I figured those of you who read this women's basketball blog were up on the news of yesterday, Gonzaga's shocking upset to win the WCC Tournament and senior guard Courtney Vandersloot someone winning a national award … OK, maybe we weren't completely sure Vandersloot would win the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Awad but there was no way the Bulldogs weren't winning. Anyway, those stories were handled by the A team in Las Vegas, including Christopher Anderson's slide show, but I was waiting to give you my last women's basketball notebook, but alas it's not posted yet and I have somethings to take care of before a hockey game tonight. Check back tonight before 7 for the notebook, in the meantime there is some news for you, so read on.
The ever evolving ESPN bracketology shows a step up for Gonzaga, to a No. 10. That means a No. 7 (Houston) coming unhappily to McCarthey Athletic Center and also a No. 2 (UCLA), which would play a No. 15 (Big Sky tournament winner, where Portland State is the host).
The winner of that pod of four would head off to the Dallas Regional.
The Spokane Regional is going to get Stanford as a No. 1 seed. Currently Xavier, Miami and Green Bay round out the top four. No upsets and that's what we get.
Now, to flush out this morning's coffee conversation about why Gonzaga can't move up higher.
First, the Zags can't be an 8 or 9, because the winner of that matchup has to play a No. 1 and all four bet-the-house-on-it locks for No. 1 seeds are UConn, Stanford, Baylor and Tennessee. All four are hosting the first two rounds.
Gonzaga could move up to a No. 7, which could happen with a flip-flop of Houston, should the Cougars lose in the Conference USA Tournament. Nothing would really change. If Duke and Cincinnati remain at No. 2, they're hosting and the likely other No. 2, Texas A&M wouldn't be shipped to Washington again … they lost to Gonzaga last year in a 2-7 game in Seattle.
Maybe Gonzaga could get a six seed , but that may be too much of a jump for the 10-11 projections now.
And because a UCLA to Spokane makes so much sense, it's unlikely the McCarthey/Gonzaga pod would get put in the Spokane regional because if seeds held up, Stanford and UCLA would meet unneccessarily.
All that said, CollegeRPI does a bracket and it's a little different than ESPN.
The 1-4 for the Spokane regional are Stanford, A&M, DePaul and Maryland. Interesting, Gonzaga would be a 12 at home against No. 5 North Carolina, which I'm not sure that can happen because they met last year in Seattle in the first round, when GU was a No. 7 and NC a 10. The other matchup would be No. 4 Marquette against No. 13 Appy State.
With my limited knowledge, I would have to say the ESPN scenario is more likely.