The 2014 NCAA women's tournament has showcased plenty of action-packed performances, and the Elite Eight will just continue to up the ante.
Only six teams remain, and Tuesday's matchups will narrow that number to four.
No. 4 North Carolina faces off against No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 Maryland meets No. 3 Louisville for the right to move on to the Final Four. Each of these teams have notched some impressive wins throughout the tournament to get this far; however, only two may advance.
We are certainly in for a treat when these teams take the floor on Tuesday. Let's break down all of the essential viewing information so not a moment of the action is missed and follow that up by predicting how each contest may shake out.
Elite Eight Day 2 Schedule
|Date||Matchup||Time (ET)||TV Info|
|Tues., April 1||No. 3 Louisville vs. No. 4 Maryland||7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Tues., April 1||No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 4 North Carolina||9 p.m.||ESPN|
The 2014 NCAA women's tournament can be live streamed on ESPN 3.
Elite Eight Day 2 Picks
|Team 1||Team 2||Pick|
|No. 3 Louisville||No. 4 Maryland||Louisville|
|No. 2 Stanford||No. 4 North Carolina||Stanford|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions
Louisville met its match in early March, losing to Connecticut by a score of 72-52. However, that may be just what the Cardinals needed. Since then, they have been demolishing opponents—their smallest margin of victory over the past three games has been 26 points.
This team looks to be getting better as the tournament goes on. After drubbing LSU 73-47 on Sunday, Tia Gibbs explained her team's mentality during a press conference with the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:
We won't let up on people and we know that there's a lot that we still have to work on. We can be up by 30 with a minute left, and we're getting upset at our players for doing something wrong. It's just our focus.
Gibbs came off the bench and connected on 5-of-9 three-point attempts for 15 points. Shoni Schimmel was hot from the field and scored 19 points, while Asia Taylor dominated the boards with 10 rebounds.
Louisville's defense shined as well, holding LSU to shoot just 23.9 percent from the field.
Maryland is riding high right now after a huge 73-62 upset victory over No. 1 Tennessee on Sunday.
The Volunteers simply had no answer for Alyssa Thomas, who put up a game-high 33 points and added 13 rebounds. The Terrapins showcased their depth, as three more players scored double-digit points.
Maryland's weakness right now is its ability to produce points consistently. Despite racking up 73 points against Tennessee, the Terrapins shot just 38.6 percent from the field.
Louisville has a stout defense and can put up points on almost anyone. If Maryland can't find a way to connect on more field goals, it will have a rough time keeping up with the Cardinals.
After a loss to USC on March 8, Stanford has been on an absolute tear, winning by at least 19 points in each of its last three contests.
The Cardinal trounced Penn State on Sunday by a score of 82-57. Chiney Ogwumike was on fire, scoring a game-high 29 points and adding 15 rebounds for an impressive double-double. It was not a one-woman show, though, as three of her teammates also scored double-digit points.
This team is playing solid, fundamental basketball right now and look very tough to beat.
North Carolina is coming off of a huge upset win over No. 1 South Carolina by a score of 65-58. The Tar Heels have been resilient, consistently emerging victorious in close contests.
Diamond DeShields was hot from the floor, connecting on 50 percent of her attempts for 19 points. Stephanie Mavunga looked good down low, coming up big in the paint with 13 points and nine rebounds.
North Carolina has been playing stellar defense; however, the Cardinal run a well-balanced attack and may prove too much for the Tar Heels to handle in this one.