Unprecedented Final Four

UConn beat Texas, 86-65, to win the Bridgeport regional and advance to the Final Four for an unprecedented ninth time.

The Huskies used defense to do the job.

And then……

Oregon State held off Baylor, 60-57, to win the Dallas regional and punch their Final Four ticket.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey witnessed Oregon State’s family atmosphere.

This Final Four is the first that two Pac-12 teams have appeared.

It’s the first time that three newcomers have been to the Final Four since 1993.

I asked on twitter tonight: so NOW you know about the Pac-12?

All the East coasters say West coast games are on too late for them to watch, as an explanation as to why they haven’t seen the Pac-12. I guess that gives us an advantage in knowledge and scouting over here on the left coast. But I have a question: have you all heard of recording games? That really works – try it sometime.

More on Syracuse:

Once upon a time, coach Quentin Hillsman contemplated quitting after the Orange lost their first game of the season.

Cornelia Fondren said she “was just in attack mode.”

Syracuse will make ESPN scramble, Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says.

More on Washington:

The Huskies’ unlikely run continues.

Kelli Kingma contributed to Washington’s improbable run to the Final Four.

More on South Carolina:

Coach Dawn Staley wants the Gamecocks to remember their Tournament loss.

WNIT quarterfinals:

Major wins!

Oregon 71, UTEP 67

Michigan 77, Temple 76

FGCU 61, Hofstra 46