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(1) Stanford vs. (16) Tulsa
Stanford will go for yet another Final Four appearance, while Tulsa will try to pull a mega upset. The fact that the Golden Hurricane are just one game above .500 and finished tied for fifth place in Conference USA should tell you everything you need to know about this one.
(8) Michigan vs. (9) Villanova
Kim Barnes Arico has done an exceptional job during her first year's as Michigan's women's head basketball coach. But her team is going to have its hands full against a good Villanova team that beat Syracuse and lost to Louisville and Notre Dame by a combined 13 points. Villanova wins this one in a tight one.
(5) Iowa State vs. (12) Gonzaga
It's tough to pick upsets in the first round of the women's tournament, but if there is one big upset to pick, this could be the one right here. Gonzaga hasn't lost since early January, running off 15 straight victories heading into this game.
The Zags also have the luxury of playing this game on their home court. Iowa State, meanwhile, is just 3-2 over its last five games, including a 28-point thumping by Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament. Can you say "upset?"
(4) Georgia vs. (13) Montana
This is another game that could be closer then many people may believe it will be. But in the end, Georgia is far too athletic for Montana, which results in a first-round victory for the Bulldogs.
(6) LSU vs. (11) Green Bay
Green Bay is one of the most underrated teams throughout all of college basketball. The Phoenix finished a perfect 16-0 in the Horizon League this season and went 29-2 overall. This is a team that hasn't lost a game since back on Dec. 5.
However, Green Bay got a tough draw having to go up against a talented LSU team that will be playing in Baton Rouge in front of their home fans. This will be one of those first-round games that very well could come down to the final possession. In the end, athleticism and experience prevails.
(3) Penn State vs. (14) Cal Poly
The Big Ten was the best conference in America this season when it comes to men's college basketball. The same can't be said for the women.
Despite an upset loss in the conference tournament, Penn State still gets my vote as the top team in the Big Ten and one that could raise some eyebrows in this tournament. They should make quick work of a Cal Poly team that is fun to watch, but just not on the same talent level.
Winner: Penn State
(7) Texas Tech vs. (10) South Florida
The 7-10 matchup is always a good one, and this one should be no different. These are two teams with identical 21-10 records, and both finished with exactly seven losses in conference play. The difference is that South Florida did so playing against the likes of Notre Dame, UConn and Louisville.
Winner: South Florida
(2) California vs. (15) Fresno State
California is a team that got hot at the right time this season. The Golden Bears closed out the year on a 16-game winning streak before falling to UCLA in the conference tournament. This is a team that could make a legitimate run at the Final Four, and they should have plenty of favorable matchups along the way, this one included.