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Monday, March 14, 2016

Louiville women's basketball gets 3rd seed...will face Central Arkansas in Dallas Region at KFC YUM! Center -- Tuesday CARDINAL COUPLE



CARDS FACE 28-3 #14 SEED CENTRAL ARKANSAS FRIDAY 2:30 P.M. IN FIRST ROUND


An overflowing crowd, minus Jeff Walz...at home nursing a 101 temperature and flu...packed The Sports and Social Club at 4th Street Live Monday to watch the Selection Monday NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Special.

For Louisville, a bit of good and bad...getting a #3 seed and opening in the KFC YUM! Center Friday at 2:30 p.m. but drawing the red-hot Southland Conference regular and tournament champion Central Arkansas Sugar Bears...who went 28-3 on the season and are owners of a nine-game win streak. 

Only Tennessee, Abilene Christian and Northwestern State hung losses on Sandra Rushing's squad...who were a preseason seventh place pick in the Southland but found a way to get it done all season long. 

The Cards will not get the chance to play in Lexington if they can get past the Sugar Bears and either #6 DePaul or #11 James Madison...UofL was placed in the Dallas Region where Baylor got the #1 seed and #2 went to Oregon State. 

Asia Durr was impressed with the evening and the activities:


"It's exciting and I'm hyped up already. I'm just ready for the game on Friday. I'm just taking it all in. It's my first time ever but I'm just ready to play...but we just have to take it one game at a time. Going to Lexington would have been great because we would have had a lot of our fans there but I'm just excited to be here." 

The Cards did avoid a couple of arrows by landing in the Dallas Region...Notre Dame ended up as the #1 seed in Lexington and #2 Maryland got the #2 slot. Oregon State is the #2 seed in Dallas and could await the Cards if they can win the first and second round contests.

Kentucky got handed a gift when they were presented with the chance...as a #4 seed ...to play four games in a row in Lexington. 

Surprisingly, only five ACC teams received bids...Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida State (#6), Miami (#5) and Syracuse (#4). Both NC State and Duke were not selected for the NCAA Tournament...meanwhile, the SEC got nine teams into the dance. 

UConn was the overall #1 seed and will play in Bridgeport, CT. South Carolina got the #1 seed in the Sioux Falls Region. 

We'll have more on the breakdown of Central Arkansas and some key match-ups as we get closer to Friday action. We have a download available for you on the women's bracket below:

NCAA Women's Bracket Link: http://i.turner.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/gametool/brackets/women_2016_final_w_records.pdf

** Be sure to enter the CARDINAL COUPLE PICK EM by submitting your entries in the comments section (see Sonja's today) or by sending them to cardinalcouple@twc.com  A $25 gift card to Panera or Cracker Barrel to da winnah! **

paulie
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15 comments:

  1. NC STATE gets left out and Princeton gets in? Like I said , ACC was DOWN this year. No doubt about it and that helped us tremendously. That being said, the team deserves a lot of credit for turning a near disaster into a hugely successful season!

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    1. It was pretty incredible to see a very good NC State get left out. I also thought Duke had a shot...but Tobacco Road was snubbed out. The Cards did a magnificent job of overcoming their early season woes and caught a break by ending up in the Dallas region...avoiding Notre Dame and UConn until the Final Four...if the Cards advance that far.

      Paulie

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  2. I'll release Sonja's picks for the CARDINAL COUPLE NCAA women's tournament pick 'em...despite her protestations.

    Round 1 winners: UConn, Seton Hall, Chattanooga, Michigan St., So. Florida, Hawaii, BYU, Texas, Baylor, St. John, Fla. St, Texas A&M, DePaul, Louisville, St.Bonnie, Oregon St., So. Carolina, Kansas St., Florida, Syracuse, WVU, Ohio St., Green Bay, Arizona St., Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami, Stanford, Purdue, KY, Penn, Maryland

    Round 2 winners: UConn, Mich. St., So. Florida, BYU, Baylor, Fla. St., Louisville, Ore. St., So. Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio St., Ariz. St., Notre Dame, Miami, KY, Maryland.

    Round 3 winners: UConn, So. Florida, Fla. St., Louisville, Syracuse, Ohio St. Notre Dame, Maryland,

    Final Four: UConn, Louisville, Syracuse, Notre Dame.

    Final Two: UConn, Notre Dame

    Championship: UConn

    Send your entries!

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  3. WOO HOO! The Cats get four in Lexington! Dry your eyes, Paulie. DLLAS IS NICE THIS TIME OF YEAR. BAHAAAAHAAA!

    My Tourney Picks and GO KATS!

    First Round winners

    Conn, Duquesne, Miss. State, Mich. State, Colorado State, UCLA, BYU, Texas, Baylor, Auburn, Fla. State, Texas A&M, DePaul, Louisville, Okla. State, Oregon State, South Carolina, George Washington, Florida, Syracuse, Princeton, Ohio State, Tennessee, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Georgia, South Dakota St. Stanford, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Washington, Maryland

    UConn, Miss. State, UCLA, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, Louisville, Oregon St. South Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Stanford, Kentucky, Maryland

    UConn, UCLA, Texas A&M, Oregon State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Kentucky

    UConn, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Kentucky

    UConn, Kentucky

    UConn.

    Matthew Mitchell for Governor

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    1. Pretty SEC-heavy there, aren't you Gov?

      Seriously, Cats caught a nice break when NCAA used the "350 mile rule" to exile South Carolina to Sioux Falls. Hope they make good use of it. Maybe payback for those consecutive years when really good UK teams were sent to Connecticut to face UConn?

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    2. Of course I am Mike D. Nine teams in! Who's the best conference in WBB? Say it with me...SEC!

      Matthew Mitchell for Governor

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    3. Thanks guv kitty cat, I needed a good laugh. Four in Lexington, you're cracking me up!

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  4. The winning entry:

    1st. UConn, Seton Hall, Miss. St., Mich. St., USF, UCLA, BYU, Texas, Baylor, Auburn, Fla. St., Texas A&M, DePaul, UofL, St. B., Oregon St., USC, Kan. St., Albany, Syracuse, WVU, Ohio St., Tennessee, Arizona St., Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami, Stanford, Okla. Kentucky, Penn, Maryland.

    2nd. UConn, Mich St., USF, Texas, Baylor, Texas A&M, UofL, Ore. St., USC, Syracuse, WVU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Miami, Okla., Maryland

    3rd. UConn, USF, Baylor, UofL, Syracuse, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Maryland

    4th. UConn, Baylor, Tennessee, Maryland

    5th. UConn, Maryland

    6th. MARYLAND !!! Down with the Huskies!

    Good luck all and let's get it started!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

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  5. Hi, guys! Beth P. back to defend my ACC Tourney title. I saw you Paulie at the Selection Show last night but couldn't get over to say Hi!.

    In the first round:

    CT, SH, MS ST, MI ST, USF, UCLA, BYU, AU, TX
    BAYLOR, FL ST, TX AM, DEPAUL, UL, OK ST, OR ST
    SC, KS ST, FL, SU, WVU, OH ST, UT, AZ ST
    ND, GA, UM, STAN, UOK, UK, WA, MD

    Going to the Sweet Sixteen:

    CT, MI ST, USF, TX, BALYOR, FL ST, UL, OR ST
    SC, FL, OH ST, AZ ST, ND, STAN, UK, MD

    In the ELITE EIGHT:

    CT, TX, BAYLOR, OR ST, SC, OH ST, ND, UK

    FINAL FOUR:

    CT, BAYLOR, OH ST, ND

    FOR THE TITLE:

    CT, ND

    CHAMPION:

    ND

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  6. 1st round
    UConn, Duquesne, Miss St.,Michigan, USF, UCLA, Missouri, Texas, Baylor, St. Johns, FSU, Texas AM, Depaul, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oregon ST., South Carolina, Kansas St., Florida, Syracuse, West Virginia, OSU, Tennessee,Arizona St., Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami, Stanford, Purdue, Kentucky, Penn, Maryland
    Sweet 16
    UConn, Michigan, USF, Texas, Baylor, Texas AM, Louisville, Oregon St., South Carolina, Syracuse, OSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Stanford, Kentucky, Maryland
    Elite 8
    UConn, Texas, Baylor, Oregon St. South Carolina, OSU, Notre Dame, Kentucky
    Final 4
    UConn, Oregon St, South Carolina, Notre Dame
    Final
    UConn, Notre Dame
    Winner
    While holding my stinky nose -- UConn

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  7. First round: UConn, Duquesne, Miss State, Mich St, S Fl, UCLA,Mo, Tx, Baylor, St. J, Fl St, TxA&M, DePaul, Lou, OK St, Ore, SC, KS St, Fl, Syracuse, WV, Ohio St, Tn, Az St, ND, IN, Miami, Stanford, OK, KY, Wash, MD

    Second: UConn, Miss St, S. Fl, Tx, Baylor, Tx A&M, Lou, Ore, SC, Syracuse, Ohio St, Az St, ND, Miami, Ky, MD

    Regional: UConn, Tx, Baylor, Lou, SC, Az St, ND, Md

    Reg final: UConn, Lou, SC, ND

    Semi: UConn, ND

    Winner: ND - I like Muffet better than Geno. Besides, it is her turn.

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  8. 1) UCONN SETON HALL MISS ST BELMONT USF UCLA BYU TEXAS
    BAYLOR AUBURN FSU TAM JMU LOU ST BONNIE ORE ST
    SO CAR KS ST FLA SYR WVU OSU TN ARIZ ST
    ND GA MIAMI STAN PURDUE UK PENN MD
    2) UCONN BELMONT USF TX BAYLOR FSU LOU ORE ST
    SO CAR SYR WVU TN ND MIAMI UK MD
    3) UCONN USF FSU LOU SO CAR TENN ND MD
    4) UCONN LOU SO CAR ND
    5) LOU ND
    6) LOU

    GO CARDS! GO ACC!

    CURTIS FRANKLIN

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  9. A good article today Paulie. Despite all the trickery, it looks like another Notre Lame and UCrown final. Here are my picks. Reserve the basement of the bracket for me.

    First round winners are Connecticut, Seton Hall, Chattanooga, Michigan State, Colorado State, UCLA, Missouri, Texas, Baylor, St. John, Florida State, Missouri State, DePaul, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, South Carolina, George Washington, Florida, Syracuse, Princeton, Ohio State, Tennessee, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami, San Francisco, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Washington Maryland

    Sweet Sixteen will be Connecticut, Michigan State, UCLA, Missouri, Baylor, Florida State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Ohio State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Miami, Kentucky, Maryland

    Here's the Elite Eight. Connecticut, UCLA, Baylor, Louisville, South Carolina, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Kentucky

    FINAL FOUR Connecticut, Louisville, South Carolina, Kentucky

    FINAL TWO Connecticut, Notre Dame

    CHAMP Connecticut.

    (A very confused and disoriented Nick O.) It's the madness, it's the madness !!

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    1. What did I tell you about hitting the schnapps before noon, Nick? I would LOVE to see Cam Newbauer and Belmont advance, though.

      Paulie

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  10. Hi, Paulie!

    Kathy (#1 Syracuse fan) here. Met you in Greensboro ( remember The Walking Dead conversation?) Love your website! Anyway, thought I would enter your contest. Tough loss to us in the ACC but I suspect we didn't see the best Louisville team that Saturday.

    Entry Name: We are all Neegan

    Picks for round one:

    UConn, Seton Hall, Miss. State, Mich State, USF, UCLA, BYU, Texas
    Baylor, St. John, Fl State, Texas A&M, JMU, Louisville, Okla State, Oregon State, South Carolina, SYRACUSE, Ohio State, Kansas State, Florida, West Virginia, Green Bay, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Indiana, Miami, Stanford, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Penn, Maryland

    Advancing:

    UConn, Miss. State, UCLA, BYU, Baylor, Fl State, Louisville, Oregon State, South Carolina, SYRACUSE, Ohio State, Arizona State, Notre Dame, Miami, Kentucky, Maryland

    Advancing:

    UConn, UCLA, Fl State, Louisville, SYRACUSE, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Maryland

    Advancing:

    UConn, Fl. State, SYRACUSE, Notre Dame

    Advancing:

    UConn, SYRACUSE,

    Winner and it hurts to pick them, but:

    UConn

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