Women's Tournament 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Subregionals Day 4

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 25, 2014

Mar 23, 2014; Storrs, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Breanna Stewart (30) dribbles the ball around Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers forward Asha Hampton-Finch (44) in the second half of a women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Gampel Pavilion. The Huskies won 87-44. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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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
MatchupTime (ET)TV
No. 9 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 1 Connecticut7 p.m.ESPN2
No. 5 Texas vs. No. 4 Maryland7 p.m.ESPN2
No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 4 North Carolina7 p.m.ESPN2
No. 11 Florida vs. No. 3 Penn State7 p.m.ESPN2
No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 3 Louisville9:30 p.m.ESPN2
No. 7 LSU vs. No. 2 West Virginia9:30 p.m.ESPN2
No. 9 Oregon State vs. No. 1 South Carolina9:30 p.m.ESPN2
No. 11 James Madison vs. No. 3 Texas A&M9:30 p.m.ESPN2


Bracket Predictions

Connecticut Rolls to National Championship

Feb 16, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Bria Hartley (14) celebrates with forward Breanna Stewart (30) against the South Florida Bulls during the second half at USF Sun Dome. The Huskies won 63-38. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY S
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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.

Jan 28, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Connecticut Huskies head coach Geno Auriemma is interviewed after defeating the Temple Owls at McGonigle Hall. UCONN defeated Temple 93-56. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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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

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 09:  Shoni Schimmel #23 of the Louisville Cardinals looks for an open team mate against the Connecticut Huskies during the National Final game of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at New Orleans Arena on Apri
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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.