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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Triple-double in state playoffs for UConn commit

UConn incoming freshman Napheesa Collier recorded a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals to lead her Incarnate Word Academy to a 69-30 win over St. Charles West in the Missouri 4A quarterfinals.

Next up for Collier and IWA will be a matchup in the 4A semifinals on Thursday against Bolivar at Mizzou Arena. With a win Collier will look to lead the Red Knights, winners of 74 straight games against in-state competition, to a third consecutive state title.

The NCAA Division I bracket will be announced on Monday night on ESPN. It seems a safe assumption to say that the Huskies will be the No. 1 overall seed and after hosting the first and second rounds, will head to Albany for the regionals.

The question is which team will draw the assignment of facing UConn in the first round.

The picture became a little clearer after today's games with teams like Delaware, Evansville, Maryland-Eastern Shore and Pan American all losing today.

Alabama State, which won the SWAC title today likely to the relief of the folks at the NCAA because if Southern had emerged victorious, there would be plenty of stories coming out about the nasty brawl Southern and Texas Southern. Alabama State's RPI is in the 260-280 range depending on which database you happen to look at. The Southland champion will be decided on Sunday against Northwestern State and Houston Baptist, teams with RPIs in the 200s. While predicting what the NCAA tournament committee is going to do isn't the easiest of tasks, I would think the Southland champion would be paired with Baylor in the first round while Alabama State would seem to be the best option to face South Carolina in the first round. MEAC champ Savannah State could be another option for a No. 16 seed although I would say that the most likely scenario would be that the winner of the Northeast Conference title game being sent to Storrs as the No. 16 seed as either Robert Morris or St. Francis (N.Y.) would have one of the lowest (or highest if you are so inclined) RPIs.

Carla Berube, a key player on UConn's first national championship team, is headed to the Division III Final Four for the second year in a row as the head coach at Tufts.

Berube's Tufts squad defeated defending national champion FDU-Florham 58-52 in Saturday's quarterfinals.


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