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2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Picks

Posted by sportsmaven on March 18, 2009

College tournament basketball.  Women’s basketball.  While all the hype is focused on the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the women are also playing their tournament, and I have picks for that tournament to share.

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

(AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The decision to start with the women’s bracket was easy. Women’s college basketball is easier to make picks, due to the fact that there are a few dominant teams and upsets seemed less likely than in the men’s bracket.  Thus, the picks came much quicker and easier.  Without hesitation, the picks are:

Trenton Bracket: Connecticut, Florida, Virginia, California, Arizona State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M

Berkley Bracket: Duke, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee, Iowa State, Texas, Ohio State, DePaul, Stanford

Raleigh Bracket: Maryland, Utah, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, LSU, Louisville, TCU, Baylor

Oklahoma City Bracket: Oklahoma, Iowa, Gonzaga, Pittsburgh, Purdue, North Carolina, Rutgers, Auburn

Sweet 16: Connecticut, California, Florida State, Texas A&M, Duke, Tennessee, Ohio State, Stanford, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Baylor, Oklahoma, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Auburn

Elite 8: Connecticut, Texas A&M, Duke, Stanford, Maryland, Baylor, Oklahoma, North Carolina

Final 4: Connecticut, Stanford, Maryland, Oklahoma

Finals: Connecticut vs. Oklahoma

National Champion: Connecticut

The Connecticut team is undefeated entering the tournament and will remain undefeated as National Champion.  I like Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris’ “guarantee” that if Oklahoma doesn’t win the National Championship, she will refund her scholarship to University of Oklahoma.  As I remarked on Twitter yesterday, Courtney, you better get your checkbook ready.  My men’s picks will follow shortly and the games will begin tomorrow at high noon (well, 12:20p EST).

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SportsMaven’s 2008 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tourney Picks

Posted by sportsmaven on April 15, 2008

The Sports Maven also did a women’s basketball bracket on the eve of a trip to West Lafayette, IN to watch the first and second round of the 2008 Women’s NCAA Basketball tournament. Does the SportsMaven knows his stuff in women’s college hoops. Below are my 2008 NCAA picks for the women’s basketball tournament:

AP Photo/John Raoux

AP Photo/John Raoux

  • Second Round: Connecticut, Texas, Old Dominion, Virginia, George Washington, California, Iowa State, Rutgers, Maryland, Nebraska, West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Texas-El Paso, Stanford, North Carolina, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Marist, Louisiana State, Tennessee, Utah, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Duke, Syracuse, Texas A&M
  • Sweet 16: Connecticut, Old Dominion, California, Rutgers, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Baylor, Stanford, North Carolina, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Louisiana State, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Duke, Texas A&M
  • Elite Eight: Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland, Stanford, North Carolina, Louisiana State, Tennessee, Duke
  • Final Four: Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee
  • National Championship Game: Connecticut vs. Tennessee
  • National Champion: Connecticut
Check back for progress against this year’s picks……congratulations to the women’s teams of DePaul and Illinois State, the only Illinois teams in this year’s men’s or women’s brackets.

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