Louisville. Like their men's counterparts, the No. 3-seeded Cardinals (30-4) could argue their seed, but they can't moan excessively with the Sweet 16 being staged on their home floor. Three of Louisville's four defeats have been to UConn, and the Cardinals possess an offensive dynamo in 5-9 senior guard Shoni Schimmel (17 ppg). The last team not named UConn to defeat Louisville on its home floor was USF, 13 months ago.
Top-seeded Tennessee (27-5) enters the tournament on a seven-game win streak, the past five of which have come against teams in the NCAA field. No. 2 seed West Virginia (29-4) won 12 in a row before a three-point loss to Baylor in the Big 12 title game.
Maryland senior Alyssa Thomas, the Terrapins' career scoring leader, recently was named ACC player of the year for a third consecutive season. A 6-2 forward, she might be the nation's only player who averages a double double (18.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg) and leads her team in assists (4.3).
We envision the KFC Yum! Center (we just like saying that name) rocking if Tennessee and Louisville square off in the Elite Eight. No one on the Vols' current roster has appeared in a Final Four — the last was in 2008 in Tampa.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer