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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Share of title on the line for UConn

With all the hoopla surrounding Senior Day festivities and the expected return of Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to the lineup, it has kind of flown under the radar that UConn can earn a share of its 21st regular-season conference title.

Louisville is a game behind first-place UConn and the Cardinals play at Cincinnati at 2 p.m. today. If Louisville wins as it is expected to and UConn beats Rutgers that would still give Louisville a chance to earn a share of the title with a win over the Huskies on Monday. If that were to happen, the No. 1 and 2 seeds would likely come down to a coin flip.

As of right now the only team locked into a seed is Houston at No. 10. Houston is 1-15 in conference play and even if the Cougars won out and tied Central Florida in the standings, they would lose the first tiebreaker since the Cougars were 0-2 against UCF.

Rutgers and South Florida are locked into the top four. If South Florida beats SMU today that would set up what is pretty much a playoff for the No. 3/4 spots (barring a stunning upset by Rutgers today) on Monday. The only way Central Florida could get out of the No. 9 slot would be to win its last two games while Memphis loses its final two games. There are too many variables left to run down the possibilities for positions 5-8. At the current time it would go like this: 5. SMU; 6. Temple; 7. Cincinnati; 8. Memphis

If the tournament, which is being played at Mohegan Sun Arena, were to start right now here is what the tournament schedule would look like

FRIDAY MARCH 7
No. 9 Central Florida vs. No. 8 Memphis, 6 p.m.
No. 10 Houston vs. No. 7 Cincinnati, 8 p.m.
SATURDAY MARCH 8
No. 5 SMU vs. No. 4 South Florida, noon
Central Florida/Memphis winner vs. No. 1 UConn, 2 p.m.
Houston/Cincinnati winner vs. No. 2 Louisville, 6 p,m,
No. 6 Temple vs. No. 3 Rutgers, 8 p.m.
SUNDAY MARCH 9
Semifinals, 1 & 3 p.m.
MONDAY MARCH 10
Championship game, 7 p.m.

STATE TITLE ON LINE TONIGHT FOR WILSON
UConn recruiting target A'ja Wilson said she would not be announcing her college of choice until her senior season at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School is over. Well, that is going to happen tonight when Heathwood Hall plays Northwood in the SCISA Class AAA championship game at 6:30 p.m. at Sumter Civic Center.

Wilson had 32 points in a 76-33 win over Hilton Head Christian as she went over the 2,900 career point total in the win. Not including her stats from last night's semifinal win, Wilson is averaging 34.4 points, 14.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 3.1 steals and 5.1 blocks per game highlighted by back to back triple doubles.

Wilson, a 6-foot-4 forward who was named the Naismith National High School Player of the Year, will pick between UConn, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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