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Open Thread: The Norfolk and Oklahoma City Regional Finals are today as the Elite Eight comes to a close

Today we will see the remaining Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament, featuring our remaining WNBA "Big Three" prospect still playing: Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame. Games start at 7:00 PM Eastern Time and will be on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Holly Warlick will have a chance to get to her first Final Four as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
Holly Warlick will have a chance to get to her first Final Four as the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.

Games on tap:

Norfolk Regional Final

#2 Duke vs. #1 Notre Dame, 7:05 PM Eastern

Despite the loss of Chelsea Gray late in the season, the Blue Devils have still moved comfortably in the NCAA tournament and now have made their 11th Elite Eight appearance, and fourth consecutive appearance. However, they will be playing the now-National Championship favorite Notre Dame Fighting Irish, led by their potential game changing senior guard Skylar Diggins, and two strong junior players in Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa.

OKC Regional Final

#5 Louisville vs. #2 Tennessee, 9:10 PM Eastern

The Louisiville Cardinals have made an improbable run to their second Elite Eight appearance in Jeff Walz's tenure by defeating the Baylor Bears two days ago which some folks think is the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history. They still will face a heavy task against the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, a team that's looking to get into it first Final Four in the Holly Warlick era and first since 2008 when Candace Parker was on the team.

To get back to Louisville and the Cardinals' last game, they played a physical contest which prompted Washington Redskins quarterback and franchise savior Robert Griffin III took issue with on Twitter where he vehemently showed his support for his alma mater and their game changing star. RGIII's mini-rant prompted Atlanta Dream swingman Angel McCoughtry, a Louisiville alumna to defend her support for her alma mater by tweeting him. And she called him out on his dedication to his game with this tweet in particular...

Here's his response:

And come on Angel! You know RGIII is working his butt off for the Lombardi Trophy in DC!!!!! But I also did love Louisville's win too by the way! ;)

Elsewhere in the basketball world...

As of late, the NCAA Tournament has dominated coverage on Swish Appeal, and understandably so. Two pieces of things from the pros in case you don't check our twitter page:

1. The NBA's combined Finance and Relocation Committees will be listening to cases from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and from Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer's group which would move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. Also, Sonics Rising has now joined the SB Nation family. Read here for the update.

2. The WNBA is putting out its list of 2013 Draft prospects and team previews starting with the Minnesota Lynx. Go here for the draft site, and read here for the league's take on the Lynx.

3. Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice is in hot water in the public eye for calling players gay slurs, the c word, kicking them, and throwing basketballs at them in practice which was why he was suspended for three games this past season. Link from ESPN and another link from On The Banks, our Rutgers SBN blog. Here's a YouTube video for you to see below.

My opinion on this? Unacceptable. I'm sure college coaches are fiery guys in practice, but oh boy....

So those are tonight's games, as well as some other basketball news worth talking about, and we'll see if more upsets are in store!