Big East Teams

March 21, 2011 by staff 

Big East Teams, West Virginia dropped eight of their last 12 games ahead of the selection on Monday, and would probably have been described as a weaker team on the bubble. Seeing how well the Big East was made in the first round of the NCAA puts a little perspective on why the Highlanders struggled to get into the Big Dance: Great game This is quite difficult.

This is not a new phenomenon, the league has been growing and building for some time. But the 9-0 Big East record through the first round of NCAA play is solid evidence of talent in the league.

But now the question is: How many great teams in the East can get into the Sweet? That will be much more difficult.

Sunday, five major East squad won to join the four who had been victorious on Saturday. University of Connecticut, the No. 1 overall seed, began Sunday afternoon with a -39 victory over No. Seed Hartford. The Huskies, at her home in Storrs, Connecticut, for the first rounds in the Philadelphia Regional, will face ninth-seeded Purdue.

The Boilermakers shot 40.5 percent from the field and were outrebounded by 17, and still beat Kansas State -45 in an uninspiring game that suggests the Huskies faithful do not have much to worry about in the second round. That said, the University of Connecticut, two-time defending champion, was able to be consistent “up” for each opponent.

Meanwhile, the Big East foe that defeated UConn for its 2009 NCAA title, in Louisville, scored 19 points Shoni Schimmel first year in a 81-62 victory over No. 10 seed Vanderbilt in the Spokane Regional. And the Big East team played two games, grinding it against UConn this season, Georgetown, establishes the law against Princeton on Sunday. The Hoyas got off to a big early lead and then slipped to a 65-49 victory, led by Sugar Rodgers points and rebounds.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, Rutgers used his famous defense to curb Louisiana Tech, keeping fans from Ruston, Louisiana, to give the Lady Techsters any edge of the home state. Louisiana Tech shot 27 percent from the field in the 76-51 defeats to Rutgers seed number 7 in the Dallas Regional

And another Big East victory Sunday also came in the Dallas Regional as a No. Seed West Virginia beat No. 8 Houston 79-73. Climbers are a strong team of high and took a 26-point Liz plastered. Principal investigator Ali Medina had 13 points and rebounds for New York.

As good as the Big East may feel about their game this weekend, though, as mentioned, it is much harder in Round 2. Not by the University of Connecticut, frankly, but for most others.

Stay in the Philadelphia Regional, the No. 5 seed Georgetown will have a ring to battle fourth-seeded Maryland – and the Terps have the advantage of hosting the game. No. Seed DePaul will face the same problem, as the Blue Devils play in the sixth-seeded Penn State next.

In the Dayton Regional, No. 8 seed Marquette has a mammoth task next: top-seeded Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, where the Lady Vols have never lost a game of the NCAA tournament.

Meanwhile, the No. 2 in Dayton, Notre Dame, will be in a neutral court in Salt Lake City against the th-seeded Temple, which quite easily overturned No. 7 Arizona State in the first round.

The four teams in the other half of the support of all major obstacles faced in trying to make the Sweet. In the Spokane Regional, No. 9 seed San Juan has to play top-seeded Stanford in the Cardinal’s home floor, Stanford has not lost there since 2007, the NCAA tournament, and a string of consecutive victories. And Louisville meets No. Seed Xavier Musketeers court.

There is nothing easier in the Dallas Regional; New York now must meet No. 1 Baylor Lady Bears Ferrell Center. And Rutgers is against No. 2 seed Texas A & M in a neutral stadium in Shreveport.

So … an excellent start to the Grand Orient, no doubt. But it will take some very big upset to keep the spot until the end in the Sweet 16.

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