2024 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - News, Updates

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Any details on teams contacted while searching high and low? I have no doubt that Coach P was put in a difficult scheduling spot, but without more details remain skeptical that she couldn't have upgraded the schedule, if she really wanted to (and perhaps if she had suspected the rapid improvement the Gophers were about to make). For example, I doubt that teams like Toledo, Green Bay, Gonzaga, South Dakota State would have turned down a visit from the Gophers this year, in exchange for a future trip to Williams Arena. Teams like Green Bay, Gonzaga, South Dakota State seem like they are willing to play any Power 6 team home and home.

What about teams like Iowa State, Marquette, Creighton, schools that recruit Minnesota, which would love to play here? Were they among the schools offered home-and-home-games, with the Gophers on the road this year? Washington State is a P6 school that really struggles to get P6 teams to come to Pullman, and has agreed in recent years to play teams like Montana and South Dakota State home-and-home? Was Coach P willing to go to Pullman this year? Doubt very much that such an offer would have been rejected by WSU.

Ultimately, without more details, I am reluctant to believe she had no choice but to schedule bottom-feeders like Chicago State and Lindenwood. But also happy to be proven wrong.

Bit late in seeing this but guessing that ISU wants nothing to do with the rising Gophers right now. I do miss seeing my two favorite teams play. We played five straight years, 2005-2009 but not since than. Cyclones obviously recruit the midwest region but haven't had the same level of success recruiting Minnesota that they did some years ago.

Coach Fennelly has seemingly liked a NC schedule devoid of P6 teams and can't think of many P6's we play in NC other than Iowa and whoever we get in some holiday tournament or some conference challenge game set up by the league. P6 teams by scheduling choice seems to be about zero the last 15 years or so. Not that the schedule is total garbage each year, ISU does play Iowa, Drake, UNI and an assortment of Summit Schools along with the sacrificial cupcake garbage games.

BTW, ISU fans like to say no one likes to come to play in the tough atmosphere of Hilton which is complete nonsense. ISU could easily do some home and aways with P6 if the coach wanted to.
 

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"For the second year in a row, we've entered the women's college basketball season with a returning senior who is the reigning consensus national player of the year. Will Iowa's Caitlin Clark repeat those honors?"

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The ACC checks in with 10 teams in the field for the second consecutive week. Will that come to be in March? Probably not. But while nine seems possible, 10 is the reality right now. Due to a quirk in the schedule, just one league game has been played in the ACC: Clemson upset Duke. That puts the Tigers atop the ACC standings; under the rules of Bracketology, that makes them the league's automatic qualifier. At 6-5, Clemson wouldn't be close to an at-large bid, making the Tigers the quintessential bid stealer. (Sorry, Minnesota.) While Clemson likely won't ultimately win the ACC's auto bid, this scenario shines a light on the type of bid stealing that could happen, with the WCC and MWC as the leading examples. It's never too early for potential bubble teams to be on high alert.
 


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Just out. Updated ESPN top 25 women's college basketball players. Cameron Brink of Stanford moves to #2 behind Iowa's Caitlin Clark.

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ALSO RECEIVING VOTES:

MARA BRAUN, MINNESOTA GOPHERS

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It looks like Braun is #29.

Yea, we could see Gophers (plural) make this list next season. Have to prove it.
 


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FIRST TEAM OUT​

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Minnesota

In an unusual move, Bracketology was updated today, Friday, usually Tuesdays.

Minneaota moved from in at #11 seed to first four out. Duke bumped Gophers.

 

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Minneaota moved from in at #11 seed to first four out. Duke bumped Gophers.
Not that it really matters, but Iowa State bumped the Gophers. They have a + sign next to their name as "new team to bracket" as an 11 seed. Duke is trending down after getting blown out by Louisville.

It's going to be updated Tuesdays and Fridays for the rest of the season.
 

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Not that it really matters, but Iowa State bumped the Gophers. They have a + sign next to their name as "new team to bracket" as an 11 seed. Duke is trending down after getting blown out by Louisville.

It's going to be updated Tuesdays and Fridays for the rest of the season.


Yes, and there are two accurate things going on here:

1. Iowa State is new to the bracket:

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In one sense, Iowa State entered and Minnesota exited.


2. BUT the team that bumped Minnesota out is not Iowa State. It's the team that is one spot ahead of Minnesota for the final tournament spot.

The last team to make the tournament has edged the team that is first out. The deciding point is at the margin and what decides that.

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Iowa: 1-seed

Indiana: 3-seed

Ohio State: 4-seed

Michigan State: 7-seed

Nebraska: 8-seed

Maryland: 9-seed

Minnesota: 11-seed

Penn State: Out but on the bubble

Michigan: Out but on the bubble



ESPN has Minnesota 11, but it came out before the win over Nebraska:



This one has Minnesota a 9 playing Texas A&M:



This one has Minnesota an 11:

 



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Today Minnesota moved up to "Last Four Byes" as a 10 seed.



Nine Big Ten teams in.

More to be revealed...
 





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