantic 10, Southern and Pac-10 are all down to their final two participants, while the Big East is a final four that fails to include one team that played in last year's actual Final Four in Cleveland.

Two conferences, the Sun Belt and the Summit League, are in their semifinals as well and two others, the Horizon and the Mid-American, will be completing just their opening rounds.

Here is all of Monday's action:

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March 09, 2008

Legendary Sunday

One legend showed another legend why the SEC's coaches chose the wrong Player of the Year, one conference's top seed completed their wire-to-wire season and another previously unbeaten No. 1's cherry tree was cut down. And in the Big East, an Angel provided the biggest upset of the day.

Don't worry, it will all be explained.

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Six Fill Dance Card

Six teams will join East Tennessee State and Murray State with automatic bids for the Big Dance.

Major conferences, the ACC and the SEC, crown their champs, as does the Big Ten, Conference USA, the MAAC and the West Coast Conference.

Obviously, the ACC and the SEC take center stage. On Saturday, Duke was able to throw a wrench in Maryland's ACC title plans by upsetting the No. 2 Terrapins as they advanced to Sunday's final to meet hated rival No. 1 North Carolina.

The SEC's title game, however, is the showcase. It doesn't get much better than this.

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March 08, 2008

Semifinal Saturday

Saturday sees action in 16 conference tournaments.

While the ACC and SEC are in their semifinals, another major conference is just getting under way in the Big East. And by the end of today two conferences will have crowned champions, earning automatic berths into the NCAA Tournament.

So where do we start? At the beginning, of course.

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