Random Thoughts On Lincoln And Beyond

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I have never been to Lincoln, Neb. – and neither has Stefanie Dolson – so this will be a new experience for both of us.

However, I can’t say that a bracket with Duke as its No. 2 seed is bound to distress the Huskies. UConn beat the Blue Devils by 22 points in Dec. 17 and they had both Chelsea Gray and Alexis Jones in the backcourt that night. Both are now out for the season.

The only thing wrong with UConn right now seems to be that Dolson is congested. She’s had a head cold – another reason for us all to hate the winter, I imagine.

I am sticking with Notre Dame and UConn in the national championship game. But it would be cool if the Huskies and South Carolina end up in the semifinal, and the bracket is lined up that way. The winner gets A’ja Wilson.

If you are planning to travel to Lincoln, I wouldn’t wait much longer. Good seats on flights there from Bradley are about as scarce as a Springsteen concert about 15 minutes after sale. And they are just as expensive.

Prairie View, UConn’s first opponent, started the season 0-11, just in case you want to DVR the game, which starts at 8 p.m. Get ready for many night games this postseason. UConn’s possible Elite Eight game starts at 9:30 p.m.

This is UConn’s eighth straight year as a No. 1 seed. It recalls for me something I saw on the scoreboard in Houston before the Jan. 22 game. “The Cougars have been to five NCAA Tournaments!”

The committee disdain for the American Athletic Conference is clear. Two teams in (UConn and Louisville) in and eight out, including South Florida and Rutgers. And Louisville not only wasn’t a No. 1 seed, its a No. 3. Wow.

The over-under on Breanna Stewart’s minutes on Sunday against Prairie View is 23-25.

Does it say somewhere that the UConn men and women either had to play or be bracketed to play St. Joseph’s of Pa. this season?





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