Abrupt End to the Season

The Ohio State and Kentucky women saw their seasons come to an end in the Sweet 16, despite playing lower seeds. But at least I mentioned that the respective matchups were scary.

I don’t know how Washington could have finished fifth in the Pac-12. They came into Rupp Arena and shot the lights out, beating Kentucky 85-72. In the Lexington region, Stanford upset Notre Dame, setting up an all-Pac-12 final. The Huskies won that, giving them their first Final Four appearance, ever. Oregon State came out of another region after knocking off #1-seed Baylor, to also earn it’s first Final Four trip. Looking at teams around the country other than Connecticut, the Pac-12 seems to have been the toughest conference. Or, at least, they had teams who really came on in March.

Ohio State was beaten fairly handily by Tennessee in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. But the Volunteers lost the regional final to Syracuse who had upset #1-seed South Carolina. The Orange are another Final Four newcomer.

Speaking of Connecticut, I saw the other day where an eastern pundit said that Connecticut is “killing” women’s basketball. I don’t think that is accurate. I WILL say that the dominance of UConn makes the sport somewhat less interesting to me. But in a time when “success” and “achievement” are rapidly becoming dirty words to a lot of people, I’m not comfortable disparaging ¬†Connecticut’s amazing accomplishments.

 

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