Guest blog: Bri Kulas on her draft day experience

In our latest guest blog, Missouri's Bri Kulas recounts the experience of waiting to hear her name called on draft day and looking forward to training camp.

Arkansas has hired Christy Smith as assistant coach

WNBA draft profile: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee

When you spend three years earning a reputation as an inefficient volume shooter, it can be really hard to change people's perceptions. But Meighan Simmons has done enough this season to prove that she can find a place for herself in the WNBA.

Will the UConn-Tennessee series make a comeback?

UConn and Tennessee haven't played each other for years now, but minor discussions are underway that could revive one of the better rivalries in women's college basketball.

Kentucky's Matthew Mitchell fires top two assistants

UConn beats Texas A&M to advance to Final Four

Credit Texas A&M: Their 69-54 loss to UConn was both actually closer than the final score suggests for most of the way and really not that bad in the context of the Huskies season.

But UConn just had too many weapons to defend and their defense forced TAMU to play to their weakness of hitting perimeter shots. It will be the Huskies' seventh straight Final Four appearance.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis was named MOP of the region while Hartley and Dolson joined her on the team.

Can TAMU learn anything from BYU against UConn?

Texas A&M might not have enough to pull of an upset against UConn, but BYU did show that UConn isn't entirely invincible.

Louisville outshoots LSU, advances to Elite Eight

SB Nation's Card Chronicle offered up a short summary of Louisville's 73-47 win over LSU today, which was really a developing rout from start to finish.

WBB State's Four Factors graphic shows where they established a major advantage: Louisville's +24.6% effective field goal percentage differential was equal to LSU's actual 24.6% effective field goal percentage.

TAMU & UConn pre-Elite Eight pressers

The Ags and Huskies meet the press in Lincoln.

Alyssa Thomas scores career-high in Maryland's win over Tennessee

As David Hooper of Rocky Top Talk wrote in his preview this morning, "We're now at the point in the tournament where any team can realistically beat any other team (Notre Dame and UConn excepted)" - it's hard to call this one a true "upset".

But with Tennessee having an opportunity to go to the Final Four with a home crowd behind them, it's certainly a disappointment for Lady Vols fans.

On the other hand, Alyssa Thomas looked about as dominant as it gets in scoring a career-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds.


Was Jimmy Dykes a publicity hire?

Arkansas has hired Jimmy Dykes to replace Tom Collen, who was fired after a 19-11 season. Kurt Voight's article for the AP describes his resume and primary connection to the school, but is it reasonable to suggest that what he tweeted was a motivator as well?

Update: SB Nation's Arkansas site Arkansas Fight has a post up gauging interest in the hire and the early returns are generally positive.

UNC vs. South Carolina rewind: Can UNC win again?

Like the Baylor - Kentucky game yesterday, the Sweet 16 game between North Carolina and South Carolina is a rematch of a December game in which the lower seed won. So what can we learn from December for today's game?

Baylor Advances to Elite 8 over Kentucky

Baylor held the Wildcats to just 2-of-14 shooting to start the game and took off from there. Odyssey Sims finishes with 25 points to lead Baylor into the Elite 8

Baylor vs. Kentucky rewind: Lessons from four OTs

Looking back on that game now, what can we learn from it and what might go differently?

LSU's Jeanne Kenney suffers career-ending concussion in second round

In Tuesday's second-round victory over West Virginia, there was some sad news that came out of that win for LSU. Starting senior guard Jeanne Kenney suffered another concussion which has ended her career with the Tigers -- she has had at least three to four concussions in the past. Kenney was LSU's second leading scorer at 11.3 points per game. This is a tough loss for the Tigers as they are also without freshman sensation, Raigyne Moncrief. Moncrief suffered a left knee injury that will require surgery.

#7 LSU defeats #2 West Virginia, advances to Sweet 16

Playing on their home floor, #7 LSU beat #2 West Virginia, 76-67 - given home court advantage, it can only be considered a minor upset. But there was some sobering news for LSU as well: senior Jeanne Kenney, the team's assist and three point leader, left the game with concussion symptoms and did not return.

Second Round Preview: Lady Vols take on Red Storm

#1 Lady Volunteers from Tennessee had no trouble in their opening round game and are ready to take on the challenge of the Red Storm

Wildcats and the Orange fight for Sweet 16

The Orange will play without a key player, on the road, but have confidence they can compete with the 3rd-seeded Wildcats for a shot at the school's first Sweet 16 appearance.

#11 Florida upsets #6 Dayton, 83-69

In another predictable upset, the #11 Florida Gators beat the #6 Dayton Flyers 83-69. ESPN had the reaction from victorious coach Amanda Butler.

Dance Card: Vanderbilt, SEC at-large

Led by their guard play, Vanderbilt hopes to redeem themselves in the tournament after a disappointing season.

Dance Card: Kentucky, SEC at-large

Defense didn't win a SEC championship, but it's where Kentucky excels.

Dance Card: LSU, SEC at-large

With a SOS like that, the Bayou Bengals come in battle-tested.

Dance Card: Georgia, SEC at-large

Hardly a shoe-in, the Bulldogs look to surprise a few folks in the tournament again.

Dance Card: Texas A&M, SEC at-large

Still weird to think they're not in the Big XII.

Dance Card: South Carolina, SEC at-large

With one of their better wins, we'll grant them exclusive rights to the USC moniker.

NCAA seeding surprises: S. Carolina #1, UofL at #3

In a couple of early surprises on NCAA Selection Monday, South Carolina was awarded a one seed and Louisville a three seed.

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