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How they got here and what's next for every team in the Sweet 16?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:14:05 EST

All four No. 1 seeds and each No. 2 seed reached the regional semifinals -- as well as a pair of No. 11 seeds. Only 16 teams are left. How did they advance to the Sweet 16 -- and what must they do to keep moving along in March?

Win puts Stanford in 11th straight Sweet 16

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:31:00 EST

After a shaky start to the season, in which a scheduling conflict prevented the Cardinal from facing the Cardinals in the opening weekend, Stanford never lost confidence and will now face the Lexington Regional's top seed in the Sweet 16.

No. 2 Texas rolls over ASU and into Sweet 16

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 23:50:56 EST

Texas secured a big lead in the third quarter after a 14-2 run, and Arizona State never had a chance to close the gap as the Longhorns cruised into the Sweet 16.

Westbeld return inspires Irish past Villanova

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 22:49:41 EST

With top-seed Notre Dame struggling to a halftime tie against Villanova on Sunday in a second-round women's NCAA Tournament game, a visibly angry Muffet McGraw had seen enough.

UConn scores record 140 points in tourney win

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:37:45 EST

UConn opened the 2018 NCAA women's tournament by shattering the record for most points in a women's game, surpassing the previous mark of 121 set in 1995.

Mercury's Taurasi adds another title -- Mom

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:30:06 EST

The Mercury's Diana Taurasi and former Mercury standout Penny Taylor announced the birth of their son, Leo. "I'm in a new chapter of my life," Taurasi said. "I'll take any advice anyone has."

George H.W. Bush has fun with Obama's picks

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:07:24 EST

Former President Barack Obama picked the Michigan State men and UConn women to win NCAA basketball titles as he tweeted his tournament brackets.

Rutgers passes on WNIT: 'Season should end'

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:32:42 EST

Rutgers, the 2014 WNIT champions and also a 2016 participant, decided to decline an invite this year after C. Vivian Stringer said the Scarlet Knights were snubbed by the NCAA tournament committee.

Auriemma: No interest in coaching UConn men

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:21:50 EST

UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma says he has no doubt he could coach the school's men's basketball team and enjoy it, but doesn't want to do it, at age 63.

UConn touts the upside to downshifting

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:01:07 EST

Fast? Slow? Somewhere in between? After wins in two very different types of games in the first two rounds, UConn might be ready for anything Duke can throw at it in the Sweet 16.

Buffalo stuns Florida State to reach first Sweet 16

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:11:39 EST

The Sweet 16 has two double-digit Cinderellas after No. 11 seeds Buffalo and Central Michigan won Monday. The Bulls, who beat Florida State on the Seminoles' court, and Chippewas are the first pair of 11-seeds or lower to reach the Sweet 16 since 2012.

Central Michigan shocks Ohio State in Columbus

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 21:50:09 EST

On a night when Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell moved into second on the NCAA all-time scoring list, Central Michigan pulled off the upset to make its first Sweet 16 and kept the Buckeyes from potentially reaching the Final Four in their own backyard.

Is Tennessee coach Holly Warlick on the hot seat?

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:27:43 EST

On Sunday, Tennessee suffered its first home loss in NCAA tournament history and fell short of the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons for the first time. So the question will come again: Is coach Holly Warlick the right person to keep leading the Lady Vols?

Carter's late 3 caps Texas A&M comeback win

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:31:09 EST

Chennedy Carter scored 32 of her 37 points in the second half, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 3.2 seconds left, to lift the fourth-seeded Aggies to the fourth-biggest comeback in women's NCAA tourney history.

Oregon State keeps its cool in Tennessee upset

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:06:02 EST

The Beavers became the first team to beat the Lady Vols on their home court in the history of the women's NCAA tournament. Not by playing the game of their lives but by playing like themselves for three quarters.

How Oregon State stunned 3-seed Tennessee

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 16:14:48 EST

Oregon State's first win over Tennessee sent the Beavers to the Sweet 16 -- but also marked the first time in program history that Tennessee missed the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons, and the Lady Vols' first home loss in 58 NCAA tournament games.

No. 1 seed Louisville is first to reach Sweet 16

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 14:56:15 EST

Those concerns about Louisville stars Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen were put to rest Sunday, as both stars were sharp -- and got plenty of help -- in the Cardinals' second-round victory over Marquette. Louisville advances to the Sweet 16 in Lexington.

Mid-majors ruled Day 2

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:48:03 EST

Talking about parity is tricky on the same day UConn scored nearly 100 points in a half. But No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast and 11 seeds Central Michigan, Buffalo and Creighton ensured mid-majors will be represented in the second round.

UConn shatters scoring records in 140-52 first-round rout

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 13:12:02 EST

St. Francis (Pa.) stuck to its fast-paced style -- and it meant more possessions and a record number of points for UConn in Saturday's first-round game. The Huskies ran wild, scoring 55 points in the first quarter and a women's NCAA-record 94 by halftime.

The numbers within UConn's 140-52 win

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:09:06 EST

You don't post a 140-52 win without a whole bunch of things going your way. Here's a look at the numbers that led to UConn's record-setting rout in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

The Dominant 20

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:51:43 EST

In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.

The Dominant 20: The biggest questions we know you have about our list

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:52:04 EST

Peter Keating answers all the burning questions we know you're asking about how he compiled The Dominant 20 athletes list.

Buffalo wins battle of Bulls to give MAC two teams in second round

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:05:39 EST

Hours after Mid-American counterpart Central Michigan pulled off an upset, No. 11 seed Buffalo upended sixth-seeded South Florida. It's the first time since 1996 the MAC has had two teams reach the second round.

Moore, No. 11 seed Central Michigan upset No. 6 seed LSU

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:03:53 EST

Central Michigan's starters scored all but four of its 78 points in leading the No. 11 Chippewas to an upset win over No. 6 LSU in the first round on Saturday.

Dish: Ionescu triple-double dominates Day 1 of women's tournament

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 23:58:27 EST

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu and Marquette's Natisha Hiedeman delivered some of the biggest individual performances as the women's NCAA tournament got underway Friday. We wrap up all of the day's first-round action.

South Carolina sweats out first-round victory

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 21:56:06 EST

The defending NCAA champs got the first-round win, but it was a struggle. A'ja Wilson's 19 points and 16 rebounds helped the Gamecocks overcome 19 turnovers to beat 15th-seeded North Carolina A&T 63-52.

No. 10 seeds Virginia, Minnesota pull first-round upsets

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:26:30 EST

Chalk ruled the early part of Friday's first-round games in the women's NCAA tournament, until a pair of No. 10 seeds -- Minnesota, which beat 7-seed Green Bay, and Virginia, which downed seventh-seeded Cal -- advanced to the second round.

Bench lifts top-seeded Louisville to first-round victory

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:21:23 EST

With usual stars Asia Durr and Myisha Hines-Allen combining for just six field goals, Louisville's bench produced 33 points and 14 rebounds to spark the Cardinals -- a No. 1 seed for the first time -- past Boise State in the first round Friday.

Oregon's Ionescu is one of most exciting players in tourney

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:45:51 EST

A transformational playmaker and triple-double machine, Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu has helped take the second-seeded Ducks from underdogs to favorites very quickly. And when the NCAA tournament tips Friday, she's one of the must-see players.

UConn leads way in 1-64 NCAA tournament power rankings

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:46:34 EST

Whether you know a lot about a handful of teams or a little about most of them in the women's NCAA tournament, get even more prepared for the first round with Charlie Creme's 1-64 power rankings, which examine the best and worst outcome for each team.

UConn's great, but BPI says take the field

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:45:01 EST

Once again, the women's NCAA tournament is a binary matter of of "UConn or the field?" It's a fair question. And though the Huskies' odds are favorable to raise a 12th banner, BPI says you should take the field.

UCLA seniors Canada, Billings take aim at final NCAA tournament

Thu, 8 Mar 2018 12:36:05 EST

Jordin Canada and Monique Billings grew up playing basketball against each other. Now seniors at UCLA with one final shot in the NCAA tournament, the duo complement each other and know they need each other to make it past the Sweet 16.

A'ja Wilson, UConn duo headline espnW All-America first team

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:03:43 EST

South Carolina's A'ja Wilson, the espnW player of the year, joined UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson and Gabby Williams, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu and Mississippi State's Teaira McCowan. In all, 15 players were honored on our first, second and third teams.

South Carolina's Wilson is espnW's player of the year

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:03:34 EST

A'ja Wilson, who led South Carolina to an unprecedented fourth straight SEC tournament title, is espnW's national player of the year, while Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw is coach of the year and Texas A&M's Chennedy Carter is freshman of the year.