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2013 NCAA Tournament: Brackets, previews & predictions

Previews and predictions for the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. For capsules for each team in the tournament, check out our "Dance Cards" section. For more on the tournament, visit our NCAA Tournament section. For a full bracket, visit SBNation.com.

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Open Thread: Women's Championship Tonight

After the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team completed their end of the bargain last night by defeating the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 in the men's national championship last night, the Cardinals' women's basketball team looks to do the same tonight against the Connecticut Huskies. Game is at 8:30 PM Eastern on ESPN and ESPN 3.


Auriemma on the Elite Eight, Kentucky & Dolson

Connecticut Huskies coach Geno Auriemma chats about chats about returning to the Elite Eight, facing the Kentucky Wildcats, and center Stefanie Dolson's toughness in playing hurt.


Sweet 16 preview: Aaryn Ellenberg key to upset bid

Obviously most of the talk today will be about Baylor Lady Bears center Brittney Griner. But the Oklahoma Sooners and Tennessee Lady Vols matchup might be the better game between a pair of teams that have overcome quite a bit to get to this point.


Can LSU or UGA prevent a Cal-Stanford rematch?

Since Selection Monday, the prospect of a third meeting between the California Golden Bears and Stanford has been discussed widely. Now with both teams a game away from making that happen, what's standing in the way of an Elite Eight meeting?


Bridgeport preview: Can a star lead an upset?

The Bridgeport region kicks off Sweet 16 play, featuring Delaware's Elena Delle Donne who's looking to carry her team once again in an attempt to make the Final Four.


Q&A with Geno Auriemma: Sweet 16 a great reward

We got some comments today from UConn's Geno Auriemma at the Bridgeport Regional practice.


Q&A with Elena Delle Donne

A brief set of responses from Delaware Blue Hens star Elena Delle Donne captured from a combination of the press conference in Bridgeport and a one-on-one interview.


Second round upset projections: Delaware, ISU, UL

A look at games in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament that might not go according to seed based on Massey predictions.


The OKC bracket: Key matchups aside from Baylor

The Baylor Lady Bears are the top seed in the Oklahoma City Bracket and the favorite to win the national title. However, there are a number of interesting matchups, both individual and team, that are worth watching.


Coach P's journal: Getting prepared for Hampton

Duke women's basketball coach shares what she did during Spring Break, Chelsea Gray's status, and applying insights from Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In" to basketball. And, of course, how they prepared for first round opponent Hampton.


Statistical projections for the first round

There are a bunch of different statistical projections for the 2013 NCAA women's basketball tournament out there for the first round and the entire tournament and I'm just going to link dump those here for now:

Most of the upsets listed there have been discussed in our bracket-by-bracket previews (click here).

Which projections do you most agree with? Or, better yet, got your own projections? There are still a few hours to sign up for our Swish Appeal bracket pool at Yahoo - click here to check out the information about how to sign up (it's free, but we put together some prizes this year too).

Otherwise, the time for speculation is almost over. In a few hours, we'll start getting results.

For more on the tournament, visit our NCAA section.


Norfolk preview: Will Nebraska suffer an upset?

While Notre Dame is the clear favorite in the Norfolk region, Nebraska is a team that might be the biggest favorite in the tournament to be on the wrong end of an upset.


Who will emerge from the Spokane bracket?

Although the Stanford Cardinal are the top seed in the Spokane bracket, the California Golden Bears appear to be the trendy pick to head to the Final Four as the two seed. And then there's Penn State, the second most proficient 3-point shooting team in the nation. Who will survive this one and advance?


Bridgeport bracket: Can anyone challenge UConn?

There's a lot of uncertainty among the sub-regionals in the Bridgeport bracket, aside from the Connecticut Huskies in Storrs. Yet after that, not everyone believes that the Huskies will advance to the Final Four unchallenged.


Join the Swish Appeal/RTT bracket pool, win prizes

Swish Appeal and SB Nation's Rocky Top Talk have partnered up to host a bracket challenge with a grand prize of a $50 Ticketmaster gift card to spend on tickets to the event of your choice (hopefully a basketball game).


Who are the best coaches in the NCAA Tournament?

Before looking more deeply at the individual brackets, we take a look at the top coaches in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.


Chloe Pavlech is savoring the moment

Maryland freshman Chloe Pavlech has had some clutch moments this year and hopes to step up in her first NCAA tournament.


Who's the favorite to win a title...after Baylor?

Ed Bemiss of National Sports Rankings has put together projections for each team's chances of winning the 2013 NCAA women's tournament based on his current power rating for each team. Here's the link the projections:


Perhaps the teams with the best chances to knock off Baylor will come as no surprise (in order): Notre Dame, UConn, Kentucky, Stanford, Duke.

His simulator also came up with three double digit seeds who could come up with upsets: Green Bay, South Florida, Chattanooga, and Marist.

Though these predictions didn't account for home court advantage, they were relatively consistent with what we humans came up with earlier today.

For more predictions and previews of the tournament, visit our 2013 NCAA Tournament previews storystream.


Swish Appeal's staff predicts Final Four & upsets

Prior to Selection Monday we looked at a set of teams to watch and shortly after the selection show we looked at some surprises, games to watch and key questions. Today, six of us from the Swish Appeal team are going to make a few predictions to preview how we might imagine the tournament unfolding. For more updates and previews of the tournament, visit our 2013 NCAA Tournament storystream.


Terps land No. 4 seed in Bridgeport region

Maryland landed a 4 seed in the Bridgeport region and knows that UConn could very well be the team standing in the way of a return to the Elite Eight.


Should conference rivals be placed in same region?

The placement of the 2-seeded California Golden Bears in the Spokane region with the 1-seeded Stanford Cardinal is probably going to be the source of some discussion and, perhaps, frustration among women's basketball fans. But it worked out well for Cal. Click here for the full bracket.


2013 NCAA brackets: Surprises & first impressions

The 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament brackets have been released (click here) and now we have a better idea of what to watch for. The following are just a few brief notes on some of my first impressions.


Five teams to watch in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

A look at five teams that could do some damage in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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