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DELAWARE (6) vs. North Carolina (3) _ There’s just no way that Elena Delle Donne will lose her final game at home. She’ll have a huge game to lift the Blue Hens to the regional semifinals and a trip to Connecticut.

KENTUCKY (2) vs. St. John’s (10) _ Nadirah McKenith will be able to handle the Wildcats’ 40 minutes of dread. Unfortunately, the Red Storm don’t have an answer for Samarie Walker.


CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Maryland (4) _ The Terrapins gave UConn a tough game in the Jimmy V Classic back in December. Maryland is still short-handed and the Huskies are too strong.

KENTUCKY (2) vs. Delaware (6) _ Delle Donne and Samarie Walker could have been teammates at UConn. Instead, they will be facing each other in the regional semifinals. Delle Donne’s career will end one step short of the matchup that everyone would have loved to see.


CONNECTICUT (1) vs. Kentucky (2) _ Tiffany Hayes was the difference last year when these two met in the regional final and UConn came away with a 15-point win. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will be the one this time to get the Huskies back to their sixth straight Final Four.



NOTRE DAME (1) vs. Tennessee-Martin (16) _ The Irish aren’t thrilled they are playing in Iowa. They’ll take it out on the Skyhawks. Tennessee-Martin has won eight straight and already played three Top 10 teams this season back in November. They lost those on average by 23 points.

IOWA (9) vs Miami (8) _ For the second straight season, the Hurricanes will have to play an opponent on its home court in the NCAA tournament. For the second time in a row, they’ll fall. Iowa has lost in four of their past five opening-round NCAA games.

COLORADO (5) vs Kansas (12) _ The Jayhawks were somewhat of a surprise to make the field. Angel Goodrich and Chucky Jeffrey will be an awesome matchup of two talented senior guards. The Buffaloes have enough of a supporting cast and home-court advantage to win this matchup of teams familiar with each other from their Big 12 days.

SOUTH CAROLINA (4) vs South Dakota State (13) _ The Jackrabbits have made the NCAA tournament all five years since they moved up from NCAA Division II, winning once. They won’t be able to get that second victory in the matchup of “south” schools. The Gamecocks set a school record with their 11 SEC wins this season and matched a 33-year-old school record with 23 regular-season wins.

NEBRASKA (6) vs. Chattanooga (11) _ Jordan Hooper and Lindsay Moore were a combined 9 for 39 in last season’s opening round loss to Kansas in NCAA tournament. They won’t repeat that against the Lady Mocs, who have won 19 straight games.

TEXAS A&M (3) vs. Wichita State (14) _ The Shockers are making their first appearance in the NCAA tournament and it will be a short one against a strong Texas A&M squad which is peaking at the right time. The Aggies had three straight wins over No. 14 South Carolina, No. 9 Tennessee and No. 7 Kentucky to win the SEC tournament.

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