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LOUISVILLE (7) vs. Michigan State (10) _ Shoni Schimmel will be the difference for the Cardinals in this defensive battle.

MARYLAND (2) vs. Navy (15) _ Only 30 miles separate these schools. The difference on the court is a lot greater. The Terps roll over the Midshipmen.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. California (8) _ Natalie Novosel has come up big all season for the Irish. She’ll shoot them past the Golden Bears.

MARIST (13) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (12) _ Corielle Yarde is the latest star guard to play for coach Brian Giorgis. She’ll guide the Red Foxes back to the regional semifinals.

TEXAS A&M (3) vs. Arkansas (6) _ Gary Blair takes on his former school and former assistant Tom Collen. It would be something to see the defending national champs knocked out by one of his disciples. Kelsey Bone won’t let that happen to the Aggies on their home court.

MARYLAND (2) vs. Louisville (10) _ See above. Jeff Walz was an assistant for Brenda Frese when the Terps won the national championship. The two met in 2009 with the Cardinals knocking off Maryland in the regional final. The Terps are just too talented for that to happen again.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. Marist (13) _ Giorgis is incredibly good at scouting opponents. He just doesn’t have enough talent to pull off this monumental upset.

MARYLAND (2) vs. Texas A&M (3) _ The Terps finally end the defending champions’ run in the postseason. Alyssa Thomas will be the difference for the Terps.


NOTRE DAME (1) vs. Maryland (2) _ The Irish haven’t needed much out of stellar guard Skylar Diggins until now. She’ll carry Notre Dame back to the Final Four in one of the best games of the tournament.



STANFORD (1) vs. Hampton (16) _ The Cardinal’s first NCAA trip east of the Rockies since 2001 will result in a tougher than expected win over Hampton.

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