Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Women's NCAA tourney: Oklahoma City

First-year Duke coach Joanne McCallie led her team to its 12th straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Associated Press

First-year Duke coach Joanne McCallie led her team to its 12th straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Possibly the most balanced region in the Sweet 16 is dominated by experienced leaders: Tennessee's Pat Summitt, Texas A&M's Gary Blair, Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Duke's Joanne P. McCallie have taken teams to at least one Final Four. Local fans had hoped to have Oklahoma in the mix. Will they come out?

No. 2 Texas A&M vs.

No. 3 Duke

The Aggies might be the best team you've never heard of. The back-to-back Big 12 champions have won 15 of 16, including 11 straight. Duke is making its 12th consecutive appearance in the Sweet 16. The Blue Devils like to run the floor and score on every possession. The Aggies like to work the shot clock down, slow the tempo and keep the score low. If Texas A&M can hold Duke to the low 50s, it has a great shot. If Duke scores in the 70s to 80s as it did in 20 games this season, things won't bode well for the Aggies.

Time/TV: 7 p.m., ESPN2

No. 1 Tennessee vs.

No. 5 Notre Dame

The defending national champion Vols are led by four seniors who are on a mission to leave a legacy of back-to-back titles. Notre Dame is in the region semis for the first time since 2004. The Fighting Irish lost an early season game to the Vols 87-63, but both sides agree this is a much better team now. Notre Dame's past two losses to a No. 1 seed were by an average of 7.5 points.

Time/TV: 8:30 p.m., ESPN2

Women's NCAA tourney: Oklahoma City 03/29/08 [Last modified: Saturday, March 29, 2008 7:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi admitted he probably should have gone on the DL sooner than late July for the back stiffness that was keeping him from throwing the ball where he wanted to. He has since found an impressive groove, with another strong outing Saturday.

  4. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-N.C. State

    College

    RB Cam Akers still looks like a former high school quarterback at times. His first two touches (30 yards) were special, but the freshman juked instead of powering ahead on his third (an unsuccessful third-and-1 rush). That's why the Seminoles are easing him in, as they did with Dalvin Cook three years ago.

    Running back Cam Akers carries for a first down during the third quarter as FSU eases the freshman into the college game.
  5. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.