Women's Tournament 2013: Latest Bracket Picture and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2013

Mar 31, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Jude Schimmel (22) controls the ball in the second half against the Baylor Lady Bears during the semifinals of the Oklahoma City regional of the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Cardinals beat the Lady Bears 82-81. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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It seems the women's NCAA tournament has finally caught up to the madness of the men's side. The final three rounds are certain to be quite exciting. 

In one of the biggest upsets in the sport's history, No. 5 seed Louisville defeated No. 1 Baylor, a squad that lost only once in the past two seasons. This was after Stanford—the only other team to beat the Bears this year—also lost in the Sweet 16.

There has already been enough drama for the entire NCAA tournament. Still, you do not want to miss what will happen next.

Here is a look at the Elite Eight and beyond.



You can view the live bracket here, courtesy of NCAA.com.


Elite Eight

No. 2 Tennessee over No. 5 Louisville

Louisville put together an amazing game plan to defeat Baylor. The Cardinals covered Brittney Griner well and gave themselves open looks on the offensive end.

However, it is tough to regain that same type of energy just two days after a big win. Without a week to prepare, Tennessee should be able to use its pure talent to outscore Louisville.


No. 4 Georgia over No. 2 California

California has put together an impressive season and is one of the hottest teams in the country, but the squad has not truly been challenged for a long time. It certainly has not seen a defense as good as Georgia's in months.

The Lady Bulldogs are very well-coached and always seem to be in the right spot on the defensive side of the ball. After holding Stanford to 37.9 percent shooting, Cal should not be a problem.


No. 1 Connecticut over No. 2 Kentucky

Both teams had very impressive Sweet 16 games to reach this point. Connecticut dominated a talented Maryland squad, while Kentucky handled Elena Delle Donne and Delaware. 

In another bracket, Kentucky would probably reach the Final Four. Unfortunately, Connecticut is simply too talented and too experienced in big games to lose this one. 


No. 1 Notre Dame over No. 2 Duke

At 33-2 on the year, it is obvious that Duke has the ability to play with any team in the country. However, the Blue Devils have not faced anyone as talented as Skylar Diggins this season.

Notre Dame's new career scoring leader will be able to control the game and do whatever is needed to come away with a win.


Final Four

No. 2 Tennessee over No. 4 Georgia

After finally breaking through to the Final Four after two seasons that ended in the Elite Eight, Tennessee will be ready to take over once again. 

The Lady Vols have struggled a little this year against the top teams in the country, but they are fortunate to avoid the best ones until the final round. Until then, they should be able to handle a squad without a big-time scoring option like Georgia.


No. 1 Connecticut over No. 1 Notre Dame

These teams have already played three times this season. Notre Dame has won once by two points, once by one point and once in triple overtime. It is incredibly difficult to beat the same squad four times in a year.

Although the Irish have the confidence, Connecticut wants revenge. Geno Auriemma's squad is not going to go down without a fight and the Huskies will finally pull out the win over their talented rival.



No. 1 Connecticut over No. 2 Tennessee

With Baylor and Stanford out of the tournament, there is a large imbalance in the tournament. If Connecticut or Notre Dame reach the finals, there is no one on the other side of the bracket that will be able to compete.

Behind the nation's top three-point shooter, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the Huskies should be able to blow out Tennessee in the final round, earning yet another championship in the school's proud history.