With two more Final Four spots to be decided, only a few SB Nation sites see their teams still standing in the 2012 NCAA women’s basketball tournament and offer their insights from last night’s games and previews of tonight’s games.
- Greg Alan Edwards of A Sea Of Blue was excited to preview the Kentucky Wildcats‘ Elite Eight matchup with the Connecticut Huskies and wonders if anyone else in Big Blue Nation will take notice with the men’s team also doing well. After calling coach Matthew Mitchell Kentucky A.D. Mitch Barnhar’s best hire, he looks at the key to this game: tempo. Read more >>>
- 4pointshooter of One Foot Down previews the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s game against the Maryland Terrapins tonight with some historical notes and a summary of how each team got to this point in the tournament. Given the matchup, they expect to see “a lot of sophomore forward Natalie Achonwa (also, a Canuck!) together with Peters in the paint for long stretches.” Read more >>>
- Anthony Porter of The UConn Blog posts a few links relevant to the matchup with the Wildcats, including an article from Boston.com in which Geno Auriemma suggests that the Huskies’ February losses may have saved the team’s season. Read more >>>
- Chris Pendley of Rocky Top Talk looks back on the Tennessee Lady Vols’ disappointing loss to the Baylor Lady Bears last night and says that it was obvious that the Lady Vols were playing scared. Nevertheless, he liked their defensive game plan and Glory Johnson’s play. Read more >>>
- SB Nation Dallas has a storystream up to track Baylor’s progress in the tournament and points to Odyssey Sims three to stop a 6-0 Lady Vols run in last night’s game as a key moment to propelling the the Lady Bears to victory. Read more >>>
- Takimoto of Addicted to Quack offers a take on the Stanford Cardinal’s upcoming Final Four opponent, in Pac-12 solidarity: “OMG everyone freak out Brittney Griner can dunk! Of course she can dunk, she’s 6’8″! When you factor the length of her arms, she only needs like an 18″ vertical leap to slam. I have an 18″ vertical leap right now, and I had Jack in the Box twice yesterday.” Point taken, though Sports Science has previously presented the details on her ability. Read more >>>