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We're in! Teams celebrate

March, 12, 2012
03/12/12
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Iowa coach Lisa Bluder high-fives with her team after the Hawkeyes received a No. 9 seed. They will face California in the first round.

IowaDarren Miller/Iowa AthleticsLisa Bluder and the Iowa Hawkeyes will be making their fifth straight trip to the tournament.

Coach Pat Summitt and No. 2 seed Tennessee may have to go through Elena Delle Donne and Delaware, and then Brittney Griner and Baylor to reach the Final Four.

TennesseePatrick Murphy-Racey/UTADPHOTOTennessee has won the most women's basketball titles -- eight -- under coach Pat Summitt.

No. 16-seed Liberty will face top-seeded Notre Dame in the first round. Harvard, a No. 16 seed, defeated No. 1 seed Stanford in 1998.

LibertyKevin Manguiob/Liberty AthleticsLiberty players shout for joy after their school gets its NCAA matchup.

Fresno State is the No. 12 seed in the Des Moines region. The Bulldogs play No. 5 Georgetown and Sugar Rodgers.

Fresno StateFresno State AthleticsFresno State players raise their arms in celebration when their bracket is revealed.

Florida players will have a tough road, facing No. 8 seed Ohio State, which features one of the toughest backcourts in the country with Samantha Prahalis and Tayler Hill.

FloridaMatt Pendleton/UAAFlorida players show their vertical after being selected for the tournament.

Julie Wojta and Green Bay finished the season with a 30-1 record but received a No. 7 seed. The Phoenix also have to travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State.

Green BayGeorgia Tech AthleticsGreen Bay took a subdued approach when its name was called for the field.

Connie Yori and Nebraska went all the way to the conference tournament final in their first season in the Big Ten. The No. 6-seeded Cornhuskers play Kansas in the first round.

NebraskaNebraska AthleticsCoach Connie Yori and the Nebraska Cornhuskers react to their selection.

Kentucky won the SEC conference regular-season title. As their reward, the Wildcats received a No. 2 seed and will face McNeese State.

KentuckyKentucky AthleticsKentucky players are all smiles watching the "NCAA Selection Show" on Monday.

Kansas State will face Princeton in the first round. If the Wildcats win, they will likely face No. 1 seed UConn in the second round.

Kansas StateKansas State AthleticsKansas State players fist pump as the Wildcats make the tournament field.

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, back left, and her team are No. 6 seed and will face Michigan. The winner could play No. 3 seed St. John's from the Big East.

OklahomaOklahoma AthleticsOU is 20-12, but Sherri Coale credited a strong nonconference schedule for the No. 6 seed.

Some updates after Sunday's conference tournament games:

NOTABLE

• Delaware (Colonial) and Green Bay (Horizon) won their respective tournament championship games, removing any bid-stealing possibilities on the final day of conference tournaments.

• Creighton (Missouri Valley), Liberty (Big South) and Sacred Heart (Northeast) also held their spots in the field with tournament titles.

• Kentucky holds onto the final No. 2 seed. The Wildcats had more quality wins (11) than Miami (five) or Delaware (five), had a better SOS than both, and won a regular-season title in the second-rated conference.

• Texas remains the last team in. The Longhorns are no slam dunk, but the decision came down to fact they have more wins against other teams under at-large consideration (seven) than North Carolina (three), Michigan (four), Southern California (four), James Madison (one), Oklahoma State (five) and Kansas (six). Of course, there a number of other factors to consider, but this was the deciding measurement. Victories over Michigan State, California and Virginia were a collection of nonconference wins none of the other teams have.

LAST FOUR IN

Temple
Iowa State
Michigan State
Texas

FIRST FOUR OUT

North Carolina
Michigan
Southern California
Oklahoma State

NEXT FOUR OUT

Kansas
James Madison
Wake Forest
Arizona State

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (8)
SEC (8)
Big Ten (6)
Big 12 (6)
ACC (5)
Atlantic 10 (3)
Pac-12 (2)
WCC (2)
Sun Belt (2)

Automatic qualifiers
Saturday's update
Friday's update
Wednesday's update
Tuesday's update

Some updates after Saturday's conference tournament games:

NOTABLE

• Eastern Michigan (MAC), Hampton (MEAC), UC Santa Barbara (Big West), Navy (Patriot), Idaho State (Big Sky), San Diego State (MWC), Albany (America East), Prairie View (SWAC), UTEP (C-USA), Fresno State (WAC), Stanford (Pac-12) and Baylor (Big 12) all earned automatic NCAA bids on Saturday.

• James Madison took itself out of at-large consideration with a loss in the CAA semifinals.

• Creighton replaced Missouri State as the MVC representative by beating the Lady Bears. The Bluejays meet Drake on Sunday for the MVC's only bid.

• Drexel and Detroit could steal bids on Sunday. Delaware (CAA) and Green Bay (Horizon), the favorites in the those respective games, would be at-large entrants.

LAST FOUR IN

Temple
Iowa State
Michigan State
Texas

FIRST FOUR OUT

North Carolina
Michigan
Southern California
Oklahoma State

NEXT FOUR OUT

Kansas
James Madison
Wake Forest
Arizona State

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (8)
SEC (8)
Big Ten (6)
Big 12 (6)
ACC (5)
Atlantic 10 (3)
Pac-12 (2)
WCC (2)
Sun Belt (2)

Automatic qualifiers
Friday's update
Wednesday's update
Tuesday's update

Some updates after Friday's conference tournament games:

NOTABLE

• Kansas State lost to Baylor in the Big 12 semifinals, but it doesn't affect the Wildcats' place in the field. They are No. 33 overall on the board, the first No. 9 seed.

• Iowa State, which lost to Kansas State in Thursday's Big 12 quarterfinals, remains among the last four in.

• Kansas, which lost to Texas A&M in the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday, remains among the next four out.

• Texas A&M's win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 semifinals leaves both teams unchanged. The Aggies are a No. 4 seed playing in College Station. The Sooners are a No. 8 seed playing in Norman.

• Southern California lost to Washington State in the Pac-12 quarterfinals, which dropped the Trojans on the board and eliminates them from the field.

• Upsets in the Big West put UC Santa Barbara in as the conference representative for now.

• Bowling Green's loss in the MAC semis knocks out the Falcons. They are replaced by Eastern Michigan in the field as the No. 13 seed, still playing in Bowling Green.

LAST FOUR IN

Temple
Iowa State
Michigan State
Texas

FIRST FOUR OUT

North Carolina
Michigan
James Madison
Southern California

NEXT FOUR OUT

Oklahoma State
Kansas
Wake Forest
Arizona State

CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

Big East (8)
SEC (8)
Big Ten (6)
Big 12 (6)
ACC (5)
Atlantic 10 (3)
Pac-12 (2)
WCC (2)
Sun Belt (2)

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt)
BYU (WCC)
Connecticut (Big East)
Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun)
Dayton (Atlantic 10)
Marist (MAAC)
Maryland (ACC)
McNeese State (Southland)
Princeton (Ivy)
Purdue (Big Ten)
Tennessee-Martin (OVC)
Tennessee (SEC)
Samford (Southern)
South Dakota State (Summit)

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey talks about the differences between Thursday's runaway72-48 victory over Texas Tech and the two previous games the teams played this season that were close.

Odyssey Sims talks about how well prepared Baylor was to face Texas Tech in the Big 12 quarterfinals on Thursday.

Texas A&M senior guard Sydney Carter talks about the Aggies' Big 12 tournament-opening victory over Kansas and how she has helped tutor freshman Alexia Standish, who had 25 points versus the Jayhawks.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There was a lot of familiarity in how Thursday's Big 12 tournament quarterfinals played out. The three teams who've all been to the Final Four in the past two seasons -- Baylor, Oklahoma and 2011 national champ Texas A&M -- advanced to Friday's semifinals, where they'll be joined by Kansas State.

Meanwhile Kansas, which hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 2000, is left to sweat it out until Selection Monday with a glimmer of hope at 19-12.

We've been here before, right? Oh, yeah. This is my 16th Big 12 tournament, and the narrative of the past several years hasn't changed that much. What's different, though, is now there are just 10 teams, two of whom are departing after this season.

Texas A&M and Missouri will head to the SEC, and the Tigers have officially played their last game as a Big 12 team. They gave Oklahoma a scare for a little more than a half, but the Sooners rallied for a 70-59 victory. The No. 10 seed Tigers' season ends at 13-18, and so concludes an era.

Missouri was a successful team in the old Big Eight, winning the league tournament title four times. But in the Big 12 era, which began in 1996-97, the Tigers never even made it to the league tourney final. Now they will try their luck in the SEC. It's going to be quite a challenge.

No. 2 seed Oklahoma, meanwhile, bounced back from a very surprising home loss to Kansas to end the regular season. Next up for the Sooners is Texas A&M, which also lost its regular-season finale. The Aggies fell at Texas -- "It hurt my soul to lose to them twice this year," said Texas A&M senior guard Sydney Carter -- and came into this tournament looking to find their championship selves.

They encountered a Kansas team that really needed a win for its NCAA hopes, but didn't get it. The Aggies pulled away down the stretch, 78-63. Texas A&M did it without senior Tyra White, who's dealing with a foot injury. She had started all but two games in the past three seasons, and Texas A&M coach Gary Blair dreaded playing without her.

"It killed me; I was in a horrible mood," Blair said. "[But] somehow, I believed in our kids. We had great guard play today."

Indeed they did, as freshman guard Alexia Standish scored a team-high 25 points and Carter added 18 points, seven rebounds and eight assists (with no turnovers). Center Kelsey Bone had 16 points and forward Adaora Elonu 13. That's what Blair always wants to see from the Aggies: four players in double figures.

Will they be able to do that against Oklahoma, especially if White is still unable to play? The Aggies split their regular-season meetings with the Sooners, winning 75-58 at home in January, and losing 64-55 in Oklahoma in February.

Texas A&M will be trying to make its fifth consecutive Big 12 final, having won the title in 2008 and '10, and finishing runner-up in 2009 and last year. Both those championship-game losses were to Baylor, which is trying to win its fourth Big 12 tournament title.

Baylor, the undefeated No. 1 seed, pounded No. 9 seed Texas Tech 72-48 Thursday, preventing the game from being anything like the two close contests between the two teams during the regular season.

Friday, the Lady Bears face No. 5 seed Kansas State, which topped No. 4 Iowa State 67-63 in Thursday's best game at Municipal Auditorium. Jalana Childs set a K-State school record for a Big 12 tournament game with 31 points. She also had 10 rebounds. She and the Wildcats will need all that and then some against Baylor, which beat K-State 76-41 and 70-41 in their two meetings this season.

Kansas State post player Jalana Childs talks about the Wildcats' victory over Kansas on Saturday and clinching the No. 4 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament.

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