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Corey’s full women’s bracket

Albany Region

Round of 64

1. Connecticut Huskies over 16. St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers – After an early overtime loss to Stanford, the Huskies quickly went back to their dominance with 31-straight victories.

9. Seton Hall Pirates over 8. Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Rutgers has been inconsistent down the stretch and Seton Hall has been heating up. They score more and have a more dynamic big-three led by Tabatha Richardson-Smith (17.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg).

5. Texas Longhorns over 12. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers – The Lady Hilltoppers have certainly had a great season but Texas is so much bigger, more athletic and deeper.

4. California Golden Bears over 13. Wichita State Shockers – Wichita State has a very tough defense that got them here with a very impressive victory over Ohio State earlier this year but Reshanda Gray (17.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) leads very potent Golden Bears offense.

11. LSU Tigers over 6. South Florida Bulls – There aren’t a ton of upsets in the women’s tournament but LSU seems like a good pick to pull one off. This season, they’ve lost to teams they have no business losing to but they also beat Mississippi State, Kentucky and Texas A&M twice. Their defense is tough and offensively Danielle Ballard (14.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg), DaShawn Harden (10.9 ppg) and Raigyne Moncrief (11.7 ppg) all have the ability to go off on a given night.

3. Louisville Cardinals over 14. BYU Cougars – Louisville will have their hands full with Lexi Eaton (20.7 ppg) and double-double machine Morgan Bailey (17.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg) but they have so much experience and so much depth and their defense is really, really good and should lead them to the victory.

7. Dayton Flyers over 10. Iowa State – Dayton has a very strong offense that should be able to get going early against the Cyclones.

2. Kentucky Wildcats over 15. Tennessee State Tigers – The Tigers’ winning streak ends at 10 as the incredibly talented Wildcat backcourt takes over this game.

Round of 32

1. Connecticut Huskies over 9. Seton Hall – UConn has the best scoring team in the country that won’t be slowed down by the 190th-ranked defense in the country.

5. Texas Longhorns over 4. California Golden Bears – Texas allows only 58.1 points per game, which will keep them and Kelsey Lang (10.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg) in a tough game that the Longhorns have plenty of experience finishing this year.

3. Louisville Cardinals over 11. LSU Tigers – LSU’s inconsistency just won’t allow them to maintain a run past a first-round upset.

2. Kentucky Wildcats over 7. Dayton Flyers – Both team will be able to score a lot in this game but Mikayla Epps (14.5 ppg), Jennifer O’Neill (14.4 ppg) and Linnae Harper (11.4 ppg) lead a more athletic team in Kentucky.

Sweet 16

1. Connecticut Huskies over 5. Texas Longhorns – The beautiful thing about UConn, their nation’s best offense is paired with the nation’s best defense that allows only 47.1 points per game.

3. Louisville Cardinals over 2. Kentucky Wildcats – Though Kentucky has size, it’s used almost exclusively for defense. Louisville’s big’s will prevent Kentucky’s guards from slashing inside to do their regular damange.

Elite 8

1. Connecticut Huskies over 3. Louisville Cardinals – Louisville doesn’t have anybody that can truly matchup against Breanna Stewart (17.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg) or Keleena Mosqueda-Lewis (15.1 ppg).

Spokane Region

Round of 64

1. Maryland Terrapins over 16. New Mexico State Aggies – Maryland should easily extend their winning-streak to 25 with a win over the Aggies.

8. Princeton Tigers over 9. Green Bay Phoenix – Even tough the Phoenix have one of the top defenses in the country, Princeton’s potent offense combined with their seventh-ranked defense should get them a win in this game.

5. Mississippi State Bulldogs over 12. Tulane Green Wave – Victoria Vivians (15.1 ppg) has gotten better and better as her freshman season goes on and Tulane doesn’t have anybody to match up with her.

4. Duke Blue Devils over 13 Albany Great Danes – I went to an America East Conference school in Maryland (UMBC) so I’d naturally love to see this upset but I have to be realistic with it too. Albany just doesn’t have the size or athleticism to get past Duke in this one.

6. George Washington Colonials over 11. Gonzaga Bulldogs – This mid-major clash is very much a toss up, but the Colonials are more tested against top teams and have more wins against top teams. That experience should help them out in a close one.

3. Oregon State Beavers over 14. South Dakota State Jackrabbits – Oregon State has a very potent offense and have the advantage of playing at home in this one. They should easily move past a Jackrabbits team that has had some quality wins, including on at Arkansas.

7. Chattanooga Mocs over 9. Pittsburgh Panthers – Any team that can beat Villanova, Tennessee and Stanford is as good as they come. Chattanooga has a very, very tough defense that is second in the nation and that’s not skewed by based on a weaker strength of schedule.

2. Tennessee Volunteers over 15. Boise State Broncos – Tennessee is one of the elite programs in the country for a reason. They are explosive, they attack well and they have so much depth that they have been able to overcome all sort of injuries this year like nothing was missing.

Round of 32

1. Maryland Terrapins over 8. Princeton Tigers – With all due respect to President Barack Obama and his niece on Princeton’s team, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (13.4 ppg) and the Terps are just took much for them.

4. Duke Blue Devils over 5. Mississippi State Bulldogs – Duke’s experience will be the key factor in this game against a talented but young Bulldogs team.

3. Oregon State Beavers over 6. George Washington Colonials – Oregon State has the benefit of being at home in this one and their shooting accuracy will nullify the Colonial’s dominance on the boards.

2. Tennessee Volunteers over 7. Chattanooga Mocs – Chattanooga got the better of Tennessee earlier in the year but Tennessee will look to get them back and the defense they are playing right now should help them do it.

Sweet 16

1. Maryland Terrapins over 4. Duke Blue Devils – We thought we missed out on the classic ACC rivalry this year with Maryland moving to the Big Ten but they very well may meet in the Sweet 16 an there Maryland will show their depth against a Duke team that just doesn’t have a very good punch off the bench.

2. Tennessee Volunteers over 3. Oregon State Beavers – This time the Volunteers are looking to avoid a team trying to avenge an early season loss and it’s really hard to argue against their defense, especially against a team that just doesn’t shoot well from 3-point range.

Elite 8

1. Maryland Terrapins over 2. Tennessee Volunteers – Maryland has the fire-power and depth to break Tennessee’s defense and the Volunteers’ lack the elite scorers to make up for it.

Oklahoma City Region

Round of 64

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish over 16. Montana Grizzlies – Montana won’t have any answer for Jewell Loyd (20.5 ppg).

9. DePaul Blue Demons over 8. Minnesota Golden Gophers – Both teams can absolutely score and neither team can really defend and when that’s the case and the talent level is pretty even you go to rebounding margin and seeing that neither team rebounds particularly well the next deciding factor is turnover margin. That is where DePaul shines, they don’t turn the ball over very much at all. The winner of this game could hit 100.

5. Oklahoma Sooners over 12. Quinnipiac Bobcats – It’s been a great year for Quinnipiac, but Oklahoma is just way too big, way too strong and way more athletic to be upset.

4. Stanford Cardinal over 13. Cal State Northridge Matadors – Lili Thompson (13.4 ppg) and Amber Orrange (13.2 ppg) should have a field day scoring in this one.

11. Miami Hurricanes over 6. Washington Huskies – Washington has a very talented backcourt led by Kelsey Plum (22.8 ppg) and Jazmine Davis (15.9 ppg) but it’s unfamiliar territory for the Husky team that hasn’t been to the tournament since 2007. Meanwhile, Miami is in their fourth tournament in five years and are led by a very talented guard of their own in Adrienne Motley (16.4 ppg).

3. Iowa Hawkeyes over 14. American Eagles – senior point guard Samantha Logic (13.5 ppg, 8.0 apg, 6.8 rpg) can completely take over this game but she doesn’t have to do it all by herself. Iowa has a very talented starting five that knows how to score.

10. Arkansas Razorbacks over 7. Northwestern Wildcats – Arkansas smothers teams with their defense and usually dominates on the boards. Northwestern isn’t the most prolific offense and is terrible on the boards.

2. Baylor Bears over 15. Northwestern State Demons – Northwestern State is a solid mid-major, Baylor is a great high-major. There is a clear difference in talent here.

Round of 32

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish over 9. DePaul Blue Demons – If you struggle to defend, you’re not beating Notre Dame. They have a legitimate 10-player rotation and all of them can score.

4. Stanford Cardinal over 5. Oklahoma Sooners – Stanford doesn’t have the elite forwards they usually have but Oklahoma is a very small team and that should allow the Cardinal to take advantage inside.

11. Miami Hurricanes over 3. Iowa Hawkeyes – Iowa plays with a guard-heavy lineup and it leads to a consistent loss on the boards. Miami has some veteran forwards who should take advantage on the glass to keep Miami hanging around.

2. Baylor Bears over 10. Arkansas Razorbacks – Baylor has a way better offense than Arkansas has a defense and they are better on the boards as well.

Sweet 16

1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish over 4. Stanford Cardinal – Stanford’s inexperience is going to catch up on them at some point while the Fighting Irish find a way to score in bunches with one of the very best offenses in the country.

2. Baylor Bears over 11. Miami Hurricanes – Miami’s run ends here against a much superior Baylor team led by Nina Davis (21.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg).

Elite 8

2. Baylor Bears over 1. Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Both teams can absolutely score but Baylor is so good on the boards and it will help them extend their possessions after rare misses and help end Notre Dame’s possessions on the few shots they miss.

Greensboro Region

Round of 64

1. South Carolina Gamecocks over 16. Savannah State Tigers – Savannah State just doesn’t create nearly enough offense to possibly pull this upset.

9. Nebraska Cornhuskers over 8. Syracuse Orange – Syracuse doesn’t shoot the ball with great efficiency and relies way too much on three’s. Nebraska can slow the pace down, win the rebounding battle and used their forwards Hailie Sample (7.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) and Emily Cady (12.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg) to wear Syracuse down to pick up a win.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes over 12. James Madison Dukes – This is going to be a great battled between two of the national’s best scorers, OSU’s Kelsey Mitchell (25 ppg) and JMU’s Precious Hall (20.5 ppg) but the Buckeyes have a much better supporting cast and should roll through for a victory.

4. North Carolina Tar Heels over 13. Liberty Flames – North Carolina runs a very fast-paced offense that scores in bunches. That’s just not something Liberty can match.

11. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans over 6. Texas A&M Aggies – Arkansas-Little Rock isn’t your typical small-conference school, they’ve beaten Oklahoma and won at LSU this year. The Aggies are well-tested themselves but they don’t score all that easy and they rarely make three’s. That’s not good at all against one of the country’s best defenses.

3. Arizona State Sun Devils over 14. Ohio Bobcats – The Sun Devils have too much size for Ohio and should clean up on the boards on their way to a victory.

7. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles over 10. Oklahoma State Cowgirls – Oklahoma State has four talented scorers and that’s about it. They don’t have the depth of scorers needed to beat the Eagles.

2. Florida State Seminoles over 15. Alabama State Hornets – Britney Wright (17 ppg) has done a great job leading Alabama State this far but it’s the end of the road for the Hornets as they play a team that is just simply far more talented.

Round of 32

1. South Carolina Gamecocks over 9. Nebraska Cornhuskers – South Carolina has one of the best players in the country coming off their bench, A’ja Wilson (13.3 ppg). They’re very big, play very good defense and are an incredible accurate shooting team. It’s not a team Nebraska can overcome.

5. Ohio State Buckeyes over 4. North Carolina Tar Heels – North Carolina’s has dynamic guards but they have almost no depth up front. Ohio State is built around dominant forwards, Kelsey Mitchell (25 ppg) is as good as they come and has Alexa Hart (11.9 ppg) and Shayla Cooper (10.8 ppg) to work off of as well.

3. Arizona State Sun Devils over 11. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans – Arizona State’s guard play will lead them to a big victory over the Trojans.

2. Florida State Seminoles over 7. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles – A guard-oriented Eagles squad has nowhere near the size needed to beat Florida State, which dominates on the boards as it is.

Sweet 16

1. South Carolina Gamecocks over 5. Ohio State Buckeyes – Ohio State has decent enough size to get by smaller teams but they don’t particularly do a great job using it. This year the Buckeyes are -3.6 in rebounding margin. South Carolina is +10.6 and one of the best teams in country on the boards.

2. Florida State Seminoles over 3. Arizona State Sun Devils – Florida State doesn’t have just one or two scorers, they have seven serious threats and they overwhelm even the best defenses in the country with their ability to find scorers anywhere.

Elite 8

1. South Carolina Gamecocks over 2. Florida State Seminoles – The Seminoles may have a bunch of scorers, but they don’t have anybody who can put the team on their back and lead them to a victory in a very difficult game like this one and South Carolina does in Tiffany Mitchell (14.4 ppg).

Final Four

1. Maryland Terrapins over 1. Connecticut Huskies – There is probably some home-town bias here but I’ve seen the Terps play and they have a lot of toughness and fight in them. That is what a team needs to beat a very, very talented UConn team.

2. Baylor Bears over 1. South Carolina Gamecocks – With Baylor’s ability to score with the best of them, teams have to be able to shoot three’s to beat them and that is where South Carolina’s short-coming is.

National Championship

1. Maryland Terrapins over 2. Baylor Bears – At this point let’s just keep with my home-town team but not just for no reason. Maryland has one of the most accurate offenses in the country, which led to the fifth-ranked offense. They rebound the ball well, they move the ball well and they forced nine steals per game. Baylor doesn’t have many upperclassmen and turn the ball over 14.1 times per game. They are talented, can score and play a tough defense but make it 33-straight victories to claim the title.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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