The second round of the women's NCAA tournament is halfway done, and eight more teams will be looking to punch their tickets to the Sweet 16 on Tuesday.
There are some interesting matchups to watch for in the second round, but all eyes will be on a select few teams expected to go a long way in this year's tournament and whether or not they will go down in a massive upset on Tuesday.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the complete schedule for Tuesday, followed by some bracket predictions from the subregionals.
Day 4 Schedule
|Women's NCAA Tournament Day 4 Schedule|
|No. 9 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 1 Connecticut||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 5 Texas vs. No. 4 Maryland||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 North Carolina||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 11 Florida vs. No. 3 Penn State||7 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 3 Louisville||9:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 7 LSU vs. No. 2 West Virginia||9:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 9 Oregon State vs. No. 1 South Carolina||9:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
|No. 11 James Madison vs. No. 3 Texas A&M||9:30 p.m.||ESPN2|
Connecticut Rolls to National Championship
This isn't the boldest prediction, but it's definitely the easiest one to make.
At 35-0, the Connecticut Huskies are an unstoppable force once again. They lead the nation in scoring defense by quite a considerable margin, giving up just 46.9 points per game. To put that in perspective, Presbyterian is second in the nation while giving up 53.5 points per contest.
Head coach Geno Auriemma knows a thing or two about bringing this team deep into the tournament. He's helped lead the Huskies to six consecutive Final Four appearances, including three national titles. After winning their first-round matchup against Prairie View, Auriemma did a good job of putting things into perspective, according to John Altavilla from the Hartford Courant.
"This time of the year, all you really want to do is get the first one out of the way," said Auriemma. "We did a lot of great things, even though you know you are not going to play your best game of the year."
Along with a strong defense and a great coach, the Huskies are also an efficient scoring team. Not only do they average 82.8 points per game, they also shoot 50.7 percent from the field, putting them just behind Notre Dame for first place in the nation in field-goal percentage.
Overall, this year's Huskies team looks unbeatable once again, and they shouldn't have trouble getting to the national championship.
Louisville Advances to Final Four
They're only a No. 3 seed, but the Louisville Cardinals haven't gotten nearly enough credit for what they've done this year, and they should be able to advance out of their region to make it to the Final Four.
The Cardinals have had a very strong season so far, going 31-4 and 16-2 in the AAC. Of those four losses, three came to the undefeated Huskies while the other came to the Kentucky Wildcats, a team that grabbed a No. 3 seed in this year's tourney. Despite four losses, Louisville wins by an average margin of 19.7 points per game, showing just how dominant they can be.
There are three players for the Cardinals who average at least 10 points per game, but Shoni Schimmel has been the team's go-to scoring option. This year, she's averaged 16.8 points per game, although she's shooting just 39.2 percent from the field.
Despite not being able to grab a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, the Cardinals should be able to get through West Virginia and Tennessee in their region to make it to the Final Four.
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