18 March 2014

2014 NCAA Women's Tournament Predictions

Sure, the NCAA Women's Tournament is not as big of a deal as its brother is, but it still is a big deal in the realm of college athletics without question. And you can also find yourself some strong basketball being played by the ladies. The 2014 NCAA Women's Tournament kicks off this Saturday and it seems like we are headed towards a UConn-Notre Dame championship game with both teams entering the tournament undefeated, although a deep tournament field may have something to say about that.

Here are my 2014 NCAA Women's Tournament predictions.
First Round
Lincoln Region
#1 UConn vs. #16 Prairie View A&M
Pick: UConn

#8 Georgia vs. #9 St. Joseph's
Pick: Georgia

#5 NC State vs. #12 BYU
Pick: NC State

#4 Nebraska vs. #13 Fresno State
Pick: Nebraska

#6 Gonzaga vs. #11 James Madison
Pick: Gonzaga

#3 Texas A&M vs. #14 North Dakota
Pick: Texas A&M

#7 DePaul vs. #10 Oklahoma
Pick: Oklahoma

#2 Duke vs. #15 Winthrop
Pick: Duke

Stanford Region
#1 South Carolina vs. #16 CSU Northridge
Pick: South Carolina

#8 Middle Tennessee vs. #9 Oregon State
Pick: Oregon State

#5 Michigan State vs. #12 Hampton
Pick: Michigan State

#4 North Carolina vs. #13 Tennessee-Martin
Pick: North Carolina

#6 Dayton vs. #11 Florida
Pick: Dayton

#3 Penn State vs. #14 Wichita State
Pick: Penn State

#7 Iowa State vs. #10 Florida State
Pick: Florida State

#2 Stanford vs. #15 South Dakota
Pick: Stanford

Notre Dame Region
#1 Notre Dame vs. #16 Robert Morris
Pick: Notre Dame

#8 Vanderbilt vs. #9 Arizona State
Pick: Arizona State

#5 Oklahoma State vs. #12 Florida Gulf Coast
Pick: Oklahoma State

#4 Purdue vs. #13 Akron
Pick: Purdue

#6 Syracuse vs. #11 Chattanooga
Pick: Syracuse

#3 Kentucky vs. #14 Wright State
Pick: Kentucky

#7 California vs. #10 Fordham
Pick: Fordham

#2 Baylor vs. #15 Western Kentucky
Pick: Baylor

Louisville Region
#1 Tennessee vs. #16 Northwestern State
Pick: Tennessee

#8 St. John's vs. #9 USC
Pick: St John's

#5 Texas vs. #12 Penn
Pick: Penn

#4 Maryland vs. #13 Army
Pick: Maryland

#6 Iowa vs. #11 Marist
Pick: Iowa

#3 Louisville vs. #14 Idaho
Pick: Louisville

#7 LSU vs. #10 Georgia Tech
Pick: LSU

#2 West Virginia vs. #15 Albany
Pick: West Virginia

Second Round
Lincoln Region
#1 UConn vs. #8 Georgia
Pick: UConn

#4 Nebraska vs. #5 NC State
Pick: NC State

#4 Texas A&M vs. #6 Gonzaga
Pick: Gonzaga

#2 Duke vs. #10 Oklahoma
Pick: Duke

Stanford Region
#1 South Carolina vs. #9 Oregon State
Pick: South Carolina

#4 North Carolina vs. #5 Michigan State
Pick: Michigan State

#3 Penn State vs. #6 Dayton
Pick: Penn State

#2 Stanford vs. #10 Florida State
Pick: Stanford

Notre Dame Region
#1 Notre Dame vs. #9 Arizona State
Pick: Notre Dame

#4 Purdue vs. #5 Oklahoma State
Pick: Purdue

#3 Kentucky vs. #6 Syracuse
Pick: Syracuse

#2 Baylor vs. #10 Fordham
Pick: Baylor

Louisville Region
 #1 Tennessee vs. #8 St. John's
Pick: Tennessee

#4 Maryland vs. #12 Penn
Pick: Maryland

#3 Louisville vs. #6 Iowa
Pick: Iowa

#2 West Virginia vs. #7 LSU
Pick: West Virginia

Sweet Sixteen
Lincoln Region
#1 UConn vs. #5 NC State
Pick: UConn

#2 Duke vs. #6 Gonzaga
Pick: Gonzaga

Stanford Region
#1 South Carolina vs. #5 Michigan State
Pick: South Carolina

#2 Stanford vs. #3 Penn State
Pick: Stanford

Notre Dame Region
#1 Notre Dame vs. #4 Purdue
Pick: Notre Dame

#2 Baylor vs. #3 Kentucky
Pick: Baylor

Louisville Region
#1 Tennessee vs. #4 Maryland
Pick: Maryland

#2 West Virginia vs. #6 Iowa
Pick: West Virginia

Elite Eight
Lincoln Region
#1 UConn vs. #6 Gonzaga
Pick: UConn

Stanford Region
#1 South Carolina vs. #2 Stanford
Pick: Stanford

Notre Dame Region
#1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Baylor
Pick: Notre Dame

Louisville Region
#2 West Virginia vs. #4 Maryland
Pick: West Virginia

Final Four (Nashville)
#1 UConn vs. #2 Stanford
Pick: UConn

#1 Notre Dame vs. #2 West Virginia
Pick: Notre Dame

Championship (Nashville)
#1 UConn vs. #1 Notre Dame
So we get the matchup we are all awaiting in the championship. Both of these teams have dominated the competition all season long. In what should be a classic, I think a slight edge will go to Geno Auriemma and the Huskies and they will win their ninth title.
Pick: UConn

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