No. 1 North Carolina vs.
No. 4 Louisville
The Tar Heels lead the nation in scoring at 87.9 points per game, but Louisville isn't backing off: "We want to outrun them. We can run, too. That's how we like to play," said Cardinals star Angel McCoughtry, who led the Big East with 23.5 points per game. Watch out for UNC's big three of 6-3 LaToya Pringle and 6-1 Rashanda McCants and Erlana Larkins — the Tar Heels have been outrebounded just three times all season.
Time/TV: Noon; ESPN
No. 2 LSU vs.
No. 3 Oklahoma State
Cowgirls coach Kurt Budke made a name for himself at Louisiana Tech and returns to Louisiana with tiny-but-talented Andrea Riley, who is 5 feet 5 but quick enough to run through defenses. LSU, seeking a fifth straight Final Four, has a dominant senior center in 6-6 Sylvia Fowles.
Time/TV: 2:30; ESPN
Second-ranked North Carolina didn't get much of a reward in being sent to New Orleans, where LSU is in its own back yard. The past three years, UNC has lost to the eventual national champion, but the Tar Heels are hoping to end that streak by winning the crown that has eluded them.