NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament 2012: Baylor and Locks for Final Four

T.J. Mcaloon@@tjmcaloonContributorMarch 12, 2012

Brittney Griner and the undefeated Baylor Bears reign supreme leading up to the NCAA Division I women’s college basketball tournament, which tips off Saturday.

Griner will lead Baylor into the Final Four, where it will be joined by these other teams.  While the bracket will not be released until tonight, all three teams are guaranteed No. 1 seeds.

 

Baylor Bears (34-0)

Baylor blew out almost every team that had the misfortune of playing it this year. In fact, only five out of its 34 victories were by fewer than 10 points. 

Aside from those five wins, Baylor was able to blow out teams by as many as 60 points. 

However, Griner will lead Baylor to its second-ever women's basketball title.

 

Connecticut Huskies (29-4)

Despite finishing with an amazing 29 victories, this year was disappointing for the UConn women, since they lost four games. 

Before this season, this UConn program hadn’t lost more than two games since the 2006-07 season. That year, the women’s team went to the Elite Eight, seeing its season come to an end at the hands of LSU. 

This time around, UConn will advance past the Elite Eight because it ranks fifth in the NCAA in points per game, averaging 78.3.

For as good as UConn is on offense, this team is just as good on defense. It ranks first in the nation, only allowing opposing teams to average 45.7 points per game.

UConn will cruise through its region and advance to play in the Final Four. 

 

Notre Dame (30-3)

The Big East will have two teams in the Final Four. Notre Dame did drop an early season game to Baylor, 94-81, but rebounded to win its next 21.

This year, the Fighting Irish knocked off 11 ranked teams, including Duke, Purdue, Kentucky, Connecticut (twice), Georgetown, Tennessee, Rutgers, DePaul (twice) and Louisville.

Because of their 21-game winning streak and 11 victories over ranked teams, they will blow past their competition in their region, making their way into the Final Four. 

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