NCAA Women's Basketball Bracket 2013: Predictions for Sweet 16 and More
Eight teams are already locked into the 2013 NCAA women's basketball tournament Sweet 16, but Tuesday night's games will help decide the final 16 competitors for the tournament championship for good.
Three No. 1 seeds (Baylor, Stanford and Notre Dame) will all be in action on Tuesday night, meaning you've got a myriad of options when it comes to catching the eight games that will be on ESPN's family of networks.
Baylor (33-1) leads the pack when it comes to women's basketball, led by future WNBA star Brittney Griner. The Bears are the clear choice to win this tournament, but face a tough Florida State squad at home on Tuesday night that could send those dreams away before they come to fruition.
We've already seen three lower-seeded teams take out a favorite in this event. Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska all took out a top seed on Monday night, sending South Carolina, UCLA and Texas A&M home early—all three teams that were expected to contend for a deep tournament run.
We might not see that many upsets with three No. 1 seeds in action on Tuesday night, but the potential for a Cinderella team to emerge from the field is always there, meaning you should stay up-to-date with the NCAA women's tournament as it reaches the Sweet 16 on Tuesday.
Monday's Round of 32 Scores
No. 1 Connecticut 77, No. 8 Vanderbilt 44
No. 2 Tennessee 68, No. 10 Creighton 52
No. 6 Oklahoma 85, No. 3 UCLA 72
No. 4 Maryland 74, No. 5 Michigan State 49
No. 12 Kansas 75, No. 4 South Carolina 69
No. 6 Nebraska 74, No. 3 Texas A&M 63
No. 2 California 82, No. 10 South Florida 78 (OT)
No. 4 Georgia 65, No. 5 Iowa State 60
Tuesday's Round of 32 Schedule
Note: Check regional listings for TV times. If a game is not being broadcasted on the network listed below, check WatchESPN or ESPN3, which will both be broadcasting every game of the tournament.
|No. 6 Delaware vs. No. 3 North Carolina||7:05||ESPN2||Newark, Del.|
|No. 7 Oklahoma St. vs. No. 2 Duke||7:10||ESPNU||Durham, N.C.|
|No. 5 Louisville vs. No. 4 Purdue||7:10||ESPNN||Louisville, Kent.|
|No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 2 Kentucky||7:15||ESPN2||Queens, N.Y.|
|No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 1 Baylor||9:35||ESPN2||Waco, Tex.|
|No. 9 Iowa vs. No. 1 Notre Dame||9:40||ESPNU||Iowa City, Iowa|
|No. 6 LSU vs. No. 3 Penn State||9:45||ESPN2||Baton Rouge, La.|
|No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 1 Stanford||9:50||ESPN2||Stanford, Cal.|
No. 8 Florida State vs. No. 1 Baylor
It's Griner's last game in Waco, and that doesn't bode well for the Florida State Seminoles in the round of 32 on Tuesday night. However, the Noles are coming in after a win over Princeton, and are just as eager to knock off the No. 1 team in the nation as any of the rest of the field.
Baylor completely demolished Prairie View A&M in the first round behind Griner's 33 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks. While Griner is the clear class of the NCAA on the women's side, role players Odyssey Sims and Destiny Williams can also impact the game in a positive way for the loaded Bears.
Leonor Rodriguez, Morgan Toles and the rest of the Noles have their work cut out to make this a game, especially without a true threat to oppose Griner on the inside. I love the passion and intensity that Florida State brings to the table, but to beat Baylor in Waco on Griner's senior night would be something out of the stars. Baylor moves on.
Prediction: Baylor 68, Florida State 54
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 2 Duke
It's been an excellent tournament so far for the Big 12, highlighted by No. 1 Baylor taking care of business and two lower seeds (No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 12 Kansas) knocking off higher-seeded schools to reach the Sweet 16.
Enter Oklahoma State, eager to prove that its Big 12 schedule prepared it for the extremely tough task of walking into Cameron Indoor and beating Duke for the first time at home this season.
Both teams can score at will. Duke's Elizabeth Williams averages 15.5 points per game, while Toni Young of the Cowboys puts in an impressive 16.2 points per game. It should be an exciting matchup of offense in the round of 32.
I'll give the edge to Duke because of the home win-streak, its history in the tournament (Duke has reached the regional round in 14 of the last 15 years) and because the game is in Cameron Indoor. Don't expect Oklahoma State to take it lying down. The Cowboys will come out firing and have a good chance to pull off this upset, but Duke will be just a bit too much for the Pokes on Tuesday night.
Prediction: Duke 74, Oklahoma State 71
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 1 Stanford
If Michigan is going to have any shot of knocking off No. 1 Standford on Tuesday night, it's going to have to use a perfect blend of senior leadership and three-point shooting.
Chiney Ogwumike and the rest of the Cardinal are going to have to defend the three-pointer well and grow up fast against five Wolverine seniors. Although Michigan has never made it out of the second round, the experience of these seniors could come into play big time against a young Stanford team that feeds the ball to Ogwumike on almost every possession.
Stanford has other talent, but Jenny Ryan and the rest of the Michigan lineup has a true chance to pull off this upset. With Stanford pushing out to defend the three-point line, it could open up penetration lanes for the Michigan lineup and put Ogwumike on an island on the inside—then a threat for foul trouble.
That will be a problem for Stanford, but the size difference will also be a problem for Michigan. Look for Stanford to ride Ogwumike—per the usual—to a second-round tournament win.
Stanford 65, Michigan 61
No. 2 Kentucky over No. 7 Dayton
No. 6 LSU over No. 3 Penn State
No. 3 North Carolina over No. 6 Delaware
No. 4 Purdue over No. 5 Louisville
No. 1 Notre Dame over No. 9 Iowa
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