On to the Elite 8

The Greensboro regional is poppin:

An intense, back-and-forth game between South Carolina and North Carolina ended up in a 67-65 win for the Gamecocks, after a Tiffany Mitchell layup with 4.2 seconds remaining.

Then Florida State survived Arizona State, 66-65, after the Sun Devils couldn’t get off a shot in the final seconds.

In Oklahoma City, things weren’t quite as tense:

Baylor cruised by Iowa, 81-66.

Notre Dame routed Stanford, 81-60.

All four games went as I expected.

Tomorrow’s schedule:

Texas vs. Connecticut

Dayton vs. Louisville

Duke vs. Maryland

Gonzaga vs. Tennessee

I predict Connecticut, Louisville, Maryland and Tennessee.

Another fine day in front of the television set.

More Tournament news……

Player news:

Louisville guard Bria Smith finally gets to play in front of her grandparents.

What’s born in Texas should stay in Texas, aka UConn guard Moriah Jefferson.

Team news:

Increased scoring from Andraya Carter and Jordan Reynolds could serve Tennessee well.

The twin towers of Texas will challenge UConn. The Longhorns have returned to the spotlight, but the Huskies cast a big shadow.

Coaching news:

First-year head coach Lisa Fortier has put her stamp on Gonzaga.