Big Monday produced two big blowouts. After Tennessee routed Kentucky, UConn topped Oklahoma to wrap up a busy day for coach Geno Auriemma, whose player pool for Team USA was narrowed down to 21 players Monday.
The Sweet 16 is set. Time for some first impressions, including the fact the tournament has a much less predictable plot than the past two seasons.
Texas A&M coach Gary Blair and OU coach Sherri Coale agree there's no better preparation for the NCAA tournament than playing in the Big 12. Now, if they can only avoid UConn and the Dayton Regional.
UConn always aims to play the best it possibly can each game, not just well enough to win. That's exactly the sort of relentlessness that helped the Huskies overcome Oklahoma on Monday.
Geno Auriemma has said all along that Tina Charles' consistent play in the post might be the key to UConn's sixth NCAA title. Charles is ready to answer the call.
A year ago, Stanford beat UConn on this very stage. But don't think their Final Four rematch is about revenge. Both teams have changed a lot in the past 12 months, and both teams have plenty to prove.