Three instate women's teams headed to NCAA Tournament

Candice Alexander
March 21, 2017

He averages 16.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.1 apg for a team many expect to make it to Glendale for the Final Four.

Kansas and Duke are in the running for Trevon Duval, a 6-2 point guard from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., who has completed visits to KU, Duke, Arizona, Baylor and Seton Hall. "I think everybody's obviously going to be excited". It starts with a potential Sweet 16 matchup with Purdue.

Out in the Midwest, teams will play their opening rounds throughout the country before the winners meet in Kansas City for the Sweet Sixteen.

"I was kind of the voice of reason, my teammates said, because they were all like, 'What if they forgot about us?' she said". Vermont has had a great season in the America East but the Catamounts will not be able to handle the incredible size of Purdue's big men, Caleb Swanigan and Isaac Haas. Haas, at 8.0 fouls drawn per 40 minutes, is eighth nationally.

Kansas guard Frank Mason III reacts after the game against Oklahoma State.

The 6-8 freshman forward has had some minor brushes with the law this season, but that hasn't affected his game.

I'm just telling you that I'm going to be wrong. It could have been a lot worse for this team than it turned out to be.

No. 24 Kansas State received its 15th NCAA Tournament invitation and second straight under coach Jeff Mittie as the seventh-seeded Wildcats will host No. 10 seed Drake on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. "A couple of years later we made a pretty good run to the Elite Eight". But I picked Louisville to go to the Final Four because they're good, and I'd like to see Deonte Burton get a good long run in with the Cyclones to wrap up his collegiate career.

And frankly, this is a bigger concern for Kentucky than it would be for other teams.

No. 3 UCLA: The Bruins just don't guard well enough.

The 5-11 senior has been a major part of the turnaround for the Cowboys, another one of the more entertaining offensive teams to watch in the tournament under first-year coach Brad Underwood, who previously used the same attractive style at Stephen F. Austin. But this will be their first appearance since 1992. "You don't have as many dominant teams as you had 15 to 20 years ago". I think very few people are gonna pick them. Notre Dame generally takes care of the ball - they have the best turnover margin in the ACC - but they haven't been asked to do so like this. "That doesn't always guarantee you're going to make shots, but I know we're going to be ready to play".

SMU, coached by former Kansas assistant Tim Jankovich, has won 16 straight games, including an AAC tournament title.

Kansas was in the running, if not the favorite, for the No. 1 overall seed before a quarterfinal faceplant against TCU in the Big 12 tournament. The Bulldogs feature four players who average in double figures, led by Lizzy Wendell, who averages 21.1 points per game. How about this: The Cardinals have a top 25 offense and the sixth best defense in the country, both according to KenPom. The kid has been unbelievable and has the same impact on this team Kemba Walker had on UConn in 2011.

Kansas is one of nine schools in the running for Shakur Juiston, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound sophomore forward from Hutchinson Community College.

The only team during that stretch that didn't have at least one elite point guard was Duke's 2010 team, but even they were led future National Basketball Association guards Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer.

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