Revving up for first round

First-round match ups:

Washington’s back court will challenge Miami.

Opponents Syracuse and Nebraska have had similar paths to success.

American wants to slow Iowa’s offense in their tournament debut.

DePaul is eager for their match up with Minnesota.

Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly and Dayton coach Jim Jabir are good friends.

Tulane is ready to face a familiar foe – Mississippi State – in a new place.

Player news:

Duke’s Elizabeth Williams readies for her last NCAA tourney.

South Carolina fashion forward A’ja Wilson hopes to add a ring to her jewelry box.

Rachel Theriot is helping freshman Natalie Romeo grow up on the hardwood at Nebraska.

Team news:

South Dakota State enters the tournament with confidence.

Baylor is in their usual role, hosting the first and second rounds.

Coaching news:

Penn State has extended coach Coquese Washington’s contract through 2018-2019.

High school news:

Mater Dei’s Katie Lou Samuelson is Gatorade’s player of the year. This season Samuelson is averaging 30.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.