- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Clearly it’s not going out on a limb to predict UConn and Notre Dame meeting in the national championship game with history at stake.

There’s a bunch of other games in the women’s basketball tournament that may not be so obvious. Here’s one look at what could happen over the next three weeks:

The bracket breakdown (winners in all caps):



(1) UCONN vs. (16) Prairie View A&M; - The Lady Panthers became ninth team to enter NCAAs with a losing record. All the previous ones have lost. Don’t expect that to change against the defending champions.

(8) GEORGIA vs. (9) Saint Joseph’s - The Lady Bulldogs have made the tournament in 31 of the 33 years. They’ve lost in the opening round twice in the past five years. Andy Landers young team will get through this time.

(5) N.C. STATE vs. (12) Brigham Young - Wes Moore has instilled confidence in the Wolfpack. Still, they haven’t seen a player like BYU’s Jennifer Hamson. The 6-foot-7 center is second in the nation in blocks. She just doesn’t have enough of a supporting cast to pull off the upset.

(4) NEBRASKA vs. (13) Fresno State - Jordan Hooper and Rachel Theriot are going to be way too much for the Bulldogs to handle.

(6) GONZAGA vs. (11) James Madison - Really great matchup between two strong mid-major programs. The Dukes have been on quite a roll this season winning the CAA regular season and conference tournament titles. Kelly Graves always has the Zags ready come tournament time.

(3) TEXAS A&M; vs. (14) North Dakota - Gary Blair’s team has won 17 of its 21 games since Dec. 28 and the Aggies should have no problem at home against the tournament newcomer.

(7) DEPAUL vs. (10) Oklahoma - Strangely these two schools have only played once before, back in 2006-07. The Sooners came away with a 105-71 victory. This Oklahoma team has struggled lately going 4-6 in its last 10 games. DePaul on the other hand has been hot winning the Big East regular season and conference titles. The Blue Demons will keep rolling.

(2) DUKE vs. (15) Winthrop - The Eagles are getting quite the introduction to the NCAA tournament, having to play at Duke. The Blue Devils, even without guards Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones, will be too much to handle.


UCONN vs. Georgia - There will be nearly 1,700 wins on the sidelines between Geno Auriemma and Andy Landers. Surprising the two schools have met four times. UConn has won the last three. It will be four after this game.

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