Monday, March 15, 2010

JMU, Liberty, Hampton, Virginia find out their dancing partners tonight at 7

They might have been seeded No. 2, but they finished No. 1.

The state's three Division I conference champions - JMU (CAA), Liberty (Big South) and Hampton (MEAC) were all seeded No. 2 in their tournaments. Both the Dukes and the Lady Flames beat No. 1 seeds in the title game.- Virginia is a lock to make it four Commonwealth teams when the field is announced tonight at 7 p.m. (ESPN).

Take a look at ESPN's final Bracketology if you want an educated guess on how the pairings will line up. Liberty vs. Baylor? Hmmm....And did we speak to soon about the Huskies coming. Charlie Creme has them going to Pitt and projects Oklahoma State (we compare Andrea Riley to Iverson), Michigan, Lehigh and Georgetown (Sugar, sugar would get to play in front of friends and family.

Three other state teams, Old Dominion, Richmond and VCU, should have the opportunity to continue their seasons in either the WNIT (most likely) or the new, 16-team Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI). Both of those fields will be announced after the NCAA does its business later tonight.- It will be interesting to see which teams opt for the new WBI. Louisville has already accepted one invitational; the Big East's Cardinals reached the NCAA title game last season but went just 14-17 in 2009-10. We're guessing you couldn't find 10 folks who know what the WBI is.

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