Seeding: #4 Des Moines
First Round Match-Up: Vs. #13 Sacred Heart in Chapel Hill, 3/18/12.
Overall Chances: While I thought the Jackets deserved a #3
seed, they have to be overjoyed that they get to play a few hours from
home on a true neutral court with which they are quite familiar.
Sacred Heart is a strong first round opponent, but they don't have the
depth or size to keep up with the Jackets for a game. Tech will then
have a great shot at being Georgetown in round two. If they can beat
Georgetown's press to score and keep their turnovers low, the Jackets
will win easily. The party will end against Baylor, as they have too
many athletes and too much Britney Griner. The Jackets will break
another team record for victories and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for
the first time.
|Sasha Goodlett was a dominating force in the 2012 ACC Tournament, nearly leading the Jackets to the title.|
Seeding: #2 Raleigh.
First Round Match-Up: Hosting #15 Navy in College Park, 3/17/12.
Overall Chances: The Terps have a great chance at the Final
Four. They got every break in terms of seeding. First, their first
round opponent had an RPI of 188, which should have put them at a #16
seed. I suspect the NCAA committee gamed the system a bit to keep
Navy close to home. While Louisville has a great point guard in
Schoni Schimmel and potential grudge match potential with coach Jeff
Walz (relations between this former Maryland assistant and Brenda
Frese are reputed to be icy at best), they don't have the size to
match up with Maryland's imposing front court. Maryland would then
likely play defending national champ Texas A&M, but the game would be
in Raleigh, giving Maryland a better chance of having their fans on
hand. The Aggies are good but not nearly as tough as last year's
team. That would likely lead to a showdown with Notre Dame in the
regional final, and the Terps certainly have the firepower and size to
match up with the Irish. The question for the Terps would be, can
they defend the potent Irish offense led by All-American Skylar
|After seizing the ACC Championship, Alyssa Thomas and the Terps have set their sights on winning the Raleigh region.|
Seeding: #3 in Kingston.
First Round Match-Up: Vs. #14 Idaho State in Spokane, 3/17/12.
Overall Chances: The bad news for Miami is that they have to
fly across the country and play on the home court of a team with a
rabid fan following. The good news is that the Canes love the pace at
which the Zags prefer to play, and I'd guess they would think they're
better at it. The key for Miami will be getting regular scoring
contributions from guard Stefanie Yderstrom, more activity on the
offensive end from Pepper Wilson and some kind of boost from their
bench. If they manage to run that gauntlet, then a date with Kentucky
is likely. The Cats have good balance and like to press, so Miami's
ability to score from that pressure will be key. UConn would be the
last team they have to face to get to the Final Four, and Miami would
have a puncher's chance in this game if Shenise Johnson and Riquna
Williams get hot. I thnk Miami will get as far as the regional finals
|Miami and Shenise Johnson are looking to bounce back from an early ACC exit.|
DWHoops will provide updates on these teams throughout the NCAA Tournament, including possible in-person coverage of Mayrland in the Raleigh regional.
A preview of Duke and the Nashville Pod will be published Friday morning.