Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Women's Basketball Preview:

With men's and women's basketball underway, after giving a preview of NCAA Men's basketball, it only seemed appropriate to preview women's basketball as well. Just like the men, there are some powerhouse schools for women's basketball, and the first team that will come to mind when most people talk about NCAA women's basketball is the University of Connecticut or UConn. Stanford and Ohio State have been known to produce some very successful team, along with Oklahoma and the ever-famous Tennessee.
The AP Top Ten looks like this:
1. Connecticut
2. Stanford
3. Ohio State
4. North Carolina
5. Notre Dame
6. Tennessee
7. LSU
8. Baylor
9. Xavier
10. Texas

Unlike the men, the ESPN/USA Today top ten lineup looks very different than the Associated Press:
1. Connecticut
2. Stanford
3. Ohio State
4. Baylor
5. North Carolina
6. Duke
7. Notre Dame
8. Oklahoma
9. Tennessee
10. Michigan State

Connecticut was the unanimous number one selection in both polls, and at their season opener against Northeastern they proved that they are going to be tough to hang with, winning 101-35. They will be challenged throughout their season, as they will take on a number of opponents who also find themselves in the top 10. Connecticut has produced some outstanding players over the years, and one of the most notable is Diana Taurasi, who was named MVP of the WNBA last year.

Tennessee has always been looked at as a women's basketball powerhouse. With names like Candace Parker in their alumni list, it is easy to see how they always have success. Head coach Pat Summitt is one of the most respected collegiate coaches, and with someone like that on staff, the Lady Volunteers are bound to have another great year.

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