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Women's Lincoln Region bracket breakdown

Coach Geno Auriemma and UConn have dominated all season as they seek 40-0.

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Coach Geno Auriemma and UConn have dominated all season as they seek 40-0.

The favorite

Connecticut. Though not the deepest Huskies team ever, it could be the first to go 40-0. No one has come within single digits of Geno Auriemma's club (34-0), the only team allowing fewer than 50 points a game (47). For all the accolades raining upon 6-4 sophomore Breanna Stewart, this is a selfless bunch. UConn's 21.6 assists a game lead the nation.

Other contenders

None. This is UConn's tournament to lose. In fact, the Huskies defeated second-seeded Duke by 22 in Durham in mid December.

Best player

Stewart (19.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg), who recently was selected the espnW national player of the year. Stewart ranked in the top 10 in the American Athletic Conference in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage, blocks and free-throw efficiency.

Dream matchup

No. 10 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Nebraska. Rivalry renewed. In Lincoln. For a Final Four berth. Too bad it will never happen.

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Team to beat

Women's Lincoln Region bracket breakdown 03/17/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2014 9:59pm]
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