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    Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    *An Official Final Four has Stanford and UCONN

    Everything is set for the Women's NCAA Final Four to grind to its finale of excessive anxiety and the chewing of painted nails. Texas A&M and Notre Dame got the call this year as sacrifical segues. Once they are predictably subdued, the magical ethereal plane is reached where titan Stanford (the near-irresistible) meets gargatuan UCONN (the immovable) to battle in an Official Women's NCAA Basketball Championship. Certainly the crowd will be raucous, the viewers rapt as UCONN once again smashes through to a place beyond the Summitt despite an increasing paucity of suspense.

    Coach Auriemma senses it as he notes UCONN fans as spoiled. Though it may not show it yet, America may soon be getting gassed by UCONN's success. It's a tad bit as exciting as Iowa winning the NCAA Wrestling Championship year after year. When they finally did go down it was nothing of great lose, rather heady anticipation of Hawkeye demise shrivelled to ennui. Maybe it's a good thing. Maybe domination by a team makes news and causes a buzz.

    Maybe not...as we now compare in a look over at the Men's side of the NCAA Final Four. Sure there are two big names there, UCONN and Kentucky, but they play each other and thus only ONE can move forward to the Championship. Plus, UCONN is the only one of the four teams to win in the Championship game in the past ten years. Realative newbies, last seasons pesky Butler and Cinderella VCU, are going to slug it out for sure and move on to meet one of the two biggies of either UCONN or UK. And, maybe Butler or VCU will win! An Official Final Four for men has Duke or NC (not Kansas) both vanquished.

    I love the women's game, and it may be fun to watch Stanford lose again to UCONN with Maya Moore triumphantly sent to the Pros singing and playing the drums. However, as a Final Four contingency the Men quartet wins hands down this year (and maybe last) despite a regional flavor. Will dominance eventually give way to increased parity for Women as it has now in the men's game? I just don't see it as there are few really super women's players and a handfull of really great coaches. Male players and good coach seem to be found scattered through the NCAA D-1.

    There is one thing to look for and cheer though if things run the predicted course: A Stanford win. They have won the NCAA Championship once and that was almost twenty years ago! So that's what I'll cheer for and miss Maya's vocals and drums.


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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Don't you mean Tennessee and UConn?



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    Don't you mean Tennessee and UConn?

    The Lady Vols aren't in the Final Four.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    The Lady Vols aren't in the Final Four.
    I get that, but UConn and Tennessee are the flagship programs of women's NCAA basketball.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    I get that, but UConn and Tennessee are the flagship programs of women's NCAA basketball.
    The last couple of years Stanford has really taken that title from Tennessee.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    They've been good for a couple of years, on that I agree about Stanford, but can you really argue with the all-time winningest coach in Division I basketball?



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Standford vs. Connecticut = Boring!

    Lets hope Texas A&M can get there!



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Whether Stanford has replaced Tennessee or not, the point stands that the same teams are in the finals every stinking year.
    Part of it is there are fewer good players to recruit. If you land one of the 2 or 3 truly great H.S. players (Moore, Griner, C Parker, etc) you are automatically one of the top 10 programs for that year. Not just that, but unless they get injured, that blue chipper will be there for 4 years. The WNBA (or overseas) is not (nor ever will be) an attractive enough option to convince someone to jump early.
    Also, I believe women basketball players are more concerned with winning and playing on great teams and being part of something special. Men's players generally seem more concerned with being 'the man' and getting recognized and having a shot at the next level. A player like Maya Moore could have gone to UTEP and instantly made that team an elite team, though maybe not a championship team, but instead she preferred to share the spotlight with Childs and some of the other great players UConn brings in for a chance to not just win but dominate.
    The men's game looked this way at one point (UCLA, Indiana, UNC, Kentucky), and then the NBA started writing big checks for the type of talent that would usually go to those types of schools. And now while there are still power programs, they have to reload almost continually rather than build towards a dynasty. I'm not sure that change is ever going to happen for the WNBA, so the college game might look this way until some of the coaches at the top start retiring.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by no2cyclones View Post
    Don't you mean Tennessee and UConn?
    As noted in my opening post: "UCONN once again smashes through to a place beyond the Summitt despite an increasing paucity of suspense. "

    A tip of the hat to a once great program, Stanford is now the school dueling UCONN as TENN slips.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    You guys are all missing the point. The significance of this Final Four is the absence of Baylor. This is of the upmost importance because I hate Baylor.

    PS: Did I mention I hate Baylor!



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by Lyon309Cy View Post
    Whether Stanford has replaced Tennessee or not, the point stands that the same teams are in the finals every stinking year.
    YEEEE-AAAAHHHhhhhhh!!!! Stanford is out!

    I am so glad I posted what was expected (UCONN vs Stanford in the Champ. game) and jinxed Stanford! Well I hope Taylor Greenfield has better luck in her four years.

    Great Game A&M. You make our league proud and I salute you.



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Does anyone else think the Final Four court is a little masculine?


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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Other than the Stanford/A&M game most of the women's games have been blowouts. In this respect in differs significantly from the men's tournament.


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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    Quote Originally Posted by StClone View Post
    YEEEE-AAAAHHHhhhhhh!!!! Stanford is out!

    I am so glad I posted what was expected (UCONN vs Stanford in the Champ. game) and jinxed Stanford! Well I hope Taylor Greenfield has better luck in her four years.

    Great Game A&M. You make our league proud and I salute you.
    Double Whammy! I have never been so happy to be so completely wrong. NOTRE DAME BABY vs A&M!

    Hey things are real again and fun!



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    Re: Well it's an Official* WBB Final Four

    No cheapies for the two championship teams either. Each beat two 1-seeds to get there.



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