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NCAA Tournament: Greensboro Region at a glance

Florida State is back in the tourney ... with an entirely new starting lineup.
Florida State's Kiah Gillespie (15) turns downcourt after grabbing a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 97-70. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
Florida State's Kiah Gillespie (15) turns downcourt after grabbing a rebound during an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame won 97-70. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)
Published Mar. 18, 2019
Updated Mar. 18, 2019

Will any team be able to upset a one-loss Baylor squad in this region?

Team to beat

Top seed Baylor (31-1) enters with the nation’s longest active win streak (23) and shows no signs of slowing down — literally. Sleek and selfless, the Bears have outscored their opposition 343-77 on the fast break this season and lead the country with 723 assists. Moreover, their plus-1.73 assist-turnover ratio ranks second only to Oregon (plus-1.91). Four players have at least 114 assists, led by 5-foot-8 LSU transfer Chloe Jackson (11.4 ppg, 5.4 assists).

Sophie’s swan song

Two years after helping break USF’s collective heart in an NCAA Tournament first-rounder, Missouri senior Sophie Cunningham has evolved into arguably the greatest player in Tigers’ history. The only Mizzou player to earn three first-team nods on the coaches all-SEC team, Cunningham became her school’s career scoring leader (2,157 points and counting) with a 33-point effort in an SEC tourney semifinal loss to Mississippi State. She enters her final NCAA Tournament averaging 18 points and 6.1 rebounds, with 82 3-pointers. She has scored at least 20 points 15 times this year, and has eclipsed 30 three times.

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Miss Florida

Local girls hoops fans might recognize one of South Carolina’s key contributors. Freshman guard Destanni Henderson starred at Fort Myers High, where she was last season’s Gatorade state player of the year and Miss Basketball. Her run to the Class 7A state title included dropping 22 points on Clearwater High in the region final. She is averaging 15 minutes in 28 games (six starts).

Undefeated omen

Iowa’s spot as a two-seed is a deserving award for the Big Ten champ and may be a good sign for the Hawkeyes’ tournament. Iowa gets to play the first weekend at home, where the Hawkeyes are 15-0 this season. They haven’t finished perfect in Iowa City since 2014-15, when they advanced to the Sweet 16. Iowa is a good bet to get back there behind Megan Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer (28 ppg).

No denying the ’Noles

Despite having to replace all five starters from last season’s 26-7 squad, FSU (23-8) is back in the Big Dance for the seventh consecutive season (and 14th time in the last 15 years). Picked to finish in the middle of the ACC pack, the fifth-seeded ’Noles have over-achieved behind 6-foot-2 Maryland transfer Kiah Gillespie (16.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg), a coaches first-team all-conference pick. FSU will seek its seventh consecutive opening-round win against No. 12-seed Bucknell.

Women’s Final Four

Amalie Arena, Tampa

April 5: Semifinals, 7 and 9:30

April 7: Final, 6

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  1. Florida State running back Cam Akers (3) runs for a touchdown during the first quarter of last season's home opener against Boise State. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  2. Yesterday• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State forward Malik Osborne gets pumped up after making a 3-pointer against Louisville in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
  3. Florida State's Devin Vassell, right, blocks the shot of North Carolina State's DJ Funderburk during the second half of their game Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. [KARL B DEBLAKER  |  AP]
  4. Yesterday• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State's Kiah Gillespie in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill) [JESSICA HILL  |  AP]
  5. Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) reacts late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) [KARL B DEBLAKER  |  AP]
  6. Florida State guard M.J. Walker tries to drive past Pittsburgh guard Xavier Johnson during their game Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tallahassee. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
  7. Florida Gators running back Lamical Perine (22) smashes into LSU Tigers safety John Battle (26) in the second quarter. (Bronte Wittpenn, Times) [Times]
  8. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times
Florida Gators wide receiver Trevon Grimes (8) catches the ball near the end zone in the third quarter in a game against LSU at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, October 6, 2018.  [Times]
  9. Pittsburgh's Justin Champagnie (11) and Florida State's Malik Osborne (10) battle for a rebound in the first half in Tallahassee on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. [MARK WALLHEISER  |  AP]
  10. Florida State quarterback James Blackman (1) throws during the first half of the 2019 season opener against Boise State in Tallahassee. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  11. Feb. 14• Florida State Seminoles
    Florida State head football coach Mike Norvell speaks at a press conference Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Tallahassee, Fla. Norvell is Florida State's new coach, taking over a Seminoles program that has struggled while he was helping to build Memphis into a Group of Five power. [PHIL SEARS  |  AP]
  12. Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the Orange Bowl against Virginia on Dec. 30 in Miami Gardens. [LYNNE SLADKY  |  AP]