Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Women’s NCAA Preview

March 15, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments

Women’s NCAA Preview

by Tracy Granzyk

Mideast Regional

It’s all UConn in the Mideast as the undefeated No. 1 seed takes on St. Francis of Pennsylvania in the first round. The question here is not, ‘does the No. 16 seed have a chance?’ It’s more along the lines of, ‘does anyone have a chance against the Huskies?’ This is not to demean St. Francis’ earning their first-time NCAA Tournament bid. They just have the unfortunate luck of drawing the No. 16 seed in the Mideast, and having to play the eventual Tournament Champion. The Huskies, who have beaten their opponents by an average of 37 points this season, need to continue to play their excellent brand of basketball no matter who they encounter.

No. 2 seed Purdue has lost some big games during the latter part of the season, including the semifinal conference tournament game to unranked Indiana. I don’t see them as a factor for very long, if they can’t put it together for the big contests. Look for No. 3 seed Kansas State, who is taking their basketball very seriously, to challenge UConn in the regional final. They’ll have to get by a persistent No. 6 Arkansas team first, though. The Lady Razorbacks have been on a tear lately, upsetting South Carolina 79-61 in the SEC tournament, and losing to Vanderbilt by only three points, 81-78, in the SEC semifinals.

Winner: Who else? UConn!

Midwest Regional

The Midwest Regional is likely the toughest road to the Final Four. In the earliest controversy of the Women’s 2002 NCAA Tournament, SEC Champ Vanderbilt 27-6 was given the Midwest’s No. 1 seed, much to the chagrin of No. 2 seed Tennessee and Coach Pat Summit. You can rest assured trouble is in store for the bottom half of the bracket, as this demotion may be the impetus the Lady Vols needed to start playing some basketball.

As both SEC teams are paired in the Midwest they may meet yet again this season in order to advance to the Final Four.

Also slotted in the Midwest are a number of AP Top 25 teams: No. 3 seed/No. 11 Iowa State, No. 4 seed/No. 16 North Carolina, No. 5 seed/No. 19 Minnesota, No. 6 seed/No. 24 Florida. No. 8 Wisconsin faces off against No. 9 Arizona State, in what promises to be one of the most exciting first round match-ups. The PAC-10 champs who just up-ended Stanford for the conference title looked strong and were unrelenting against the Cardinals. The No. 10 Lobos and No. 12 UNLV can also win on any given day.

Can you say ‘stacked?’ This conference is a toss up! Logic says a 1-2 Vandy-Tennessee regional final with Tennessee avenging their sub-par season finish. But this is March Madness and logic does not always prevail.

West Regional

No. 1 seed Oklahoma, Rulers of the Toughest Conference in Women’s Basketball carry a 27-3 record into their opening round versus a 16-14 Hartford team. The Sooners three losses were to ranked teams only, and included the likes of Connecticut, Iowa State and Texas. Hartford, coached by ex-UConn and WNBA standout Jennifer Rizzotti, will need a little bit of luck, in addition to hard work, to get past the Sooners. The Hawks are making their first NCAA appearance, having surprised their conference colleagues by stealing the America East Conference title.

No. 2 seed Stanford should be back to full strength with their leading scorer Lindsey Yamasaki back in the lineup. I don’t see much standing in their way to the West Regional final, as my No. 3 seed Buffs have been inconsistent when the game has been on the line. Look for No. 4 seed Texas Tech and No. 5 Boston College to meet in the second round and provide some good old basketball.

I’m predicting a 1-2 Oklahoma vs. Stanford regional final, with Stanford pulling off the upset.

East Regional

No. 1 seed Duke who takes a 27-3 record to the dance may end up all wet just like Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed in one of the best scenes of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Who have the Blue Devils played this year? No one really, and when they did challenge the big dogs like Tennessee, and South Carolina they were chased off the porch. Their third loss came to Toledo – who? I think their record is similar to the dance floor at the high school reunion in “It’s A Wonderful Life” – not what it seems below the surface.

Look for an all-Texas, East Regional final. No. 2 Baylor, a very physical and seasoned Big 12 team should meet No. 4 seed and Big 12 rival, Texas for a trip to the Final Four. In fact, Baylor’s tough brand of round-ball should keep them in it for a while-maybe even meeting Stanford for a shot at the National Championship.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 9, 2017

November 10, 2017 by

The season is almost here, and we take a look at some of what to expect this coming season. We have preseason polls, conference changes, a look at some conferences and some matchups to start the season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017 by

The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.