Can Louisville take Tina Charles out of the game? Can young point guard Deseree' Byrd harass UConn's Renee Montgomery just enough? Charlie Creme breaks down the X factors and key individual matchups in Tuesday's title game.
As it turns out, losing to UConn in the regular season might not hurt a team's NCAA profile too much. But landing in the eighth spot in the S-curve -- and in the same regional as the Huskies -- is the thing to be wary of.
Saturday's Tennessee-Stanford matchup is hardly the only pivotal nonconference game coming up. Between now and Christmas Day, several teams will play big games that will have an impact on the tourney selection process.
Big East fans weren't satisfied with UConn and Rutgers getting No. 1 seeds in Charlie Creme's projection. But our bracketologist explains why more teams from the conference weren't included in the field.